Learn about the job of George Aldrich as a NASA sniffer. In this video you will see how important a NASA sniffer is for the space missions of NASA.
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George Eldridge has worked at NASA for over 30 years doing just one job, one job with a lot of titles like super sniffer, master sniffer, chief smeller and Nostradamus. Eldridge smells everything that goes in the space shuttle to make sure it is obnoxious. After all, you can't just open a window once you're in space. Just ask the Russians, they have to abort a mission in 1976 because of some hideous stench. Eldridge is a natural. He has never failed NASA’s calibration test in which he must identify seven primary odors. His mission on this day is to smell a cork NASA hopes to use aboard the shuttle. A chemist uses a syringe to pull air from a chamber holding the item, then she injects the air into George’s face mask. The cork wins his approval. But some decisions are tougher than other, what if his unusual skill has spread? He once appeared on a television quiz show to tell the truth. But fame never interferes with his day job or his sense of duty. He has now sniffed over 780 different materials and George would go on smelling for space, try to fair it out, the right stuff.