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Meet George Aldrich, NASA's staff sniffer

'World's Strangest': NASA's Staff Sniffer

George Aldrich drives to work just like everyone else on the planet -- but unlike everyone else, George's job for the past forty years is "official sniffer" for NASA.



George smells everything before it goes into space. Humans have up to 400 nasal receptors that can detect 10,000 different smells. George keeps his sense of smell in tune and plays games with odors to earn his living.

George's official job responsibility is that of toxicity odor testing for NASA's White Sands Test Facility. What makes George important to NASA is that he uses his sense of smell to protect the astronauts that go into space. The success of entire missions depends on NASA's number one "nasal-naut."

The consequences of foul smells going up into space can be disastrous. You see, smells on Earth dissipate because of the natural air flow that dilutes the odors -- so if somebody peels and onion, over time that smell will fade away as new air enters the room.

In space, however, there's no new air, and strange smells can last for years.

After all ... when you're floating above the Earth, you can't just open the window.

What's the wildest job you've ever heard of? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Mike June 30 2014 at 9:14 AM

So how to they handle astrofarts?

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CHUCK Mike June 30 2014 at 9:51 AM

Hepa filters.

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josephcharlesfa CHUCK June 30 2014 at 3:12 PM

So is that an external ass patch or God help us, something internal?

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crowland503 June 30 2014 at 7:38 AM

The stench of the Barak Obama's presidency will linger around this planet for decades. Sending Obama's leaky outhouse into space an insult to the space beings who need to go!!!

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hellyon3too crowland503 June 30 2014 at 9:59 AM

Go spew that crap on a political story, troll. There's no need for it here.

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charlie4562r hellyon3too June 30 2014 at 11:58 AM

Kind of difficult not to find a Obama political story not to spew that line on! IRS, Benghazi, Veterans Administration, abysmal International Affairs Mismanagement, etc. Obama's community organizer on the job training truly leaves a fowl stench!!

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Sandy crowland503 June 30 2014 at 3:05 PM

GOP, the guy above is all yours. Aren't you so proud of the way you have made racism and bigotry acceptable to your members.

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ofleck June 30 2014 at 10:17 AM

I always say it's better to be a smart feller than a fart smeller! :)

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john.michael16 June 30 2014 at 2:11 PM

How does one apply for such a job?

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kgc073 June 30 2014 at 9:28 AM

I guess eating beans before takeoff is a no no for the astronauts.

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Mike kgc073 June 30 2014 at 10:48 AM

Eating beans before take off is how they get into orbit.

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dajewelman June 30 2014 at 4:10 PM

I guess if you fart in space the smell lingers

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gmgpjandon June 30 2014 at 4:38 PM

Are beans on the menu in space?

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onionson June 30 2014 at 5:50 AM

The success of entire missions depends on him? That seems a bit far fetched. They have no filtration system? Doe he sniff for other countries? I'm sure his job has value but it seems a bit over stated. Maybe we could save a bunch of money by simply sending a can of air freshener up.

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Perry onionson June 30 2014 at 6:11 AM

You are an idiot! Read the content again.

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onionson Perry June 30 2014 at 3:37 PM

OK, I did. Here is the quote in case your eyes fail you. " TPehe success of entire missions depends on NASA's number one "nasal-naut." Are you related to Rick rry?

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onionson Perry June 30 2014 at 3:40 PM

Hmm, my copy and paste failed. I blame AOL's new format. Here it is again: The success of entire missions depends on NASA's number one "nasal-naut."

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madddddddddddddd July 01 2014 at 12:34 AM

can this be real?????????????????????

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bigred8690 June 30 2014 at 3:00 PM

I thought it was a picture of Toronto mayor Rob Ford freebasing.

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