How Does the Moon Actually Smell?
For years, mankind has been too concentrated on being capable of flying to the moon. Of course, besides the moon, there have also been quite a few other destination planets that the human race has been trying to reach, such as Mars and even Jupiter, perhaps. However, what men never seem to think of, it seems, is that what the Moon actually looks like. Well, yes, the moon has a round shape, but that is if it is seen from the Earth. What if people really step their feet on the moon and see it first hand? Will they still think of the moon the same way they have always thought of it? Or will they possibly have a changed perspective of what the moon really is like?
Well, one thing for sure is that the moon does not smell good. At least, that is the description of the moon according to some of the Apollo astronauts from the US. As reports have mentioned, the astronauts that have flown to the moon in an Apollo spaceship describes the smell of the fresh lunar dirt to resemble the smell of the spent gunpowder. Although it may sound as bizarre as it may be, that is what the moon really is like.
During the Apollo’s mission to reach the moon, there were twelve astronauts set out to step their feet onto the moon. As reported by the CBS News, an astronaut who was also involved in the lunar mission, Harrison ‘Jack’ Schmitt from the Apollo 17, represented the powdery dirt found on the surface of the moon to be neither acrid nor metallic.
The Apollo astronaut in question even claimed that it took him no less than seven minutes to come up with a more illustrative representation of the smell of the lunar dirt. So, Schmitt came up with the idea of representing the lunar dirt smell as something kind of like the smell of fired gunpowder. This was perhaps also because the smell of fired gunpowder were more implanted in the memories of the Apollo astronauts rather than any other smells or odors that are actually found to exist on Earth.
Yet, the opinion from the director who runs the Planetary Geological Science Institute at the Tennessee University, Larry Taylor, is that the mucus membrane that exist within the body of the moon walkers is well capable of sensing the dust particles that are highly activated with the moon’s so-called ‘dangling bonds’.
According to Larry Taylor, some sorts of odors will always be produced every single time a geologist throws and smashes a rock onto the Planet Earth. This is triggered by the minerals smashing with one another. In turn, this results in the formulation of the dangling bonds. On the moon, however, these dangling bonds are actually capable of lasting for a much longer time than they are capable of doing so on Earth. The reason is because the soil and rock of the moon comprise at least forty three percent of oxygen. After all, a massive number of the dangling bonds are found to have come from oxygen indeed.
So, after all being said, it seems that there is quite a huge probability that the smell, as reported by the Apollo astronauts, especially Schmitt, is simply a perception that comes to the mind. After all, the astronauts of the Apollo spaceship seem to be more familiar with such a smell, the spent gunpowder smell, rather than any other smells there are out there. Perhaps, it was also why Schmitt could not come up with any idea of how to represent the smell for seven whole minutes.