Company offers sending remains of loved ones to moon

Company Offers Sending Remains Of Loved Ones To Moon
After over 15 years, the space burial business is finally a somewhat competitive market.

Elysium Space plans to send "symbolic portion" of loved ones' remains to the lunar surface aboard Astrobotic Techology's Griffin lander.

The company will compete for customers with Houston-based Celestis.

Celestis is a bit pricier. Their options start at $12,500 while Elysium Space's Lunar Memorial service is set at $11,950—there's even a $2,000 discount for the first 50 customers.

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San Francisco-based Elysium Space, founded in 2013, already provides a Shooting Star Memorial where ashes are sent into a brief orbit with Earth before burning up in the atmosphere as a brilliant ray of light. The company also plans to offer a Milky Way Memorial—where ashes will be sent out into deep space.

Thomas Civeit, founder and CEO of Elysium Space put a poignant spin on the new enterprise, "Offering this exceptional tribute within the reach of most families is an important part of this new chapter opening for our civilization."

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