Want your or a loved one’s remains to be entombed in space? There’s a way to do that.
Elysium Space will be laying—or rather, launching—to rest the mother of a serviceman in its first ever Lunar Memorial service. Founded in 2013 by former NASA engineer Thomas Civeit, Elysium Space is partnered with payload transporter Astrobotic, which will take the ashes up to the moon in its Griffin Lander spacecraft.
Reservations for Lunar Memorial services are now open and the first 50 people will pay $9,950 (the regular price is $11,950) to memorialize their loved ones on the surface of the moon.
The company also offers a Shooting Star memorial service in which the capsule of ashes is launched into orbit and will return as a ‘shooting star.’ The forthcoming Milky Way memorial service option will take ashes out of our solar system to continue through deep space.
This is the first space burial opportunity available to the public. The ashes of planetary geologist Eugene Shoemaker were aboard the Lunar prospector when it crashed into the moon. Also, the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto, are on the New Horizons spacecraft which is currently still heading deeper into space.
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