SpaceX prepares for the third launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket. The mission is called Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) and is to transport the ashes of 152 dead in the orbit.
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights
The cremated remains are from a company called Celestis Memorial Spaceflights. The company buys available space on spacecraft and packs it with capsules of the deceased's remains, which they call "subscribers."
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Founded in 1994, the company has flown cremated remains on 15 different rockets. Celestis flew the ashes of the geologist and planetary explorer Eugene Shoemaker in 1
The remains of the "Star Trek" actor flew out James "Scotty" Doohan was in orbit in 2008.
For this SpaceX mission with STP-2, Celestis acquired space aboard the Orbital Test Bed satellite. The scorched remains are shipped in a flat metal shell, into which the 152 capsules were glued.
Between 1 gram and 7 grams of ash
The capsules weigh between 1 gram and 7 grams and are available in various sizes. They have often engraved sayings.
Some of the inscriptions on the capsules aboard the STP-2 mission flight read, "Reach for the Stars!" and "Space Truckin 'Forever."
It costs less than $ 5,000 to move orb ashes and $ 12,500 for space and moon flights.
The STP-2 mission will also propel 24 satellites into orbit. It is set to take off between 11:30 pm. ET on June 24th and 02:30 ET on June 25th.