NASA Is Releasing a Fragrance That Smells Like Space

Katie Ramirez
November 2, 2020

A new Kickstarter campaign brings Eau de Space to the general public-just in case you want to spritz a little essence of the vast unknown behind the ears.

In the video below, which appears on the Kickstarter page, you can see astronauts discussing the unique smell of space in greater detail. Now you can smell like outer space too.

Eau de Space is the latest attempt to bottle the smell of a place-take this New York City candle, or these Tom Dixon candles with a scent to evoke "historical memories of British life". Does it give off notes of "seared steak, raspberries and rum"?

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If you're curious about what outer space smells like, Peggy Whitson, an astronaut and former resident of the International Space Station, told CNN in a 2002 interview: "It's kind of like a smell from a gun, right after you fire the shot". Chemist Steve Pearce - the same person NASA sought out in 2008 to develop the original scent - was recruited to make the perfume. Eau de Space, as it's called, is based on a scent originally created to help astronauts in their pre-launch training. Astronauts have compared the smell of space to "seared steak, raspberries, and rum". It took him four years to ideal the fragrance. "Through shear determination, grit, a lot of luck, and a couple of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, we got it out", the team says in the description of the campaign.

Oh, and if you thought Eau de Space is cool, Richmond says that the company is also looking into a fragrance called Smell of the Moon.there's no telling what that might smell like!

The company developed Eau de Space with the goal of sparking interest in STEM learning for K-12 students. A crowd-funding was recently launched for the scent on Kickstarter - a global crowd-funding platform and according to the platform, the fragrance was made with an objective to help astronauts get accustomed to the smell of space beforehand.

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