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2012-07-21 05:22:45 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: Old Man Winter: Space has no odor at all.

What if you put a hotdog in space? A real big hot dog. A hot dog the size of a planet. Would the particles vanish?

Or do you mean the space between the molecules that might have an odor that humans could detect?

Seems a silly, short-sighted, assertion.

/kids smell like ozone when they come in after playing in the cold.

I figure your joking. just a bad, poorly constructed joke meant to sound ignorant and unschooled. Bravo.
A hotdog in space is a hotdog in space, not the near vac of space, so my post has nothing to do with your hypothetical hotdog.
First you need to know when and where your hypothetical hotdog was formed. Your hypothetical hotdog, was it formed by accretion and stayed where it was born? Has it migrated? Is it an interloper that was captured? Did your God just put it there?
(I assume you know all this basic stuff, but if you are rusty...,) Then you need to know its core composition, its mass, its temperature. Figure out its surface g and then its minimum molecular weight. All that will determine what, if any, atmosphere you hypothetical hotdog had.
Then just figure its albedo and grnf to determine its avg temp.
Tada! You can determine its atmospheric composition from all that jazz.
Easy enough to extrapolate what if any particulates would be in the atmosphere (as you know, vulcanism and such will complicate that), and from there you can determine your hypothetical hotdog's odor.
If you weren't joking, I will pray for you.
2012-07-21 05:27:38 PM  
Wouldn't there be a whole lot of rocket exhaust be hanging around space surrounding the station? I'd think that it might account for some of the smell.
2012-07-21 05:34:45 PM  
Seems legit.
2012-07-21 05:38:05 PM  
Not unlike robot hell.
2012-07-21 05:41:40 PM  

I like the smell of gunpowder on the moon

it smells like godhood
2012-07-21 05:42:21 PM  
Hot metal and methadrine...

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/hot like, well, metal
2012-07-21 09:30:17 PM  
It's ozone. The UV off a welder creates ozone, as does any electrical arc, just like the sun does in our atmosphere. Smell an ozone generator once, strong metallic smell.
2012-07-21 10:00:16 PM  
Space doesn't smell like anything.

The Moon supposedly smells like gunpowder.
The Earth smells wonderful once you get away from humans.

Spacecraft smell like ass once they've been inhabited for even a short while, there's a whole technology based on getting "microcontaminants" out of the air, before it becomes unbearable.

A SpaceX Dragon smells like a new car. (you know they did that on purpse)

/I'm guessing the Millenium Falcon smelled like stale beer, weed, and wookie chow.

/kinda think they did that one on purpose :)
2012-07-22 01:15:59 AM  
Beats the alternative smell of rotten fish.

They also mentioned that some parts smell like rum, my favorite drink lately.
2012-07-22 06:32:25 AM  
Your dog

MaudlinMutantMollusk: steak

Your dog wants some space.
2012-07-22 01:54:37 PM  

Road_King: Hot metal and methadrine...

Sped on adrenochrome.
2012-07-22 06:01:44 PM  

studebaker hoch: /I'm guessing the Millenium Falcon smelled like stale beer, weed, and wookie chow.

Really seems legit:

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