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New company offering burials in space


Posted on Tuesday, 24 December, 2013 | Comment icon 14 comments

The final frontier. Image Credit: NASA
Elysium Space is taking orders to have the remains of the deceased sent up in to Earth's orbit.
A new start-up company called Elysium Space is offering 'space burial' services for as little as $2000 with reservations currently booking for the first flight next year. Due to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the "memorial spaceflight" will carry the ashes of the deceased and give mourners the chance to track its progress with a mobile phone app.

"These are the kind of people who think space is a unique and beautiful place," said founder Thomas Civeit.

Several high profile individuals have had their remains carried in to space over the years including astronaut Gordon Cooper and Star Trek actor James Doohan.

Whether such send-offs will become more commonplace in the future however remains to be seen.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (14)

Tags: Elysium, Orbit

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Lava_Lady on 24 December, 2013, 22:19
I want all of my ashes sent beyond orbit in a capsule that explodes to release every particle into the vast emptiness that is space. No body to bury, no ashes to scatter on earth.
Comment icon #6 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 25 December, 2013, 11:18
Hmm... wonder if our bodies could be preserved in space like cryonics..
Comment icon #7 Posted by Rhinopolis on 25 December, 2013, 13:49
I would like for my space urn to read, "Eat My Dust".....
Comment icon #8 Posted by highdesert50 on 25 December, 2013, 13:50
The dying want simple dignity, the living want complex ritual. To whom do owe allegiance?
Comment icon #9 Posted by coolguy on 26 December, 2013, 5:51
Count me in but I wanna go where no man has gone before deep space not orbit
Comment icon #10 Posted by qxcontinuum on 26 December, 2013, 8:04
Why so much hate against mother earth? Mad people!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 26 December, 2013, 10:20
$.$
Comment icon #12 Posted by Stegosaurus on 27 December, 2013, 22:50
My dream.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Jacques Terreur on 28 December, 2013, 6:53
i like the idea....maybe i can get a free shot when i create them an advertising slogan: "she was never that much fun - fire granny t'wards the sun!"
Comment icon #14 Posted by Peter B on 28 December, 2013, 8:15
Why only launch the capsule to Earth orbit? Why not launch it into outer space and hope that one day it will drift and land on the Moon or Mars or some celestial body? Maybe it might even drift out of the solar system! Energy. However much energy you need to get into Earth orbit, you need about 40% more to reach Earth escape velocity. The amount to leave the Solar System altogether is much much more. And as for landing on the Moon or Mars - well on the Moon you'll make a nice little crater, while at Mars you'll burn up in its atmosphere.


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