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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Now you can memorialize your deceased loved ones on the moon
It is now possible for humans to go straight to the moon, but there are some catches. While it will probably be possible for humans to live on the moon within the next 30-40 years, the first moon inhabitants will be sent there by way of burial services that send people’s ashes into outer space. To get their ashes shot into space all anyone needs is approximately $10,000.
According to ScienceMag, Aug. 27, a San Francisco-based company called Elysium Space has recruited its first customer after making announcements earlier this month that it would begin offering lunar memorial services. Elysiumis the second company to get into the “moon burial business”, Celestis being the first. Normally, the service would cost $12,000, but Elysium has devised a deal of only $9950 for the first 50 reservations.
Techcrunch reports that Steve Jenks, a US Army Infantry Soldier from Seymour, Tennessee is Eysium’s first customer. He has purchased a spot for his mother’s ashes on the moon. To him, it seems more than fitting, since his mother always used to sign her letters to him “No matter how lonely you feel and how far you are, always look at the Moon and know I am with you. I love you to the Moon and back.”
Both Elysium and Celestis offer other services which aim to increase customers’ connection with space including aMilky Way Memorial, where a portion of the deceased ashes are jettisoned out into deep space, and a cheaper option of simply putting a portion of the deceased remains into orbit around the Earth (Elysium’s Shooting Star Memorial or Celestis’ Earth Orbit).
*originally published at the now defunct Examiner.com