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Hair clippings from four US presidents are to be sent into space
By T.K. Randall
February 21, 2023 · 6 comments
Regan's hair will be among the clippings heading up into space. Image Credit: Pete Souza
An upcoming space mission will be carrying some rather unusual cargo when it launches in the near future.
The 'Enterprise Flight' is the latest in a series of memorial missions by US-based company Celestis which enables the cremated remains of deceased individuals to be launched into the final frontier.
The firm's latest mission will be carrying the remains of quite a few famous people including Gene and Majel Barrett Roddenberry of Star Trek
fame after whom the flight itself has been named.
The rocket will also be carrying hair clippings from four US presidents - George Washington, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
"The Celestis Enterprise Flight will launch from planet Earth and travel beyond the Earth-Moon system, beyond the James Webb telescope, and into interplanetary deep space - where it will join the other planets, moons, comets, and asteroids in our solar system on a never-ending journey through the cosmos," the firm's website states.
"Upon completion of its powered burn and coast phase, the Enterprise Flight will become Enterprise Station - the most distant permanent human repository outpost and a pathfinder for the continuing human exploration of space."
Celestis has previously launched the remains of several well known individuals into space including astronaut Gordon Cooper, Star Trek
icon James Doohan and astronomer Eugene Merle Shoemaker.
If all goes to plan, its latest flight should be launching within the next two months.
Source: Universe Today
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