Friday Random 10: Space smells edition

Pax Arcana

Despite its proximity to Uranus, space smells surprisingly good.

At least that’s the word from the Times (UK), which reports  that astronauts say outer space smells distinctly like fried steak, as well as hot metal and other acrid smells. Even better, apparently NASA is paying one of those fancy smell labs to recreate the odor for those of you who will never enjoy the sensual pleasures of intergalactic travel:

Nasa asked Steven Pearce, the managing director of Omega Ingredients, which makes fragrances, to recreate the scent after hearing of his work creating smells for an art exhibition in July, one of which was of the inside of the Mir space station. Mr Pearce is interviewing astronauts to help him with his task. “We have already produced the smell of fried steak, but hot metal is proving more difficult,” he said. “We think it’s a high-energy vibration in the molecule.”

In other news, the economy is collapsing around us and we’re staring into the abyss of a profound national depression. But hey! Space smells like steak!!

The songs:

I Want to Live — Talking Heads
Superfly — Curtis Mayfield
Up in the Air — Hüsker Dü
Aging Faces/Losing Places — BSS Presents… Kevin Drew
After the Bombs — The Decemberists
White Christmas — Otis Redding
How to Fight Loneliness — Wilco
Various Stages — Great Lake Swimmers (Live)
Needle in the Hay — Elliot Smith
Meadowlake Street — Ryan Adams and the Cardinals

Bonus Video:

Papa was a Rolling Stone — Stevie Wonder (Live)

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.



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2 responses to “Friday Random 10: Space smells edition

  1. Coach Football

    Cumberland Gap–Dock Boggs
    Was A Sunny Day–Paul Simon
    Never Can Say Goodbye–Jackson 5
    Lounge Act–Nirvana
    New Mexico–Rick Danko
    Orange Is The Color Of Her Dress–Mingus Big Band
    Love Hurts–Roy Orbison
    Les Yper-Sound (Live)–Stereolab
    Rose Rouge–St. Germain
    Just What I Needed–Cars

  2. This picture might be my favorite since the zombie-killing viking shark…

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