One Fragrant Thing: Eau De Space

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Have you ever wondered what space smells like?  Now we know.  According to astronauts, it is “a mix of gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries and rum.”  Hmmm.  CNN reports that the fragrance was invented to help astronauts train for space — so that nothing about it would be surprising to them (seems like that would take some of the fun out of it).  The company that made it is now is raising money through Kickstarter in the hope that selling it will increase interest in STEM learning for K-12 students through experiential learning. What’s next?  Smell of the Moon.  Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up!

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