After Death, Take a Trip to the Moon
If you are looking for a different way to depart this life, perhaps it's time to take a look at Celestis, a Texas company that will begin launching human cremated remains to the surface of the moon by 2009.
But beware: This final sendoff comes with a price - the "Luna" burial package costs about $10,000 to $15,000. However, it comes with a customized DVD of the launch and includes a memorial service. When considering that most funerals these days cost more than $6,000, perhaps this service is not all that outlandish.
The company asks people to attend the launch of someone's ashes in the same fashion as they would attend someone's funeral.
According to the company's Web site, "Leaving Earth to touch the cosmos is an experience few have ever known, but many have often dreamed of. Space Services makes it possible to honor the dream and memory of your departed loved one by launching a symbolic portion of cremated remains into Earth orbit, onto the lunar surface or into deep space. Missions into space that return the cremated remains to Earth are also available."
Celestis already has had some high-profile people use its service as it has been sending cremated remains into space for several years. The company sent the ashes of James Doohan, who played Scotty on Star Trek, into space in two separate memorial spaceflights.
What do you think about this innovative business concept?
Thomas A. Parmalee
Innovative Businesses Writer