Beyond the Grave

Space is the Final Frontier
For just $1,300, you can alternately choose to send a small capsule of your cremated remains into orbit.

 
Space burials are currently offered by one company, Celestis, who include the remains as a secondary payload, usually along with commercial satellite launches. The late Gene Roddenberry, creator of "Star Trek," and the eccentric author Timothy Leary made the trip on the same rocket flight in 1997.
 
A portion of the ashes of Star Trek's "Scotty," actor James Doohan, along with Mercury astronaut L. Gordon Cooper Jr. were sent into space in April 2007 on a suborbital flight. More of their remains will be included in a flight scheduled for 2008 that's intended to go into orbit. 
 
Behind the Phenomenon
 
Like many modern burial alternatives, including the simple "green" cemeteries popping up across the U.S, reef and space burials appeal mostly to environmentally conscious baby boomers who want to minimize their impact on the earth, said Mark Harris, author of "Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way."
 
Reef burials play into the idea of giving back in death some of the resources you took from the earth in life, said Harris, who witnessed the explosion of marine life on reef balls dropped into the Atlantic by Eternal Reefs.
 
"The memorial reefs the Georgia company cast into southern waters of the U.S. were clearly no mere watery tombs; here the remains of the dead literally lay the foundation for new life under the sea," wrote Harris.
 
The Neptune Memorial Reef is also expected to attract a variety of tropical fish and promote coral growth. Scuba divers will come to study the reef as a marine research site, according to The Neptune Society. For their part, space burials promote cremation and the remains that aren't sent into space are scattered at sea.

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