Would you send your pet's ashes into space?
The cremated remains of your pet can now be sent to the moon on a special 'Memorial Spaceflight,' thanks to a new initiative from Celestis Pets. (Photo from Celestis Pets)
Published Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:00PM EDT
The cremated remains of your pet can now be sent to the moon on a special "Memorial Spaceflight," thanks to a new initiative from Celestis Pets.
The company is launching a service this fall that will allow cremated remains or DNA to be placed in individual capsules on board a commercial launch vehicle, alongside scientific and commercial payloads.
Packages include suborbital flights that return to Earth, lunar flights and missions to deep space, with prices starting at $12,000.
"Our pet service flights are an idea that's been a long time coming," Celestis CEO Charles Chafer said. "Over the years we've received so many requests to include pets in our memorial spaceflights and we're very excited to extend this tribute to our animal companions."
Open to cats, dogs and other animal companions, the service will lift off this autumn when a blue merle Australian Shepherd named Apollo from Los Angeles will take the inaugural pet flight.
The news comes as Virgin Galactic prepares to launch its first voyage -- expected to take place in 2015 -- making space more accessible to both humans and their furry friends.