Eau de Space is a new fragrance designed to smell like outer space, according to its Kickstarter page. The campaign has raised almost $200,000. Astronauts have long shared their perspective on the smells they encounter in space, often describing the musty, metallic whiffs they caught aboard their spacecraft.
What smells like gun powder, steak, raspberries and rum? Outer space, supposedly. And now, thanks to a new fragrance launched on Kickstarter, you don’t have to travel all the way to orbit to get a whiff.
Chemist Steve Pearce of Omega Ingredients is behind the new outer space scent, CNN reports. So far, his Kickstarter campaign has 4,695 backers who have raised a total of $193,641.
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Pearce has long sought to emulate orbital odors not found on Earth. For one art installation, dubbed “Impossible Smells,” he recreated the smell of the Mir Space Station. The fragrance he concocted was a pungent mixture of sweat, nail polish remover, and gasoline, he said at the time. In 2008, Pearce was in talks with NASA to recreate the smell of space in an effort to train astronauts on the scents they might encounter in orbit.
So what does space actually smell like?
“The smell was strong and unique. Nothing like anything I had ever smelled on Earth before,” former NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli said in a promotional video for the scent. “Rarely a day goes by when I don’t think about the smell of space.”
Other astronauts have confirmed that space has a kind of strange, metallic odor. Astronaut Peggy Whitson, who was the first female commander of the International Space
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