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After walking on the Moon astronauts hopped back into their lunar lander, bringing Moon dust with them. They were surprised, and perplexed, to find that it smelled like spent gunpowder. This week on Reactions, learn why Moon dust might smell like the aftermath of a Civil War reenactment.

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Credits:
Producer: Melissa Salpietra
Writer: George Zaidan
Scientific Consultants: John Pernet-Fisher, PhD Jimmie Oxley, PhD Thomas Cleland, PhD Don Bogard, PhD Abhijit Basu, PhD
Executive Producer: George Zaidan

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