Skip to comments.Astronauts, Artists Agree: Moon Stinks of Gunpowder
Posted on 10/26/2010 7:03:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
You can't breathe on the moon, but now you can smell it.
A Scottish printmaker has released a series of works that publicize a fact known to astronauts for decades: The moon smells like gunpowder.
Apprentice printer Sue Corke worked with flavorist Steven Pearce of Omega Ingredients and Apollo 16 astronaut Charles M. Duke Jr. to create "scratch-and-sniff" moon prints.
NASA has known since the 1970s about the gunpowder-like odor of Earth's natural satellite.
Even though there's no air on the moon, one moonwalker, Apollo 14 lunar module pilot Edgar D. Mitchell, confirmed to AOL News that the moon smells like gunpowder, possibly because of the composition of basalt rock from ancient lava flows on the side of the moon that always faces Earth...
Mitchell said that the rocks he and his two moon co-voyagers -- Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Stuart A. Roosa -- lugged back to Earth after their 1971 flight "went into the quarantine facility at Houston, but that doesn't mean we didn't get to smell it and talk about it. It's been handled and tested by geologists, and we smelled it in the spacecraft after we got it on board."
...And how does ex-moonwalker Mitchell feel about the idea of scratch-and-sniff moon prints?
"Well, that's ingenuity."
(Excerpt) Read more at aolnews.com ...
Astronaut Charles M. Duke Jr., Apollo 16 lunar module pilot, is photographed collecting lunar samples during the mission's first extravehicular activity at the Descartes landing site. The lunar rover can be seen in the background. [NASA]
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Posted on 03/09/2004 10:36:18 PM PST by LibWhacker
I understand that lunar dust got into everything... finer than sand.
Hmmm, does the moon burn? LIGHT IT LIGHT IT!
Hmmmm, I love the smell of gun powder.
Does it smell like modern smokeless powder or good ‘ol black powder?
I remember hearing one of the astronauts mention that the moon smells like burnt matches and I can’t think about it without the olfactory illusion of burnt matches.
why are there no stars showing in that pic ...over the horizon....?
well the moon can still exude gas even without atmosphere, so they smell it.
all of these sorts of evidences terrestrial/and not make me suspicious of the ‘scientists’ age estimates. My guess? things are a lot younger than they say they are.
Does that mean i believe in a 6,000 year old earth? not right now.
Resolution/sensitivity is probably far too low.
Because it’s the lunar daytime.
Because NASA forgot to turn on the Star Lights in the Lunar Landing Studio in that picture??
For one thing, with this gunpowder smell, it’s obvious that the Moon was built by the Chinese...
Perhaps also filters such as that seen on the visor of the astronaut.
The earth’s atmosphere filters out a substantial amount and cross section of EM radiation (allowing some of that portion which we see here). These filters are strong enough to block stars as well.
The Moon has a sodium atmosphere.
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