The remains of 152 people will be blasted into orbit next week on board
The launch is scheduled to take place late Monday night in
The families of the 152 deceased have organized the unique send-off through
Back in 2018, each of the families paid upwards of $5000 to have up to seven grams of ashes put onto the spacecraft.
The ashes of the deceased will be packed into metal storage capsules and placed on one of Falcon Heavy’s satellites ahead of the blast on Monday night.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy is set to launch next Monday night with the remains of 152 people on board. The reusable spacecraft has been launched on two previous occasions, and is pictured during a previous blast-off
The ashes of the deceased will be packed into metal storage capsules and placed on one of Falcon Heavy’s satellites
Each of the metal capsules has a sentimental message etched into its side in much the same way as a tombstone.
Celestis DNA has been operating since 1994, and has helped put human remains on 15 different spacecrafts.
Star Trek actor James Doohan, who died on 2005, had some of his remains sent into space with help of Celestis DNA in 2008.
Several famous astronauts and scientists have also had their ashes blasted into orbit.
But while the unique farewell was once reserved for the wealthy and famous, in recent years affordable pricing has meant that space lovers from all walks of life can now have their ashes sent into orbit.
Meanwhile, Monday night’s launch will mark the third time Falcon Heavy has been blasted into orbit.
The reusable spacecraft has had two prior missions. The first, in February 2018, saw a Tesla Roadster sent into orbit around the sun. The second mission, which occurred in April 2019, was also a success, with the communications satellite Arabsat 6A launched into orbit
SpaceX is owned by Elon Musk, who sent a Tesla Roadster into orbit on the Falcon Heavy back in 2018
Monday’s launch will take place at Kennedy Space Center in Florida (pictured)