What does the moon smell like?

I’ve never smelled moondust, and I was intrigued by this question posted at Nasa.gov: What does the moon smell like?

Gunpowder, according to Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan.

Meteorite carries a faint odor of firecrackers

The closest I’ve come to smelling moondust was on a recent visit to meteor research lab at the University of California San Diego. The scientist (who asked to remain anonymous because his lab contains several highly valuable pieces of meteors and asteroids) allowed me to hold and sniff a meteorite that struck the earth over 100,000 years ago.

Firecrackers, according to my sniffer. Its faint odor reminded me of walking through a cloud of smoke in the street after all the firecrackers have been lit.

ABOUT THIS COLUMN: Some odors are especially sticky: in my nose, in my brain and in my heart. Those are the smells that are the topics of this weekly Wednesday feature, Reek of the Week.

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