What Does the Moon Smell Like?

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Reactions Science Videos | June 19, 2019

After walking on the Moon astronauts hopped back into their lunar lander, bringing Moon dust with them. They were surprised, and perplexed, to find that it smelled like spent gunpowder. This week on Reactions, learn why Moon dust might smell like the aftermath of a Civil War reenactment.


The Mysterious Smell of Moondust

The Moon Smells: Apollo Astronauts Describe Lunar Aroma

Fireworks Fashion, Extraterrestrial Smells

Propellant Chemistry

The Chemistry of Combustion and Arson


Trying to Rest

Wake-up for EVA-2

The Effects of Lunar Dust on EVA SystemsDuring the Apollo Missions

What a Little Moon Dust Can Do

The Chemical Composition of Lunar Soil

Breathing lunar dust could pose health risk to future astronauts

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Lunar dust and lunar simulant activation and monitoring

Physicochemical properties of respirable-size lunar dust

Moon Dust Is Super Toxic to Human Cells

The Mystery of Moon Dust

Assessing Toxicity and Nuclear and Mitochondrial DNA Damage Caused by Exposure of Mammalian Cells to Lunar Regolith Simulants

Lunar surface: Dust dynamics and regolith mechanics

NASA’s Dirty Secret: Moon Dust

The Chemical Reactivity of Lunar Dust Relevant to Human Exploration of the Moon

The Lunar Regolith

NASA's Dirty Secret: Moon Dust

Smell Disorders

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