Do you really wish to know what a comet smell like? In simple words, it smells like a rotten egg.
Recently, researchers of European Space Agency revealed that comet generally contain a horrible smell.
Experts analyzed the Rosetta spacecraft comet 679 Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The study unveils that the comet releases a strong gas vapors with the help of “out gassing”. It usually transforms the comet’s ice into a water vapor through sunlight.
Scientists utilized special instruments on board of the European Spacecraft Rosetta. The spacecraft is all set to fall a Lander on the icy exterior of the comet.
The ESA website reported that the comet smell is so unique that no one wishes to smell it.
Moreover, Kathrin Altwegg who is the project leader notified that this smell would increase when the spacecraft moves closer to the sun. The sun will compel the spacecraft to produce more gas.
Scientists were really eager to find out the configuration of comet as these chemical fumes would probably disclose some significant details related to the origin of the solar system.
The gaseous arrangement of Comet 67P is same as the composition of other comets of Oort cloud.
This smell of toxic gases can only be stopped with a dangerous mixture of gases such as ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde and hydrogen sulfide.