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Arthur C Clarke's DNA to venture in to space


Posted on Friday, 28 June, 2013 | Comment icon 3 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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A few hairs from the late science fiction author will be on board a pioneering new solar sail mission.

The spacecraft is to be called Sunjammer after a similar concept in one of Clarke's books. Organized by the company Celestis which deals in memorial spaceflights, the mission will be propelled by a large solar sail and is set to launch in 2014. The aim of the trip is to give families the opportunity to place the remains of their loved ones on board for a trip across the final frontier.

"I was/am a lifelong fan and attribute much of my interest in space to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey," said Charles Chafer, chief executive of Space Services Holdings. "In 2000, when we were first planning a solar sail mission to deep space we approached him about donating a hair sample containing his DNA for launch. A partner at the time journeyed to Sri Lanka to his home where he obtained the sample."

"Clarke's deep space voyage next year follows the last journey of Hunter S Thompson, whose ashes were fired from a rocket across his Colorado farm."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by shrooma on 9 July, 2013, 10:12
i don't understand the comparison between the legendary Mr C's ashes being sent into space, and a journalist's ashes being put into a firework?! (unless it's the HST thing??) ;-) surely a better comparison would've been Gene Shoemaker? or James Doohan?
Comment icon #2 Posted by JesseCuster on 9 July, 2013, 20:35
And as a fellow sci-fi writer and creator, Gene Roddenberry would be an even better comparison. The idea of a space burial or having your DNA sent into deep space is pretty awesome though.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ancient astronaut on 12 July, 2013, 14:51
Fitting end.


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