The Smell of Space

The scent will soon be orbiting around an Earthling near you.

Decades ago, as part of its rigorous training programme, NASA asked specialists to develop the “smell of space” in order to help prepare astronauts for the experience of outer space. And, earlier this month, OGN Daily reported that a company was crowd funding, and endeavouring to pre-sell, Eau de Space to anybody that wanted to smell out of this world.


Since then, Eau de Space has attracted thousands of eager buyers, raising $516,000 in pre-orders. So, Houston, we are a go!


“The history of the ‘smell of space’ has been clouded behind various accounts of its development. Ever since the first space walk, astronauts were shocked by the lingering odour when returning back into the spacecraft,” says the funding website.


NASA Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield said, “The only time you can smell space is when you come back in from a space walk. As you open the hatch, there is a distinctive smell.” Some describe it as rum, fruit, seared steak, or a BBQ. The first space tourists also noted a pungent aroma once the hatch opened, “like burnt cookies”.


Gene Cernan, the Apollo 17 Astronaut remarked about another scent he experienced: “The moon smells like spent gunpowder.”


Now, the makers have partnered with award winning perfumers, and report that they’ve secured exclusive commercial contracts to reproduce the secret shelved formula based on verified astronaut accounts.


It will be made in the UK utilizing environmentally-friendly practices, including zero manufacturing waste. 11,000 people have become supporters and there’s still 21 days left to order. Perfect as a Christmas stocking present for the man who has everything?


If you don’t have $29, you don’t have to go to the moon to catch a whiff - the scent will soon be orbiting around an Earthling near you.


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