Celestis Celebrates launch of “Burial in Space.”
Of course, you don’t remain in space, and the remains do come back down to earth, but it is the fulfilment of many people dreams, and that is what Celestis, Inc., the pioneer and global leader in Memorial Spaceflight, announced back in 2013.
The launch of its mission – the Centennial Flight (named in honour of the 100th anniversary of New Mexico’s statehood). The launch, from Spaceport America, New Mexico on June 21, 2013, carried cremated remains into space and returned them to Earth aboard a SpaceLoft XL launch vehicle developed by UP Aerospace of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Celestis joined with its client families from 20 nations in celebrating the successful launch of more than 1,000 Celestis Flight capsules into space over the course of the company’s history.
Honoured aboard this mission were: greatly admired Hatch, New Mexico Mayor Judd Nordyke, who was an early advocate for Spaceport America; Candy Johnson, an American dancer who appeared in several of the Frankie Avalon ‘Beach Party’ films of the 1960s, thrilling audiences with her highly energetic dance style; Johnson’s sister, Gayle Johns; and Maria Swan who was crowned “Miss World Argentina” in 1967 and became Argentina’s first female airline pilot.
The Centennial Flight launched a symbolic portion of the cremated remains of those honourees and others into space on a trajectory similar to NASA’s early Mercury manned missions in the 1960s. This “Earth Rise Service” mission launches the cremated remains into space which then harmlessly coast back to Earth via parachute. Once recovered, the spaceflight hardware containing the cremated remains will be returned to loved ones, providing them a keepsake which has truly experienced flight into space, a privilege currently reserved for very few.
“The people who participate in our uniquely compelling missions all shared in the dream of exploring the great unknown,” said Charles Chafer, CEO of Celestis. “With Celestis, the dream of spaceflight, and the desire to take part in the opening of the space frontier can be realized – and is available to everyone. With the Centennial Flight, Celestis continues to make history, reaching the 1,000 person in space milestone, symbolically achieving a goal not yet reached by any company – or country.”
Celestis, Inc. is a subsidiary of Space Services Holdings, Inc. (SSHI) headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Space Services made history over 30 years ago with the launch of Conestoga 1, the first private rocket to reach outer space, opening the space arena to private enterprise. The founders of SSI and Celestis also pioneered post cremation memorial spaceflights in 1997 with the launch into space of a symbolic portion of the cremated remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and 60’s pop icon Timothy Leary among others. Working with NASA, they also placed Dr. Eugene Shoemaker’s cremated remains on the lunar surface, making Dr. Shoemaker the first person to be symbolically buried on the Moon. or more information visit celestis.com,
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