After rainfall, an earthy smell known as petrichor permeates the air. The smell comes from a yellowish oil trapped in the rocks and soil. As rain soaks the dry earth, botanical molecules are freed, volatile essential oils rise to the surface and are carried by the wind across the ground.

This earth perfume is created by a symphony of bacteria, chemical compounds and natural phenomena. These elements, responsible for the odor, exist on every continent and our human noses have evolved to be extremely sensitive to this particular smell.

The perfume, locked in a gold coloured ampoule, will serve as a memory of life on our planet. A reminder of home. It can be snapped open once, to transport you back to earth in a second.

PETRICHOR is part of Moon Gallery. A pilot platform within the framework of the Moon Village, EuroMoonMars & ILEWG. The Moon Gallery aims to serve as a focal point for inspirational ideas and visions for the Moon Village community. Art scene will play a humanistic and cultural role for the Moon Village instigating intrigue, imagination and inspiration for the global space explora- tion.

Concept: – An international collaborative art work and Moon village promotion structure – A crowd sourced online gallery of art- works & artifacts created by an international group of participants – A 10 by 10 cm patch of Lunar Lander exterior paneling is one intended venue for this Gallery (There are 100 cells available of 1cm x 1cm x 1cm for art submissions)

Moon Gallery outreach campaigns & think tank sessions have been conducted in ESA – ESTEC, Pulchri The Hague, Royal Academy of Art the Hague, ISU International Space University Delft.