Some people dream of going to space but are never able to do it in their lifetime so in a way, having a space memorial for them and blasting their remains to space might be the best way to have their wish come true, if only in their after life.
For as long as humans have dreamed of space travel, we’ve been forced to reckon with what it would be like to die on that final frontier. Eighteen astronauts and cosmonauts have died midair in the history of spaceflight.
Those aren't bad odds, at just three percent of the 536 total humans sent to space. But most of these astronauts either perished during launch or landing, in accidents that rendered their bodies unretrievable, vaporized by explosive heat or scattered back to earth amongst shuttle parts.
But it such a surreal feeling of wonder at what it must be like to die in space. It's pretty far off after all and it's an unfamiliar place where all that surrounds you are stardust and space objects. Who knows, someday all our remains would one day find their place in space as well.
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