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Celestis featured in Popular Mechanics

July 31, 2015 - “A Non-Comprehensive List of People Buried in Space” by John Wenz reports on the inclusion of a portion of astronomer Clyde Tombaugh’s cremated remains on the New Horizons probe that flew past Pluto. The article also discusses some of Celestis' many missions.

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Celestis announces two memorial spaceflights scheduled for 2015

July 10, 2015 - Our 7th Earth Orbit mission is scheduled for liftoff in the 4th quarter of 2015 from historic Cape Canaveral, where the American space program began. The family of Skylab astronaut William Pogue, along with families of everyday people who shared William Pogue’s passion for space, have chosen to honor their loved ones on this Celestis memorial spaceflight.

On November 5, 2015 we will launch our 7th Earth Rise mission, The Tribute Flight, from the majestic setting of Spaceport America, New Mexico. For thousands of years Native Americans lived in harmony with the Earth and the skies above in what New Mexicans correctly call the “Land of Enchantment.” Now, the Celestis Earth Rise launch from Spaceport America provides a way for everyone who, in life, felt an integral part of the universe to fly to the stars.

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Veteran U.S. Airman to be honored with memorial spaceflight: International "Scattering CJ" memorial continues with out of this world tribute

September 22, 2014 - Celestis, Inc., the pioneer and global leader in Memorial Spaceflight Services, today announced the Conestoga Flight, scheduled for launch October 20, 2014, from New Mexico's Spaceport America. Among those honored on board will be CJ Twomey, the former US Airman whose sudden and unexpected passing in 2010 inspired an international effort to send him places he was unable to visit in life.

Since the "Scattering CJ" effort began, people from around the world have spread his ashes in over 400 locations ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. CJ and others on board the October flight, Celestis' thirteenth memorial launch, will briefly experience the weightlessness of space before returning safely to Earth. Each flown capsule, with the cremated remains still sealed inside, will be presented to family and other loved ones as a permanent keepsake.

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For renowned sculptor Luise Kaish, deep space burial on Celestis Voyager flight is ultimate creative act

May 14, 2014 – During her lifetime, Luise Kaish developed a global reputation as a uniquely gifted artist. Her works are a textbook in American expressionist sculpture, from emotive human forms like Syracuse University’s The Saltine Warrior to metallic abstractions as geometric as they are protean. Her explorations of the human figure in Frederick the Great on tolerance and Christ in Glory are characteristic of a life’s work that seamlessly integrated assertive humanism with the idealized sublime.

For Kaish, who passed away in early 2013 after a battle with cancer, a burial in deep space on board a Celestis Voyager flight represents one final act of communication between Earth and the universe, the corporeal and the divine. Celestis, the Houston-based space pioneer and global leader in memorial spaceflights, will fly Kaish on board its deep space Voyager service, currently scheduled for early 2016.

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Luise Kaish's Biography

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Celestis Celebrates Historic Milestone In Commercial Spaceflight

June 4, 2013 -- Celestis, Inc., the pioneer and global leader in Memorial Spaceflight, announced today the launch of its latest mission - the Centennial Flight - carrying cremated remains into space and returning them to Earth aboard a SpaceLoft XL launch vehicle developed by UP Aerospace of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  Launch is scheduled to occur from Spaceport America, New Mexico on June 21, 2013.

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Hundreds Fly Into Earth Orbit With Celestis

May 29, 2012 -- Celestis, Inc., the pioneer and global leader in Memorial Spaceflight and subsidiary of Space Services, Inc. (Houston, Texas), announced today the successful launch of its latest Memorial Spaceflight – The New Frontier Flight.
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Cremated Remains Successfully Launched Into Space, Returned To Earth

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May 20, 2011 (Houston, TX) -- Celestis, Inc., a subsidiary of Space Services, Inc., announced today the successful launch of its latest Memorial Spaceflight - The Goddard Flight - carrying cremated remains into space, and returning them to Earth, aboard a SpaceLoft XL launch vehicle developed by UP Aerospace of Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Launch occurred at approximately 7:21 am Mountain Daylight Time (9:21 am EDT, 1:21 pm GMT) from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
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World Renowned Poet's Verses to Fly to the Moon

UPDATE (August 2010) -- Launch currently projected to occur in 2012/2013.

July 21, 2009 (Houston, TX) -- As part of the 40th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, Celestis, Inc.(www.celestis.com), the pioneer and global leader in Memorial Spaceflight, announced today that it will launch verses of Miguel Hernández’ poem “Perito en Lunas” (“Expert in Moon Matters”) to the Moon. Launch is projected to occur as early as 2011. The inclusion of the poem on Celestis’ next lunar mission has been arranged at the request of the Fundación Cultural Miguel Hernández (the Miguel Hernández Cultural Foundation) in Orihuela, Spain.
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Star Trek Spacecraft Containing the Remains of Gene & Majel Roddenberry, James Doohan, and Fans Will Travel to Deep Space

May 8, 2009 Celestis, Inc., the pioneer and global leader in Memorial Spaceflights, announced today that it will launch the remains of the late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, his wife, actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry – “The First Lady of Star Trek” – and James Doohan – “Scotty” – on a special Star Trek-dedicated mission into deep space, thus fulfilling Majel Roddenberry’s dream of journeying through space with her husband and creative partner.
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Famed Titanic Explorer Will Now Explore Space

April 24, 2009 — Celestis Inc., a subsidiary of Space Services Inc. (Houston, Texas), announced today that the countdown has begun for the next Celestis Memorial Spaceflight – The Discovery Flight – currently scheduled for launch May 2, 2009 aboard a Spaceloft XL launch vehicle developed by UP Aerospace of Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Launch will occur from Spaceport America in New Mexico. Among the "discoverers" honored aboard this mission will be famed Titanic explorer Ralph White.
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Star Trek Creator and Spouse To Fly Into Outer Space

January 22, 2009 — Celestis, Inc., the pioneer and global leader in Memorial Spaceflights, announced today that it will launch the remains of late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife, actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry – “The First Lady of Star Trek” – on a mission into deep space, thus fulfilling Majel Roddenberry’s dream of journeying through space with her husband and creative partner.
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Companies Providing Transportation to the Moon

Astrobotic Technology, Inc
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Odyssey Moon, Ltd.
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Celestis: Previous Launches, Raw Footage and Service Overview

Overview and previous launches
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Launch history, manifest and images

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