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Rocket set to launch ‘permanent memorial’ on moon with remains of 330 celebrities

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Celestis project’s historic deep space mission to commemorate icons from US presidents to Star Trek cast

In an unprecedented celestial tribute, a rocket is poised to launch into space, carrying the remains of 330 renowned individuals, aiming to create a ‘permanent memorial’ in the cosmos. The groundbreaking expedition, orchestrated by Texas-based company Celestis, is scheduled for liftoff on January 8 at 2:18 am.

The remains, including DNA samples and cremations, will be housed in titanium capsules measuring 1/4 and 1/2 inch. As the rocket ascends, 62 sets of remains will be ceremoniously dropped on the Moon, descending from the Peregrine Lunar Lander. The remaining 268 capsules will journey into outer space, gracefully orbiting the Sun.

The service, available at prices ranging from a few thousand dollars to a staggering $13,000, offers a unique celestial resting place for individuals of historical significance. Notable figures on board include symbolic remains of US presidents George Washington, JFK, and Dwight D Eisenhower, represented by locks of hair donated by an anonymous benefactor.

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Celestis CEO and Co-founder Charles Chafer expressed his enthusiasm for this groundbreaking venture, stating, “This will be the first commercial deep space mission ever done – and hopefully it will be the first of many, many more over the next few centuries.”

Among the star-studded celestial passengers are members of the Star Trek cast, including Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), James Doohan (Scotty), and DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy). Additionally, the remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife Majel Barrett Roddenberry are part of this historic voyage.

Chafer reminisced about Gene Roddenberry’s earlier journey with Celestis in 1997 and shared Majel’s wish: “When it’s my time, I’d like you to fly Gene and I together on a deep space mission.”

The rocket launch is scheduled for the early hours of January 8, marking the initiation of what promises to be a series of future celestial commemorations. Sculptor and painter Luise Kaish, who expressed the desire to have her ashes sent into space, will also join this interstellar journey.

As the rocket prepares for liftoff, the historic voyage signifies a monumental step in combining science and homage, ensuring that these celestial pioneers will forever be part of the cosmic landscape.

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