The Smell of the Moon

When the astronauts of Apollo 16 re-entered the lunar lander, they reported that the moondust they tracked in with them had an intense smell, like gunpowder.

French perfume designer Barnabé Fillion attempted to recreate and bottle this scent, but not as a perfume. What he created was "a sealed borosilicate glass vial containing scented artificial lunar regolith."

You can buy it for €75 (around $80). But once you buy it, you face a dilemma: "break open the vial and the scent will dissipate over time and just like all the material brought from the moon by NASA it will become devoid of any smell; or leave it sealed and preserved forever, enjoying the precious idea of an out-of-this-world scent."

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 27, 2017
     Category: Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy | Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

Something I'd never thought about through the last 47 years. I wonder what odors await on other planets?
Posted by KDP on 01/27/17 at 04:30 PM
I would have expected it to smell like green cheese.
Posted by Virtual on 01/28/17 at 12:32 AM
@Virtual --
Posted by Phideaux on 01/28/17 at 02:04 PM
For here
Am I, sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And I smell green cheese on my shoe
Posted by Virtual on 01/29/17 at 11:48 AM
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