Do you want your remains launched into space? | The Tylt
Do you want your remains launched into space?
The cremated remains of 100 people were launched into space in late 2018. Each individual's ashes were packed into four-inch cubes, and families are able to track their location in real-time through an app before the SpaceX rocket returns to earth in 2022. CNN's Dakin Andone reports:
Traveling into space will be the remains of military veterans and aerospace enthusiasts, alongside those whose families were 'looking to celebrate a loved one within the poetry of the starry sky,' Elysium Space said in an emailed statement.
For one individual, James Eberling, who died in Nov. 2016 at age 36, having his remains sent to space was a dying wish. Elysium Space's mission is unique, but it could serve as a future burial strategy. Whether it becomes a high honor, or simply a way to safely and respectfully dispose of human remains, a burial at space could become the funeral of the future.
But for some, the idea of having your remains sent to outer space is unsettling. What happens if something goes wrong with the rocket? Then your ashes would be forever lost, scattered among space matter. And in this particular scenario, the rocket carrying the remains is set to return to Earth after four years in orbit, rendering the whole mission somewhat pointless, as space will not be the individuals' final resting place.
Plus, a burial in space means no one can visit your resting place (within reason), which could make it harder for friends and family to cope with your loss. Some people even see the mission as a demonstration of human vanity, rather than as a way to honor the dead.
Others are concerned with unforeseen consequences of the mission and future ones like it.