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John Oehler, Sunday, 3-10-13 March 11, 2013

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John Oehler, Sunday, 3-10-13


Guest:  John Oehler.  Topics:  John’s new book, “Aphrodesia,” smell and smell issues relating to space.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information.

We welcomed John Oehler to the program to discuss his book, “Aphrodesia: A Novel of Suspense,” which focuses on creating a perfume scent based on the fragrance used by the Queen of Sheba to seduce King Solomon.  It’s a great murder mystery which you will enjoy, but it also opened the door for us to discuss smell, space, Mars, the smell of the insides of a space vehicle, and more.  If you buy the book at Amazon using this link, www.amazon.com/Aphrodesia-Novel-Suspense-John-Oehler/dp/1477680306/ref=onegiantlea20.com, Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF.  During the first hour of this two hour program, we talked about perfumes, scents, biblical references to the same, and then we talked about smell and fragrance in space.  Our guest had much to say about the ISS as well as the shuttle.  We talked about perfume schools, specifically ISIPCA which was the school used for the book. Another issue that came up was determining what was in an ancient scent given archaeological findings of perfume bottles, containers and such.  Other issues regarding scent were discussed including pheromones, fragrance R&D, and the possible use of fragrances to have a more cooperative or supportive mission effort on a long duration human spaceflight.

In our second segment, we talked about their being a smell of Mars and if any of our rovers could detect it.  John also thought having a simple microphone on a Mars rover to record the sounds from Mars would be worth doing.  In this segment we returned to talking about John’s book and the lead character Eric as the story is a very good mystery story. Doug emailed and called in regarding smell, olfactory neurons and chemical bonding, and he asked about certain dog sniffer behaviors.  This opened up an entire new line of discussion regarding the sense of smell of dogs and also the People Sniffer used by our military during the Vietnam war.  Toward the end of the show, our guest talked about Sherlock Holmes and TV shows based on that character, plus we talked about ethical issues using fragrance to manipulate consumers to buying this or that product.  Our last topic had John telling us about the memory of astronauts regarding the smell of space and why bananas are no longer taken to space for fresh food for the astronauts.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  Visit John’s website for more information at www.johnoehler.com.