Atlas launch Space Cremation Burial
One of the newest forms of remembrance of a loved one after death, is
space burials. With more private companies entering into the space race,
launching a loved ones cremated remains into space is becoming more
affordable. Some states, like Virginia, have even given tax incentives,
for anyone who chooses this type of burial.
One of the leading companies in this field is, Celestis. You can find more information about them http://www.celestis.com
List of space burials
The Outdoor Funeral Pyre or Open Air Cremation.
- April 21, 1997: 24 remains samples launched into Earth orbit on a modified Pegasus rocket
- January 7, 1998: Sample of the remains of Eugene Shoemaker as secondary payload on a three-stage Athena rocket to the Moon.
- February 10, 1998: 30 remains samples as a secondary payload launched into Earth orbit on a Taurus rocket.
- December 20, 1999: 36 remains samples as a secondary payload launched into Earth orbit on a Taurus rocket.
- September 21, 2001: 43 remains samples as a secondary payload failed to be launched into Earth orbit on a Taurus rocket.
- January 19, 2006: Sample of the remains of Clyde Tombaugh on the New Horizons spacecraft launched by a Atlas V rocket to Pluto.
- August 3, 2008: 208 remains samples flown as a secondary payload, lost in the failure of a Falcon 1 rocket.
- May 22, 2012: 308 remains samples successfully launched as a
secondary payload along with SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon
The outdoor funeral pyre is a very rare and unique way to say goodbye to
a loved one in the United States. Although it is an accepted practice
among Hindus and Buddhists. The use of ceremonial cremation has been
around for thousands of years dating back to the Vikings, the Romans and
even the Greeks Funeral pyres are usually constructed out of block,
concrete, steel, stucco or wood. The pyre is then laid out with
firewood, and the body is laid on top in preparation for ceremonial
A Celestial Burial or Sky Burial
, is the Tibetan
practice of or the giving of the deceased body to birds. The body is
dismantled for a faster and more thorough consumption by vultures.