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    I've been seeing this in the news for the last couple of days, but don't think it was posted here:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...gned-fragrance



    Decades ago, NASA contracted specialists to developed the "smell of space" to help train astronauts before launch into orbit. NASA's goal of simulating Space during training is to eliminate any surprises Astronauts might experience in Outer Space. Practice makes perfect, and it is Rocket Science. 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. We've all had Space Ice Cream...this takes it a step further.

    Now we need your help to mass manufacturer it so that everyone can experience the Smell of Space for themselves.

    We've partnered with award winning perfumers, some of the best in the world, and secured the rights to launch this product exclusively. Our team consists of top Fashion, Tech, Design, and Logistics experience--all with a desire to increase STEM through experiential education. "Eau de Space" is our first product launch under this important initiative, and we hope there will be many more.
    CNN has a few more details: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/28/us/ea...rnd/index.html

    The fragrance was developed by Steve Pearce, according to Eau de Space product manager Matt Richmond. Pearce is a chemist and the founder of Omega Ingredients, a company focused on the "creation of the highest quality, provenance driven, natural flavours and ingredients for the food and beverage industry," its website says. Pearce was originally contracted by NASA to recreate the smell in 2008 after he worked on a scent exhibition for which he recreated the smell of the inside of the Mir Space Station, Pearce told CNN. Using notes from astronauts who described space smelling like ozone, hot metal and fried steak, Pearce used his knowledge of flavor and fragrance chemistry to produce combinations matching those descriptions, he said.

    "It's kind of like a smell from a gun, right after you fire the shot," Peggy Whitson, an astronaut and former resident of the International Space Station, told CNN in a 2002 interview about the smell of space. "I think it kind of has almost a bitter kind of smell in addition to being smoky and burned."
    Richmond said that he has struggled to describe how the fragrance smells, adding, "Astronauts describe the smell as a mix of gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries and rum."

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    I backed this project...out of curiosity. Worst case, I’ll have a bottle with an awesome theme and an astronaut on it. Definitely interesting idea.

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    Smoke, gunpowder and rum sound good (space pirates!). Not sure about raspberry, hot metal, ozone and meat. I'm very curious how this will turn out. Personally I would've assumed outer space smells like nothing and wonder how astronauts were able smell it and live to tell since I believe they only ever came into first hand contact during severe accidents and otherwise breathe canned air from mother earth. Sounds a bit like a prank, tbh.
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    Interesting concept.
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    Yeah, count me as skeptical on this one. Thanks for posting though - it was an interesting read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasenmann View Post
    Smoke, gunpowder and rum sound good (space pirates!). Not sure about raspberry, hot metal, ozone and meat. I'm very curious how this will turn out. Personally I would've assumed outer space smells like nothing and wonder how astronauts were able smell it and live to tell since I believe they only ever came into first hand contact during severe accidents and otherwise breathe canned air from mother earth. Sounds a bit like a prank, tbh.
    It’s the smell that follows them back into the space station after a spacewalk. I’ve heard astronauts describe it in the past. Here is a short answer to some of what is happening..

    “the aroma astronauts inhale as they move their mass from space to station is the result of "high-energy vibrations in particles brought back inside which mix with the air."

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    Thank you for posting.
    Sounds truly fascinating, even if not among the easiest concepts to fulfill (and maybe even more fascinating if this one does succeed).

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    I just hope they make it as accurate as possible, with feedback from Astronauts throughout the developement of the composition and don’t attempt to make it a “wearable” fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dothraki View Post
    It’s the smell that follows them back into the space station after a spacewalk. I’ve heard astronauts describe it in the past. Here is a short answer to some of what is happening..

    “the aroma astronauts inhale as they move their mass from space to station is the result of "high-energy vibrations in particles brought back inside which mix with the air."
    Thanks for that! I googled it and there are actually quite many articles on that subject. Apparently scientists take it quite seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dothraki View Post
    I just hope they make it as accurate as possible, with feedback from Astronauts throughout the developement of the composition and don’t attempt to make it a “wearable” fragrance.
    Ha, probably not really wearable! Here's how Steve Pearce described the scent he recreated based on Soviet/Russian Mir space station:
    Pearce came to NASA's attention after he recreated, for an art installation on "Impossible Smells," the scents of the Mir space station. (This was, he noted, a feat made more complicated by the fact that cosmonauts tend to bring vodka with them into space -- which affects not only the scent of their breath, but also that of their perspiration.) The result of Pearce's efforts? "Just imagine sweaty feet and stale body odor, mix that odor with nail polish remover and gasoline ... then you get close!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by maksidrom View Post
    Ha, probably not really wearable! Here's how Steve Pearce described the scent he recreated based on Soviet/Russian Mir space station:
    So maybe some Hindi Oud, Musk, Ambergris, Mandarin Petitgrain. Lol

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    Hello oudaddict, someone was faster:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/478597-Eau-De-Space
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasenmann View Post
    Hello oudaddict, someone was faster:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/478597-Eau-De-Space
    LOL. Maybe admin can merge the threads.

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    Looks interesting. What is the bottle capacity?

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    The name is so bad and dumb it's funny.

    Eau de Space: "space water". Sounds disgusting. Notice how they mix two different languages in one sentence.

    Despite what the press release says, I have a strange gut feeling that somehow it's going to smell just like Aventus.....
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    Actually no point in buying it, as making perfumes isn't the strong point of NASA, and moreover the perfume that smells like the best parts of outer space has already been conceived of and bottled in the form of "Himalaya" by CREED. Actually it's more nuanced, there's one with the space accord and another with more of the mountain accord, so one has to make sure one is getting the right batch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    Who's buying?
    Not me. I can't get past the terrible name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Actually no point in buying it, as making perfumes isn't the strong point of NASA, and moreover the perfume that smells like the best parts of outer space has already been conceived of and bottled in the form of "Himalaya" by CREED. Actually it's more nuanced, there's one with the space accord and another with more of the mountain accord, so one has to make sure one is getting the right batch.
    I heard the 2001 batches are a real odyssey.
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    The scent of unwashed astronauts in spacesuits might be more... ‘interesting’.

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    Pass.
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    Didn't Buzz Aldrin rather famously say that the moon smelled like wet fireplace ashes?

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    I don't know the Aldrin quote but was reading an article recently in which astronauts describe space as metallic, gunpowder, soldering metal, and seared steak.
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    Pass for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Didn't Buzz Aldrin rather famously say that the moon smelled like wet fireplace ashes?
    The moon has it's own atmopsphere and is therefore not space. I think I have read somewhere that each planet / satellite (of a planet) with its own atmosphere has a unique smell. Personally, I suspect the moon to smell like cheese though.
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    I look forward to checking this out. I backed the project as I have always been intrigued by nature and this is meant to simulate a smell that nature produces against synthetic and organic materials. but if you are looking for the next Acqua Di Gio you won’t find it here. Don’t plan on wearing this like a cologne. I imagine this will be interesting, unique and hopefully in the ballpark of what astronauts have experienced but not something you want to wear on a date unless it’s with an astronaut.

    As for the name...
    I think it’s funny and quirky and I think that’s what they were going for. I’ll be sure to post my thoughts when the vessel arrives.

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    Heard you get a complimentary bottle of Elon Musk when you join SpaceX
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