Ever wondered how space smells like? If not, here, comes an opportunity for you to explore the smell of outer space through a perfume that gives you a fair idea of how outer space smells like and was developed by NASA.
The out-of-this-world fragrance was developed by Steve Pearce, a chemist, and founder of Omega Ingredients who was contacted by NASA in 2008 to create the fragrance. As per CNN report, it took Pearce nearly four years to develop it, told Matt Richmond, the product manager of Eau de Space.
The perfume, ‘Eau de Space’ was developed with the core purpose to help astronauts train and get accustomed to the smell in space before launching in orbit and eliminating any potential odors they might encounter while in space.
“It’s kind of like a smell from a gun, right after you fire the shot,” Peggy Whitson, an astronaut and former resident of the International Space Station, had once told CNN in an interview back in 2002 about the smell of space. “I think it kind of has almost a bitter kind of smell in addition to being smoky and burned.”
Richmond told that he has struggled to describe how the fragrance smells, adding, “Astronauts describe the smell as a mix of gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries and rum.”
While the fragrance was developed by 2012, it was not made available to the public.
But hold your breaths especially the space lovers as the fragrance might just be out to the world anytime soon for everyone to use, thanks to a Kickstarter.
An American public-benefit corporation, Kickstarter is based in Brooklyn, New York, that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity
The Kickstarter description page for Eau de Space reads, “Space-cial backers, We’ve reached over 1,000% funded, registering 391 backers from all across the world, and $20,000+ backer pledge dollars. We couldn’t be more grateful. This week our team is busy ramping up our marketing efforts to continue spreading the word, sourcing our fragrance bottles/packaging/labels, and lining up logistics for the fulfillment.”
“We’re excited to announce a stretch goal: At $40,000 we will be upgrading the size fragrance of all backers pledges from 2 ounces to 4 ounces. No action is needed from you, all backers will receive this upgrade. Have ideas for future stretch goals? Message us 🙂 You’re part of the family now too. If you haven’t yet, please share this project with a friend or loved one–It will help us reach even more STEM programs,” the page adds.
With Eau de Space, the main goal of Omega Ingredients is to garner interest in STEM learning for K-12 students, an initiative to provide better learning audio-visual experiences in educating the students, which Richmond referred to as “experiential education” and hopes that Eau de Space will spark the interest of the students, with parents, teachers, and scientists supporting the interest.
Following this, the company is further looking to recreate the smell of the Moon with the fragrance named Smell of the Moon, depending on the responses ‘Eau de Space’ will receive.