NASA the weirdest job in the world

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WHEN you think about working at NASA, you think astronauts, rocket ship engineers and lots of scientists. But what about a staff sniffer?

For nearly 40 years, George Aldrich has had possibly the weirdest job in the world, he is the staff sniffer for NASA. His job requires him to do exactly what you’d expect. He has to sniff everything that will be sent up to space. Everything.

It sounds pointless, but it is actually an extremely important job, because even the tiniest of smells can hang around in space for years. Those smells can then annoy the astronauts affecting their productivity and even make them sick.

 

“If George fails to identify just one problematic pong, a whole mission could be in jeopardy,” the Science Channel explains.

A bad smell back down on Earth can just be aired out, but once you’re up in space you can’t open a window to dilute the air and make the smell go away, which is why this job is critical.

Over his 38 year career at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center as the chief sniffer, Mr Aldrich confessed that, “My friends and family think I’m a little crazy.”

We say don’t listen to them, mate. Live your dreams!

 

Originally published as Is this the weirdest job in the world?



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