Video: Why does the moon smell like gunpowder?

Why does the moon smell like gunpowder? (video)
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After walking on the moon, astronauts hopped back into their lunar lander, bringing the heavenly body's dust along with them on their spacesuits.

They were surprised, and perplexed, to find that it smelled like spent gunpowder.

This week on Reactions, learn why might smell like the aftermath of a Civil War reenactment:


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Jun 21, 2019
The smell is probably from nitrogen oxides - classic byproducts from black powder detonation. Whether the nitrogen is coming from the atmosphere or the dust is an interesting question.

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