The Apollo Astronaut Who Was Allergic to the Moon

(via mental_floss)  The inside of Apollo 17’s lunar module smelled of gunpowder. It was December 1972, the last of NASA’s manned moon missions, and astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt had just finished a survey of the Moon’s Valley of Taurus-Littrow. They had returned to the module with their spacesuits caked in moondust. They brushed themselves off and removed their helmets. Suddenly, Schmitt began having a sneezing fit. His eyes reddened. His throat itched. His sinuses clogged.

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