Celestis offers you a chance to send your deceased loved ones to outer space. If you have the budget, you'll be happy to hear that there are still grave plots available.
According to The Sun, Celestis Moon Burial program will start sending cremated human bodies to the Moon in 2021. Space.com also reported that the DNA of Arthur C. Clarke, the legendary sci-fi writer, will be included among other dead people that will fly to outer space next year.
This would be great since Clarke's fictional alien monolith in his "Space Odyssey" series also lives on the Moon. In July 2021, Pittsburgh-based company Astrobotic's Peregrine Mission One for NASA atop a United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The spacecraft will land in an area on the northeastern part of the Moon Lacus Mortis.
Cremated remains and DNA samples in capsules
The robotic Peregrine lander will carry many payloads, including capsules that contain symbolic portions of cremated remains and DNA samples. This service is offered by Houston-based Celestis, Inc.
The space company calls the unique service "Luna 02" or "Tranquility Flight." The two names both honors the Apollo missions. Charles Chafer, the CEO and co-founder of Celestis, said that they also describe the peace of mind of the families and the final resting place of the deceased individuals.
Other things Celestis offers
Aside from the Moon burials, Celestis also offers different mission options.
"Our Luna Service is among the most popular, as it affords families and friends the permanence of an off-planet service and provides a constant reminder in the night sky of a loved one's final resting place," said Chafer via Space.com.
The program is Celestis' 18th memorial spaceflight mission. The space company already launched cremated remains' symbolic portions into the lunar surface, Earth orbit, and suborbital space.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.