National: Steaks In Space

Much as we like to share funny videos with you on Fridays, the news (from the Sun, via Boing Boing) that outer space apparently smells like fried steak seems too important not to share. From the article:

Astronauts reported the bizarre scents on their suits when they returned from space walks.

The space agency has commissioned Steven Pearce of British fragrance firm Omega Ingredients to recreate the smells to help train spacemen.

He said: “When astronauts were de-suiting and taking off helmets, they all reported quite particular odours. “We have already produced the smell of fried steak, but hot metal is more difficult.

With that in mind, we went trolling YouTube to see what sense that site could make of all this. Here’s what we found:

Well, that explains everything, doesn’t it? But how to re-create the sensation at home?

Here’s what you do: Head over to [tk] Alfred’s Steakhouse or something, position yourself in front of the vent, bend over double, and hyperventilate for about 30 seconds. Then straighten up quickly. You should have the feeling of weightlessness while smelling the rich aroma of steak. To recover, go in and have a New York strip and a bottle of Bud.
[Editor’s note: Don’t do this nonsense. Just go have a steak. You deserve it.]

Space Smells Like Steak [Boing Boing]
Space smells of steak, say NASA [The Sun]
Alfred’s Steakhouse [MenuPages]
Alfred’s Steakhouse [Official Site]

National: Steaks In Space