My wife told me the other night that she was thinking of sending my ashes into space, I said , "what?", she then proceeded to tell me about "Memorial Space Flights . A company that for a fee, sends your cremains into space. They have 4 basic plans.
- "Earth Rise Service". A service which sends a portion of your remains into space, or as they put it "and after experiencing the zero gravity environment", who's experiencing what now? your dead. The cost ranges from $495.00 for 1 gram, and increases the more of you you send, (fuel costs I guess) up to $1495.00.
- "Earth Orbit Service". A service that sends a portion of your remains into Earth's orbit, or as they say "your loved one will venture into space as part of a real mission". What exactly your part in this mission would be is unknown since you are dead. The cost varies from $1,295 to $7,495, depending on how much of your remains you send and whether or not you go with a loved one.
- "Luna Service". This is where it starts getting pricey. Costs range from $12,500-$67,495 again depending how much of you you send and whether or not your loved one comes as well.( he/she will have to be dead ). When you consider, that NASA'S estimated cost to send 4 people back to the Moon is 104 billion, this is actually a pretty good price, but of course, they will be alive, you will be dead.
- "Voyager Service". This is the ultimate trip, as they put it " Leaving the Earth-Moon system on a permanent celestial journey". Costs range from $12,500-$67,495.
Apparently during one launch in front of the deceased's loved ones, the rocket malfunctioned and turned around and crash landed killing all the dead people aboard, again. (see my post "If You Could, Would You?").
I think this is a great idea and I thank my wife for thinking of this for me. I choose the "Earth Orbit Service". I get to be part of a real mission and ride along with a commercial or scientific satellite, unfortunatlely I will be dead.