Can you imagine what space smells like? According to astronauts, space smells like a mixture of burnt cookies, raspberries, and gunpowder. Yeah, we know that’s a little hard to imagine all those distinct smells coming together. And since space is probably a place that none of us will ever get to experience up close and personally in our lifetimes, we’ll never know the smell for ourselves. That is, until today.
Fret not, you curious earthlings, for you can now find a perfume that smells exactly like space on Kickstarter called Eau De Space. The smell is concocted after a series of verified accounts by NASA astronauts who have returned safely from spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS). Many of them describe a distinct, lingering BBQ-like smell after closing the hatch and taking off their space suits.
The perfume also comes in the smell of the moon named Eau De Luna, which has a different smell from space, as recounted by 12 NASA astronauts who have walked on the moon and returned into their spaceships caked in moon dust.
These scents were first created when NASA partnered with a fragrance maker based in the UK to emulate the atmospheric smells for the purpose of astronaut training. Once a secret formula locked away in the depths of NASA’s vaults, these fragrances are now ready to be unveiled to the world.
The Kickstarter project is slated to end on August 17th and has gathered more than 12,995 backers to date. The project aims to bring the scent of space to laypeople, in the hopes of inspiring others to want to venture into space one day themselves.
For every bottle purchased, the project will donate one bottle to a K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program in aid of their research efforts.
You can purchase one bottle of Eau De Space for a minimum spend of US$29, or simply donate a bottle for US$15.
Check out the Kickstarter project here.
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