New Delhi | Jagran Science Desk: You may soon know how does the outer space smell like. Yes, a special NASA-designed perfume that smells like outer space will soon be made available for the public. The American space agency had developed the perfume - Eau de Space - for astronauts to help them get used to the smell of space.

Eau de Space perfume was originally developed by Steve Pearce, a chemist contracted by NASA to recreate the smell of space in 2008. The development of outer space perfume was part of NASA's mission to prepare astronauts for their space journey. It was aimed at making the astronauts familiar with the smell of the space.

The fragrance of outer space was developed after four years of continuous efforts. Speaking to CNN in 2002, Peggy Whitson, an astronaut and former resident of the International Space Station had revealed that the smell of outer space is similar to that of a gun after firing a shot.

"It's kind of like a smell from a gun, right after you fire the shot... I think it kind of has almost a bitter kind of smell in addition to being smoky and burned," Whitson had said in the interview.

Now the team behind Eau de Space perfume has sought community support with the help of Kickstarter to bring to the public the whiff of space.

"The Smell of Space has been locked behind 'Need to Know', Astronaut only field training, and Red Tape for years," Eau de Space team's Kickstarter campaign read. "Now we need your help to mass manufacturer it so that everyone can experience the Smell of Space for themselves."

Last month, the team said that 391 people from across the world have backed their campaign along with "$20,000+ backer pledge dollars".

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma