An American space burial company
Yongjia Internet Technique Co Ltd is currently exploring the possibility of offering ‘space burial’ services from China, whereby they cram your remains into a lipstick-sized tube, attach you to a rocket, and blast you into space. You then orbit for a while (depending on how much you pay, of course) as another piece of China’s space junk, and eventually burn up. Sounds like a business almost as wasteful as it is useless. But then again, rich people who decide they want to shoot their ashes into outer space aren’t exactly doing it to save the planet. They’re probably doing it because, well, it sounds AWESOME.
According to Shanghai Daily, the biggest hurdle to the company’s space burial program ambitions will probably be the bureaucracy of sending ashes into orbit, since sending ashes overseas is so difficult. Come again? You need the proper paperwork to relocate burnt remains into space? Is there a police registry for that?
So is this for real, you ask? Do people really do this? After delving for twenty mind-blowing minutes into google results for ‘space burials’, I have learned the following:
- The creator of Star Trek and the guy who played Scotty were both given space burials
- People have actually tried to procure this service for deceased pets (apparently denied)
- If you pay enough, they’ll shoot you at the moon where you can crash into the lunar surface
- Service costs from one American company range from $695 to $12,500 (see advert for their cheapest option after the jump!)
How about this: Let’s start putting dead people in space AFTER we’ve finished putting migrant kids in school.
Celestis, a US company, will launch ONE gram of the remains of your loved one into space for the bargain price of US$695! See advert of its “Earth Rise” service below. Other options here and here:
Also on Shanghaiist:
Wikileaks: US and China blow sh*t up, IN SPACE!
Made in China: Space Junk