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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-09-2010 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From artists Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser:

This image is imprinted with the smell of the moon as described by Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke and designed as a scent by flavorist Steven Pearce at Omega Ingredients, UK.
It is really a strong smell. It has that taste -- to me, gunpowder -- and the smell of gunpowder, too.
Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 astronaut, 1972

Moon, Scratch and Sniff is a commission for the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and was launched there as part of an event on olfactory art in September 2010.

The print is a forerunner for a new installation planned for 2011. Further details to be announced.

Prints available now from Edinburgh Printmakers, and the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh from December 2010.

On Thursday, NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator for Communication Bob Jacobs tweeted:
The makers of "Moon, Scratch and Sniff" sent a couple to our office. Mine now smells like it has a fireplace.

Apollo Redux
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posted 10-09-2010 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This... is a weird one.

canyon42
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posted 10-09-2010 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for canyon42   Click Here to Email canyon42     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, words fail me.

Fezman92
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posted 10-09-2010 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So it smells like gun powder? Weird.

Jeff
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posted 10-09-2010 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Right... But what's even more intriguing to me, is that somebody would buy a print to see what "spent gunpowder" or what "wet ashes" smell like. Believe it or not, I know a more economical way to experience the same phenomenon.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 10-10-2010 03:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hate to think what "Earth-Scratch and Sniff" would smell like. Bizarre.

Guillaume
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posted 10-10-2010 04:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Guillaume   Click Here to Email Guillaume     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably like geosmin and petrichor. The loveliest of the lovely scents.

paulushumungus
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posted 10-12-2010 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulushumungus   Click Here to Email paulushumungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gliderpilotuk:
I hate to think what "Earth-Scratch and Sniff" would smell like. Bizarre.
...especially after a Vindaloo the night before.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-13-2010 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Daily Mail: One small sniff for man: Artists create posters 'that smell like the Moon'
'Flavourist' Steven Pearce took Duke's description as well as scientific reports of the make-up of the moon's surface, to come up with the scent, which was then converted in a laboratory to an ink for the £35 prints.

They are now being sold as 27 x 17cm artworks through Edinburgh Printmakers - as the creation of printers Sue Corke and Hagen Betzwieser and their partnership called 'We Colonised the Moon'.

The pair have made 300 limited edition Moon prints, while seven larger prints are available for £270 a piece.

Makers of the scented prints promise buyers will have the authentic smell of the Moon in their home for a whole year.

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posted 10-13-2010 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...how do you know how the moon smells when you've hot a helmet on your head? Especially when you wear a EVA suit which is completely closed?!!?! Too much gunpowder, I guess.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-13-2010 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The moonwalkers' suits, especially on the later missions, became covered in moondust. When they reentered the lunar module, they tracked the dust back into the cabin. Inside, they removed their helmets... (read more here)

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