The first memorial service in space was in held in 1997, when a private company sold “seats” to carry the ashes of 24 people (including Gene Roddenberry, the creator or Star Trek) into sub-orbit. The remains were carried in capsules, comparable in size to a standard AAA battery, so they only contained about one gram of a deceased person’s ashes. The rocket then carried the remains into space and orbited the Earth. Since then, the idea has continued to grow and capture people’s interest, offering them access to a unique and meaningful resting place. Since Gene Roddenberry’ s flight, the remains of more than 150 people have been “buried in space”, including sixties counterculture guru Timothy Leary, James “Scotty” Doohan, also of Star Trek fame, and astronaut L. Gordon “Gordo” Cooper.
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