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#1    Belial

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 12:03 PM

I was wondering the other night, if space as a odour, and if so what is it, and why?
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Posted 16 September 2007 - 12:26 PM

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I was wondering the other night, if space as a odour, and if so what is it, and why?
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Your kidding right?

Space has no odour because theres no atmosphere in fact if you took of your space helmet the air would be sucked from your lungs and you would die. Every limb in your body would swell to about twice their size, you would also freeze pretty solid after a short while too.

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 12:36 PM

Ummmmm Yeah, Air is what carries smell I beleive. So, what ever you do dont fart in your space suit. lol

Which brings me to say, If and when aliens are real, "Do they smell". Oh thats right most pix ive seen of aliens dont have noses."Doh" Oh well never mind.




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Posted 16 September 2007 - 12:39 PM

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Space has no odour because theres no atmosphere in fact if you took of your space helmet the air would be sucked from your lungs and you would die. Every limb in your body would swell to about twice their size, you would also freeze pretty solid after a short while too.


I'm pretty sure he meant on a much more hypothetical basis. Like, if in the event the human body was made in such away it could withstand the vacuum of space, if you smelled it would it have a scent?

Though I'd more agree that it's air that carries scent. So it's probably unlikely that you'd smell anything.

I'd like to think it'd smell like rain. I don't know why, that's just what I imagine. lol.

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 12:43 PM

I always though it might smell like ice, you know when It fizzes in your glass of water and the cold frost goes up your nose. Gassy maybe. Or when you smell the fresh air first thing in the morning before the wind starts to blow.


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Posted 16 September 2007 - 02:30 PM

There are no odour molecules in space, without odour molecules our ORNs ( Olfactory receptor neurons) and part of the sensory system do not work.

Anyways..... Astronauts tend to lose their senses of smell and taste. This is thought to be because to the congestion in the nose resulting from the increased capillary pressure as the heart no longer has to work against gravity. As a consequence the sinuses tends to fill up with fluid, giving rise to a feeling of stuffiness similar to a head cold.





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Posted 16 September 2007 - 02:50 PM

simple.. no air, no odor.


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Posted 16 September 2007 - 03:24 PM

I think it smells like roses. Anyone smell it before? Hehehe...how would you know?

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 03:39 PM

If it does it is so faintly that it cannot be smelled due to the low concentration of matter in space. It could take several years before an adequate molecule hits your olfactory senses.



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Posted 16 September 2007 - 05:38 PM

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There are no odour molecules in space, without odour molecules our ORNs ( Olfactory receptor neurons) and part of the sensory system do not work.

Anyways..... Astronauts tend to lose their senses of smell and taste. This is thought to be because to the congestion in the nose resulting from the increased capillary pressure as the heart no longer has to work against gravity. As a consequence the sinuses tends to fill up with fluid, giving rise to a feeling of stuffiness similar to a head cold.


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Posted 16 September 2007 - 06:35 PM

Yes, in outer space there is an array of smells.  You don't need air to carry the smell, all you need is the molecules to trigger the olfactory receptors in your nose.  Even so there is a lot of air in space, just found spaced out.  Some areas might have basically no smell while others would have numerous scents.


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Posted 18 September 2007 - 12:16 AM

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I think it smells like roses. Anyone smell it before? Hehehe...how would you know?




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No, sweetie, no one ever smelled it.
I think no one would attempt to try.


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I was wondering the other night, if space as a odour, and if so what is it, and why?
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It's really not a bad question.

Odor is a sensation which is caused by mostly organic molecules, although there are inorganic molecules which are odorants as well.  These molecules are dissolved in air.

The sensation is perceived by receptors in the nose, which of course transfers them to the portion of the human brain which processes olefactory inputs.  This produces a highly subjective reaction.


But the bottom line to "smell" is that it requires organic or inorganic odorants suspended in air.  In other words, it requires something (air), which contains something else in it (an odorant),  that can enter the nose in order to trigger the receptors which produces the perception of odor.

You've got to be able to breathe in order to smell something.

Now, space is almost completely nothing.  
Of course, it's not entirely empty.   However, relative to atmosphere here on Earth (where, incidentally the sense of smell evolved, utilizing the constituents of our atmosphere in order to develop the sense), it's absolutely vacant of anything.   Thus it has no smell whatsoever, since it isn't anything but vacuum.

Further, attempting to smell space would involve opening your helmet, so you could sniff.

Remember that  people who work in space have these really expensive suits they wear. This is because humans evolved and live in an atmosphere which consists of something.   They cannot live in an environment that consists of nothing...thus, the really expensive suits which hold someting all around them under pressure so they can live and work in that environment.


Unfortunately, due to the zero pressure outside your suit, the pressure inside your suit would rapidly bleed out of your hat in rapid fashion, and you would find yourself suddenly having the air sucked right out of your lungs...rendering you absolutely unable to sniff, momentarily wondering (in an horrific panic) why you ever thought of such an idea in the first place, unconscious within about 10 to 12 seconds (for physiological reasons I shall not get into here (it's yucky)), and thoroughly dead within a matter of minutes.


So, no, space has no smell, and thus cannot be smelled, because it is actually nothing.  It is also incredibly foolhardy to attempt it, and would be a fatal experiment.

Not a pleasant day for any human being.

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...however, the idea that it smells like roses is nice.  I however, would accept that without ever attempting to prove it!





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Posted 18 September 2007 - 01:27 AM


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I was wondering the other night, if space as a odour, and if so what is it, and why?
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Good point. I've often wondered why an astronaut hasn't lifted up his visor and taken a good sniff.
Perhaps someone should suggest this to Nasa.. as part of a new scientific experiment to try during the next space shuttle mission.
I hypthosize that indeed space would not only have an odour but that it would smell like extremely strong CRAP.

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 01:33 AM

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No, sweetie, no one ever smelled it.
I think no one would attempt to try.
It's really not a bad question.


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