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Eau de Space Brings Distinct Smell of Space to Earth, in Fragrance Form

The smell of space, previously experienced only by trained astronauts (more or less), will soon have no more secrets for common folk, assuming they will back a new KickStarter campaign.
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Eau de Space is coming in a limited-edition series, with the team behind it saying it will replicate the exact smell you find in space. They know this because they’re working with chemist Steve Pearce of Omega Ingredients, who was contracted by NASA in a bid to replicate the smell of space so they could use it in astronaut training.

“The Smell of Space has been locked behind ‘Need to Know,’ Astronaut only field training, and Red Tape for years. Through shear determination, grit, a lot of luck, and a couple of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, we got it out,” the team says in the description of the campaign.

They need funds to get Eau de Space into production, and they’ve already secured them, even though they still have 47 days to go into the campaign, as of the time of press. In fact, reception has been overwhelming: with an initial goal of some $2,000, the campaign currently has $85,700+ in pledges.

As for what you might expect from Eau de Space, suffice it to say that it’s probably not for every nose. “Seared steak, raspberries and rum” and a lot of bitter metallic tinges is what you can smell in space, according to astronauts’ accounts. The team says they’re working with independent astronauts to verify that their fragrance is in accordance with this description. And yes, it “can be worn if you like the smell,” they say. 

That said, no one has ever smelled space per se. You can’t smell it and live to tell the story, but astronauts say the sniff coming off stuff that’s been out there also has a vague aroma of gunpowder, brake pads, burned walnuts and an acrid smell of ozone. Accounts vary, but astronauts agree that there is a distinct, indescribable and unforgettable smell up there. This fragrance will aim to replicate that.

However, the goal of the campaign is a tad more noble than just selling perfume. The makers are partnering with STEM for an experimental education program, so that every pledge amounts to a bottle of Eau de Space that is donated to a school of the backer’s choosing. With a double pledge, the backer can make a donation and get his or her own bottle of fragrance.

There are no plans to continue making the fragrance after the campaign ends.

For those with ethical concerns, Eau de Space is kosher certifiable, halal and vegan suitable, GMO, BHA / BHT / BPA-free, heavy metals compliant and melamine-free.



Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

 
 
 
 
 

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