Now There’s Perfume That Smells Like A Comet

Posted: Jun 28 2016, 2:49am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 29 2016, 9:54am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Now There’s Perfume That Smells Like Comet
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Rosetta mission scientists team up with British company to create a perfume mimicking the smell of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenk.

Fragrance companies always strive hard to bottle up unique scents while some of these scents can actually be called out of this world. Now, a new perfume which smells like the surface of a comet has been created by scientists in collaboration with a British company.

When Rosetta spacecraft along with Philae lander arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenk two years ago and sampled the chemicals there, it revealed that the comet smelled pretty nasty. The combination of natural gases such as ammonia, hydrogen sulphide, hydrogen and cyanide has made the atmosphere of the comet reminiscent of rotten eggs, cat urine and bitter almonds.

But the putrid smell of the comet is not at all disliked by Rosetta mission team. They teamed up with The Aroma Company to create a perfume based on the smell of Rosetta’s comet. 

Currently, the perfume is not available to the public but few people including a New Scientist reporter had the opportunity to smell it and he described it as a “sharp” and “unpleasant smell” invading the nostrils. But he had to change his opinion as he smelled again and again.

“Surprisingly, it’s not actually as foul as my first impression led me to believe – somehow a few floral notes are coming through.” Jacob Aaron, New Scientist reporter said.

If anyone wants to know what space smells like, they may get a chance. Rosetta mission team is planning to hand out postcards with a scent at Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in July.


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