Final Flights For Those Aboard SpaceX
The remains of 152 people are on board the upcoming Falcon Heavy launch.
If all systems are go in Florida on June 24, SpaceX plans to launch it’s third Falcon Heavy rocket into space and release 24 different satellites into orbit, one of which carries 152 metal capsules stuffed with human ashes.
A company called Celestis arranged the memorial space flight and it charges upwards of $US 2,495 to fly 1 gram of cremated remains into orbit aboard Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy – the world’s most powerful rocket.
Here are the levels of service you can expect from Celestis:
Earth Rise Service
The Earth Rise service affordably launches a symbolic portion of cremated remains or DNA to space. After experiencing the zero gravity environment the individual flight capsules and modules are returned to Earth.
Earth Orbit Service
The uniquely compelling Earth Orbit service places the Celestis spacecraft carrying cremated remains or DNA into orbit where it remains until it re-enters the atmosphere, harmlessly vaporizing like a shooting star in final tribute.
The Luna service places the Celestis spacecraft carrying cremated remains or DNA on the surface of our nearest neighbor — the Moon — creating a permanent memorial on a distant, but constantly viewable world.
The Voyager service is a true mission of exploration, sending the Celestis spacecraft carrying cremated remains or DNA on a permanent celestial journey, well beyond the Moon.
The cost of sending your remains skyward may go into the thousands, but it’s surprisingly significantly cheaper than what Johnny Depp paid to fire Hunter S. Thompson’s remains out of a cannon on earth ($3 million).
Lift-off begins from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida during a launch window that opens at 11:30pm EDT Monday (that’s Tuesday 25 June 1:30pm AEST for those playing on the Australian East Coast).