Ashes to ashes and dust to space!

What do you get if you combine ex-NASA space experts and those who are experts at mortal remains? Well that is apparently what Elysium Space has done to offer a unique package.

For the nominal fee of $2 500 you can send your or your loved ones’ mortal remains into outer space.

The company uses nano-satellites to transport your remains to space. Although there are also other more premium packages if you prefer something more dignified and spectacular.

How It Works diagram from the Elysium Space website

My favourite is the Shooting Star Memorial. A SpaceX Falcon 9 will take off with the precious cargo and The Elysium Memorial spacecraft will be deployed into earth orbit. This will orbit the earth for the next 2 years and you can track the orbit using the Elysium app.

The grand finale will be when the spacecraft reenters earth’s atmosphere: “Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly reenter the Earth’s atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star.”

Pretty cool 21st century burial ritual if you ask me.

I am in no way paid by or endorsing the Elysium Space service

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