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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket will Carry Cremated Remains of Beloved Family Members into Space

By KM Diaz, | May 18, 2017

SpaceX new heartwarming mission is to send Falcon 9 rocket into the space carrying the cremated remains of beloved family members. (YouTube)

SpaceX new heartwarming mission is to send Falcon 9 rocket into the space carrying the cremated remains of beloved family members. (YouTube)

SpaceX new heartwarming mission is to send Falcon 9 rocket into the space carrying the cremated remains of beloved family members.

San Francisco-based Elysium Space, a "memorial spaceflight" company made of funeral experts and ex-NASA personnel, will provide the unusual service on its Elysium Star II memorial spacecraft. The startup announced this week that it set to blast off from the launch facility of SpaceX at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The vision of the business is to change the concept of death from the underground to the celestial.

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Every customer who signs up will get a kit with a custom ash capsule to store and collect the cremated remains of the family member. The capsule will be returned to Elysium Space to place it on the spacecraft of the company, and will be launched into orbit on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

For families who want to reserve a spot in a CubeSat that will send 300 boxes of ashes in a sun-synchronous orbit around Earth, the cost will be at $2,490. About 100 families have already signed up for the mission. Most of the customers are ordinary people such as space enthusiasts, and military veterans.

Thomas Civeit, the CEO of Elysium Space, said that the memorial spacecraft will peacefully and respectfully orbit the Earth for 2 years. For the final moment, the spacecraft will re-enter the atmosphere of the Eart just like a shooting star. Family members here on Earth can also follow the journey of the spacecraft through Google Android and Apple iOS app.

Meanwhile, this is not the first concept of space burial. Celestis Memorial Spaceflights, founded in 1994, sends cremated remains into the lunar surface and deep space starting at $12,500. Some celebrities have had their ashes sent in space, just like the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry.

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