Do you want to know what space smells like? You can find out soon enough.
Eau de Space is a fragrance that smells like outer space. It may soon be made available to buy and try!
The fragrance was developed by a chemist named Steve Pearce. He had originally helped develop it for NASA in 2008.
NASA wanted Pearce to recreate the smell of space for its astronauts. That way, new astronauts would be prepared for it when they went to space.
Pearce has not been to space. So, he asked astronauts to describe what space smelled like. Then, Pearce used his knowledge of chemistry as well as flavour and scents. He went about combining various ingredients to match what the astronauts described. It took him four years to develop the scent.
Now, the team wants to make the perfume for public use. They are planning to call the new product Smell of the Moon, (which will be based on Eau de Space).
Astronauts have described the scent as a mix of gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries and rum.
The team hopes that the perfume will increase interest in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning.