Does the space really has a smell? Not in the traditional sense of the word, of course. However, when returning from spacewalks, astronauts described a specific smell permeating their spacesuits. The cause would be the contact between a series of high energy particles, present in space, and the air molecules of space cabins.
In the past, NASA has been interested in reproducing that smell for training purposes and the smell of space the agency created to prepare astronauts for their missions beyond Earth’s atmosphere is now being turned into a perfume.
As the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the scent of space, created decades ago by NASA to ready astronauts for their missions, is being converted into a perfume — Eau de Space — that will be mass produced.
According to Matt Richmond, the product director, this smell has been off limits to everyone but astronauts for years, but "Through sheer determination, grit, a lot of luck, and a couple of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, we got it out."
Expert perfumers helped create this fragrance to ensure that it accurately replicates the real deal. Chemist Steve Pearce - the same person NASA sought out in 2008 to develop the original scent - was recruited to make the perfume.
When struggling to describe to CNN what this space scent smells like, Richmond said that "Astronauts describe the smell as a mix of gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries and rum."
Eau de Space has been created as the first product developed by the creators whose goal is to "increase STEM through experiential education." The first shipments of the perfume are slated to start this October, and for USD 29 (about EUR 26), you could smell out of this world. And another fragrance, reproducing the “smell of the Moon” would be under development.