If any of your late relatives ever dreamed of travelling to the moon, there’s now a way you can send them there.
“Lunar burials” are officially a thing, and they’re surprisingly affordable. More than 500 people have actually had their ashes shot out into orbit since Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry did it in 1992. Of course, at the time, technology wasn’t as far ahead as it is now, and most of the vials containing human remains returned to Earth and burned up in our atmosphere.
But in 2015, that’s no longer a problem thanks to companies like Elysium Space. The San Francisco-based company officially launched its “lunar memorial” service earlier this month, which allows anyone to send a small portion of their loved one’s remains to the moon — for a price.
“Families now have the historic opportunity to commemorate their departed loved ones every night through the everlasting splendor and soft illumination of the Earth’s closest companion: the Moon,” the company wrote in a press release.
Among the first people the company will launch into space is the mother of a US Army Infantry Soldier, who used to tell her son that she loved him “to the moon and back.”
The way the process works is pretty simple. Elysium Space will send you capsules that look like this:
Once received, customers fill up the capsule(s) and send them back to the company, which then loads them into a lunar lander. The lander is then “integrated” with a launch vehicle and presto! Lunar burial.
Just keep in mind the company only sends a small portion of your loved one’s remains to space.
At this point though, you’re probably just wondering about cost. Elysium’s moon burial service normally costs $11,950 (USD), but the first 50 customers will be offered a discounted rate of $9,950. While that’s definitely not chump change, consider that the average cost of a funeral (including headstones and burials) costs roughly $10,000 — on Earth.
Now if only we could figure out how to get to space while we’re still alive…