Ashes of Gene Roddenberry to be Sent into Space, Never to Return

A company called Celestis, Inc. offers 'memorial space flights' where you can have your remains shot via rocket into the depths of space, never to return.  That's exactly what Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, and his wife have decided to do with their ashes.  Roddenberry died in 1991, and his wife in December of last year.

They will blast off sometime next year.

The couple's cremated remains will be sealed into specially made capsules designed to withstand the rigors of space travel. A rocket-launched spacecraft will carry the capsules, along with digitized tributes from fans. The Roddenberrys' remains — and the spacecraft — will travel ever deeper into space and will not return to earth, company spokeswoman Susan Schonfeld said.


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@ cuimhne
i was under the assumption they had done this at least ten years ago . it was in a book or magazine i read a long time ago

either way its deja vu , and i like it
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The question is, can they really do it? No private company has ever sent a probe out of Earth orbit before; any other "ashes into space" things you've read about have been suborbital flights; the ashes have gone up, and come back down....

Sometimes a lot sooner than intended (several attempts with James Doohan's ashes).
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