Title: Pakistan News: Capsules Containing Remains of Individuals to be Launched into Space
In an unprecedented event this month, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan VC2S rocket will launch capsules containing the remains of individuals into space. This launch marks the fulfillment of the dream of Alan Clive, a passionate space enthusiast who regularly attended Mars Society meetings.
Alan’s son, Michael Clive, is overjoyed to be able to help his father achieve his lifelong dream. He has secured a spot for his father’s remains on the Tranquility flight, organized by Celestis Inc., a renowned Texas-based spaceflight company that has been conducting such missions since 1997.
The capsules will be attached to commercial space flights with excess capacity. The upcoming launch will include the remains of several individuals who were connected to the iconic “Star Trek” TV series. However, launching remains into space comes at a cost, ranging up to $12,995 for a lunar landing or deep space launch.
Scheduled for December 24th, this launch will be significant as it will be the first time two memorial flights will be attached to the same rocket ship, namely the Tranquility and the Enterprise flight. The rocket will initially dispatch a lunar lander to conduct studies of the moon. Alongside the lander, 70 capsules containing remains will accompany the voyage to the moon’s surface.
Afterward, the rocket will continue its course, covering a distance of around 100 million miles as it orbits around the sun. Michael Clive, who has switched careers to aerospace in order to make his promise to his father a reality, eagerly anticipates the moment when his father’s remains reach their final resting place.
In addition to the capsules containing human remains, the Enterprise flight will also carry digital data into Earth’s orbit, including original music compositions.
This launch comes amidst the burgeoning rate of space missions in recent years. Celestis Inc. is proud to conduct its 19th and 20th flights on the Tranquility and Enterprise voyages. Michael Clive hopes to track the coordinates of the rocket and, once it reaches its final destination, he plans to aim his telescope at the night sky to witness his father’s remains in their celestial abode.
Michael even muses about the possibility of his daughters or grandchildren visiting his father’s “grave” on the moon one day. This extraordinary event signifies a significant milestone in blending humanity’s fascination with space exploration and eternal remembrance.
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