What does space smell like? Now you can find out for yourself

Ars Technica » Scientific Method 2019-04-01

  • Here's the sample packet we received from Lockheed Martin. [credit: Eric Berger ]

Who says traditional aerospace contractors can't have some fun, too?

On Monday, April 1—yes, April Fools' Day—Lockheed Martin announced the release of a new fragrance that smells like space. The company describes the scent as featuring "a deep metallic base," with a "clean, sterile feel that is balanced by a subtle yet seductive fiery undertone that burns off like vapor in the atmosphere, helping men, women and children everywhere smell like they’re floating through the cosmos."

The company also produced a slick "origin" video for the scent, dubbed Vector, featuring in-house astronaut Tony Antonelli. Antonelli has twice piloted a space shuttle into orbit, in 2009 and 2010.

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