If you thought space smelt like an endless, scentless void, you’d be wrong. Astronauts who’ve taken a privileged whiff of the Milky Way have compared the aroma to burnt cookies, gunpowder, raspberries, rum, and even, seared steak. Yet you needn’t be circling the earth to experience the mysterious smell of space for yourself.
NASA first enlisted chemist Steve Pearce to develop the scent of space in order to help train astronauts before launch into orbit, and now, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, this elusive scent will be launched to the wider public as Eau de Space.
The company also revealed that for every bottle of Eau de Space you buy they will donate one to the K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) program. “Our team consists of top Fashion, Tech, Design, and Logistics experience--all with a desire to increase STEM through experiential education,” explains the project's description.
You can find the Kickstarter campaign here. Read more on how you can get involved.
What’s not to love?
•Smells are powerful; we have all travelled back in time when a certain smell jerks a memory, now sensory travel can rocket us into space!
•One real-time aspect of space travel has become more accessible. Can’t afford a flight on Virgin Galactic? Don’t want to become an astronaut? Dust yourself with the parfum of the cosmos…