Space Really Can Be the Final Frontier

by MSO

Ballpark estimates say it would cost about $1,000 to $5,300 for sub-orbital space and $10,000 to $45,000 to launch to the moon.

Space, it’s the final frontier, a place where few have ventured forth and where it’s infinite and continuous expansion exceeds even the wildest imaginations. And like the ad infinitum of space, death shares a similar characteristic of the unknown the greatest mystery to ever overcome the human existence.

So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise for the people of earth in search of mystery and adventure to opt for something a little more unconventional then being buried on the third rock from the sun. For some people for the ones with a keen eye for the stars, there is an alternative to being buried on the planet they were born on, it’s the option for space burial.

While still a rather new practice, space burial has seen many take tremendous interest in the infinite possibilities of being propelled beyond the atmosphere to circle the Earth for years to come.

In fact, as few as 250 people are taking part in having their cremains shot into orbit by a fiery rocket spearheaded for the black cloaking surrounding the Earth. How this works is simply by filling a lipstick tube-sized capsule with a portion of human cremains, which are then loaded into a rocket destined for the stars.

While some people may not find the trip appealing, for others, such as the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, having their cremains sent outside of the Earth’s atmosphere to touch the cosmos has become an experience of a lifetime which few we ever know.

Seven grams of Timothy Leary’s ashes were arranged by his friend at Celestis (a company which specializes in launching cremated remains into space for a procedure known as a space burial). It was during this flight that Leary’s ashes along with 24 other people, including those of Roddenberry were sent into space on the Pegasus rocket, where they orbited for six years until being burnt up in the atmosphere.

Actor of Montgomery “Scotty” Scott from the Star Trek Franchise, James Doohan also had his cremains shot into space briefly in 2007. Approximately 7 grams of his ashes were launched on the SpaceLoft XL rocket and subsequently launched on a Falcon 1 rocket in 2008.

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