New program for spreading your ashes on the moon

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At the risk of sounding morbid, lets assume you or one of your loved ones has died and you decide to be cremated.  According to the OCRegister, for a whopping $12,500, you or your loved ones can send a gram of your ashes to the moon or have them shot out into deep space.

The report states: “If that’s too expensive, it will cost you around $5,000 for a “burial” in low-Earth orbit, where a tiny urn of your cremated remains can spin for years at 17,000 m.p.h. as it gradually descends into the white-hot re-entry atmosphere.

A small container of ashes or DNA can also be shot to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere for around $1,000. The idea has hundreds of Americans intrigued, apparently, as there have already been a handful of orders placed for space burials this year.

The first privately-funded payload to the moon is set to launch by early next year, carrying ashes among its many other packages.

Houston-based Celestis launched the remains of dozens of people into Earth orbits in 2015 and 2016. CEO and founder Charles Chafer said it will deliver many more times that amount this year to orbital and deep-space destinations, easily up to 500 urns.

Celestis, the U.S. market leader for space burials, can satisfy more customers because of its revolutionary technologies and affordable commercial rocket ships.

The company just partnered with Torrance-based Argos Funeral Services to provide more personalized space burials across Southern California.”

Last year, Argos became the first funeral provider to get permission from the California Department of Public Health to send cremated remains into space on the first privately-funded lunar mission, led by Moon Express.

A portion of those customers’ ashes will join dozens of others on a rocket ship that takes off from New Zealand late this year or early next year, destined for the moon.

A robotic lunar lander, built by Moon Express, will carry the ashes and DNA to the surface, along with science projects designed to test Albert Einstein’s general relativity theory and create a better map of the moon.

Together, Argos and Celestis are selling space burials to anyone who “ever longed to travel in space or stepped outside on a starry night and felt at home.”

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