If you’ve ever wondered what outer space smells like, a new perfume might have the answer. NASA scientists now come with a special fragrance so you can experience the special ‘smell of space’ at home. A new scent called Eau de Space is currently running a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and is available for everyone.
The fragrance was developed by Steve Pearce, according to Eau de Space product manager Matt Richmond. Steve Pearce is the founder of Omega Ingredients, a company that aims to “create the highest quality natural flavors and ingredients for the food and beverage industry”. Pearce was originally hired by NASA to recreate the scent in 2008, and it took him about four years to develop it, Richmond said.
A particular smell that, initially, was brought to Earth only to recreate an environment as similar as possible to space during the training of the astronauts and which has remained secret until today. But now the company decided to release it for everyone.
The fragrance, as described by astronauts and cosmonauts who first of all discovered it, is a mix between a burnt steak, a gun that has just fired a shot, rum, and an aftertaste of raspberries, for a bitter, smoky and burnt result. Difficult to imagine but, if the idea of knowing it has always intrigued you, you can participate in the crowdfunding campaign launched on Kickstarter and finally smell the space directly at your home.
Nevertheless, the main goal of the Eau de Space is to create a fragrance that sparks curiosity while leading to an increased interest in STEM (science, technology, engineer, mathematics) students grades K-12. The team’s next step is the creation of the “Smell of the moon” fragrance, the smell of the moon.
The Eau de Space is on sale through Kickstarter for a price of just $29. There are slight discounts if you buy in bulk, and for each bottle you purchase, Eau de Space will donate a bottle to a K-12 STEM program.