想知道太空的味道? 美國推「太空香水」引轟動|Smell of space sparks curiosity worldwide

【看CP學英文】你想知道外太空聞起來是什麼味道嗎?如果你想知道,那麼這瓶香水可以為你解惑。

If you’ve ever wondered what space smells like, a new perfume may answer that for you.

近日,有新創公司在Kickstarter群眾募資平台上推出「太空香水」,以期將外太空的味道帶到地球。

A kickstarter was recently launched for a new fragrance called “Eau de Space” to bring the smell of outer space back to Earth.

根據太空香水產品經理麥特・雷奇蒙表示,這瓶「太空香水」是由化學家史提夫・皮爾斯研發。

The fragrance was developed by Steve Pearce, according to “Eau de Space” product manager Matt Richmond.

皮爾斯身兼生化公司Omega Ingredients的創辦人,公司主打利用天然原料製作食物以及飲品的口味。

Pearce is a chemist and the founder of Omega Ingredients, a company focused on the “creation of the highest quality, provenance driven, natural flavors and ingredients for the food and beverage industry,” its website says.

產品經理補充道,NASA早在2008年即委託皮爾斯重現太空味道的任務,皮爾斯花了將近4年的時間研發。

Pearce was originally contracted by NASA to recreate the smell in 2008, and it took him approximately four years to develop it, Richmond said.

許多人對於外太空的味道感到好奇。|Many are curious about the smell of space. (Shutterstock)

據Kickstarter網站說明,重現太空味道是為了幫助太空人升空前訓練,因為NASA希望讓太空人在出發前先了解在外太空可能會遇到的狀況。

It was created to help astronauts train before launching in orbit, and it was part of NASA’s goal of eliminating any potential surprises astronauts might encounter or experience in space, according to the Kickstarter.

太空人兼前國際太空站員佩奇・懷森在與CNN於2002年的訪問中形容道,「外太空聞起來像是一把槍開火後的煙硝味。」

「我覺得聞起來除了煙硝味,還多了些許苦味。」

“It’s kind of like a smell from a gun, right after you fire the shot,” Peggy Whitson, an astronaut and former resident of the International Space Station, told CNN in a 2002 interview about the smell of space. “I think it kind of has almost a bitter kind of smell in addition to being smoky and burned.”

雷奇蒙則表示,他也不知道該如何形容太空香水的味道,「太空人形容味道就像火藥、燒焦牛排、覆盆子和蘭姆酒混在一起。」

Richmond said that he has struggled to describe how the fragrance smells, adding, “Astronauts describe the smell as a mix of gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries and rum.”

此外,雷奇蒙透露,隨著太空香水引起廣大迴響,他們目前計劃近一步推出「月亮香水」。

Richmond revealed that they are looking into releasing a fragrance called “Smell of the Moon” too, based on the excitement around “Eau de Space.”

 

 

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