Celestis Explorers Flight mission patch

Explorers Flight mission patch

 
Explorers Flight liftoff
Explorers Flight liftoff,
August 2, 2008,
Omelek Island, Marshall Islands

The Explorers Flight, carrying cremated remains samples of over 200 people, was launched August 2, 2008 aboard a Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 1 rocket. The launch occurred from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Unfortunately, there was a launch anomaly that prevented the spacecraft's primary and secondary payloads (including The Explorers Flight) from reaching orbit. However, the spacecraft did reach space, flying to an altitude of 135 miiles (217 kilometers). Note that SpaceX successfully launched its next Falcon 1 the following month. See that launch video here

The overwhelming majority of Explorers Flight families elected to launch their loved one's cremated remains samples on a subsequent Celestis mission. Read the stories of Explorers Flight participants.

Explorers Flight Images

Kwajalein Island
Omelek Island
Kwajalein Island Omelek Island
Launch took place from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Mission control was located on Kwajelein Island, while the launch pad was located on Omelek Island.
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