International Space Station smells awful because astronauts fart more in space

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The International Space Station smells “like a barbecue that has gone wrong” because astronauts in orbit fart more.

Tim Peake, 50, who spent 186 days on the station in 2016, made the rotten revelation while being quizzed over his adventures by an eight-year-old on the Dirty Mother Pukka podcast.

He was asked: “What’s it like to burp in space when you’ve got your helmet on?’’

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The astronaut replied: “That’s a great question, but do you know you don’t actually burp in space?

“So when you eat food your body is still digesting your food and producing the gas but those bubbles of gas don’t rise up.

“So there’s only really one way that they do come out…’’

Tim also said the International Space Station smelled “really unusual”.

“It’s a little bit like a barbecue that’s gone wrong. Burnt meat, scorched, metallic smell – almost like static electricity when you take your jumper off and you’ve got those static sparks,” he said.

This comes after Bill Clinton revealed he "sent people" to check Area 51 for aliens after he became US President.

Speaking on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden, Clinton said he and his chief of staff John Podesta (who, according to the former president was a huge science fiction fan) made “every attempt to find out everything” about the 1947 Roswell incident, in which an alien spaceship is rumoured to have crashed in the desert of New Mexico.

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The former president explained: "I said, 'We gotta find out how we're gonna deal with this because that's where we do a lot of our invisibility research, in terms of technology, like how do we fly airplanes that aren't picked up by radar and all that."

Clinton’s inspection did not return any results pointing to the existence of aliens on the secretive military base.

He said: "There's no aliens, as I know."


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