Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2003
Celestis, Inc. (Houston, Texas), announced today that the countdown has begun for the first of its Kosmos series of launches, currently scheduled for launch on a Dnepr rocket from historic Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Celestis is the company that pioneered post cremation spaceflight memorials by launching a symbolic portion of the cremated remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and 60's pop icon Timothy Leary into space, and has recently provided its lunar services, in cooperation with NASA, to place Dr. Eugene Shoemaker's remains on the lunar surface, symbolically making Dr. Shoemaker the first man from Earth to be buried on the Moon.
"Space remains the domain of the few, the dream of many," said Chan Tysor, president of Celestis, Inc. "With Celestis, the dream of spaceflight, and the desire to take part in the opening of the space frontier can be realized - and is available to everyone."
This "Earthview" launch will bring those dreams of spaceflight into reality as the capsules containing the cremains of Celestis participants from countries around the world, including U.S.A., Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom, are launched into Earth orbit. Funeral homes locally and internationally are offering the Celestis service to the general public and are now beginning to take reservations.
Each Celestis capsule is inscribed with the deceased's name and personal message as a tribute to the fulfillment of each individual's dreams of a singular space journey, messages include: "With Our Love Go In Peace," "Free To Soar The Heavens," "Me Vida Es Tuya," "To Dwell Among The Stars," "I Am Where I Wish To Be," "Ich Denke, Also Bin Ich," "Our Love Is Set Free," " Fulfillment Of A Dream XXO," "One More Big Adventure."
The upcoming launch of Kosmos I is scheduled from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the oldest launch facility in the world. The Dnepr series of rockets are among the most reliable in the world, having flown over 160 missions with a 97% success rate. Launch of the Kosmos series is made under agreement with SpaceQuest, Ltd., of Fairfax, VA. SpaceQuest is an innovative microsatellite manufacturer responsible for the design and construction of the primary payload aboard Kosmos I - LatinSat. LatinSat is a project of Latin Trade Satellite S.A. of Buenos Aries, Argentina - truly making this mission an international effort.
For more information on Celestis or Kosmos I, please contact 1-800-ORBIT-11 or visit the Celestis website at www.celestis.com.
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