The Nose. . . in space (by Rob Crimmins)

The Nose

Location Is As Important to Odor Perception as it is to Real Estate

article, illustration and photos © Robert A. Crimmins

On Earth new air comes with the wind or by opening a window and bad smells are washed away. The space traveler takes a tiny bubble of precious atmosphere into the void. He can’t open a window so subjects at a NASA lab at White Sands use their own noses as the ultimate instrument to determine "if it stinks".


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