Sky Burials

Atlas launch Space Cremation Burial

One of the newest forms of remembrance of a loved one after death is space burial. With more private companies entering into the space race, launching a loved one's 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 at

Space Burial

List of space burials

  • April 21, 1997: 24 remains samples were launched into Earth orbit on a modified Pegasus rocket          
  • January 7, 1998: Sample of the remains of Eugene Shoemaker as a 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 an 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 were successfully launched as a secondary payload along with SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket.









outdoor funeralThe Outdoor Funeral Pyre or Open Air Cremation.

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 cremation.

A Celestial Burial or Sky Burial is the Tibetan practice of or giving the deceased body to birds. The body is dismantled for faster and more thorough consumption by vultures.