Memorial Spaceflights

Celestis Blog

Welcome to the Memorial Spaceflights Blog!  We post stories about our honored celebrants aboard upcoming missions, updates on future missions, and about the Celestis Memorial Spaceflight experience.

Recent Articles

Voyager Service Update

Celestis is pleased to announce a new partnership with Xplore for our Voyager Memorial Spaceflight Service missions into deep space.

Transforming the way memorials are done

Forbes Africa reached out to Celestis CEO Charles Chafer for his perspective on the space industry.

Grief in the context of a Life Celebration: A Glimpse into An Alternative Funeral

Celestis Memorial Spaceflights as an alternative funeral service where loved ones grieve, but also celebrate the life of departed loved ones

Pre Arranging Your Celestis Memorial Spaceflight

Pre Arranging a Celestis space burial locks in the price and will bring your family peace of mind when the time comes to arrange a Celestis Memorial Spaceflight.

Celestis Memorial Spaceflights for Star Trek Fans: An Inspiring Memorial in the Final Frontier

As in Spock's funeral in Star Trek II, the song "Amazing Grace" is often performed by a bagpiper at the Celestis memorial service on the day prior to liftoff.

Celebrations of Life and Funeral Alternatives: Look to the Skies!

Celestis is one of the many funeral alternatives people around the world are choosing.

The Celestis Foundation

The Celestis Foundation supports the exploration and development of the final frontier, helping people on and off the planet.

A Tribute to Wende & James Doohan, and All Those Who Inspire Us

Celestis Ambassador Marc Lee honors Wende Doohan, her late husband James Doohan (Star Trek's "Mr. Scott") and all those who inspire us.

Celestis honors our American heroes

Celestis proudly presents two service members who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their families and nation.

Sir Arthur’s Space Odyssey: How Arthur C. Clarke Became A Celestis DNA Participant

Celestis CEO and Co-Founder, Charles Chafer, describes his meeting with Arthur C. Clarke and how Celestis will fly Arthur C. Clarke's DNA to the Moon.

Celestis and the Bell X-1

The story of aerospace engineer and Celestis participant Benson Hamlin, the principal designer of the preliminary concept for the Bell X-1

Attending a Celestis Launch at Spaceport America

What it's like to attend a Celestis launch at Spaceport America, including a list of the many interesting tourist attractions in the spaceport area.

How Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes Were Launched Aboard the Celestis Founders Flight

The story of how three powerful women decided to celebrate Gene Roddenberry's life on board Space Shuttle Columbia, Celestis' Founders Flight and soon, together with Majel, they will fly into deep space.

The Heritage Flight to Earth Orbit

The Celestis Heritage memorial spaceflight will launch from historic Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center – the same pad that sent Apollo astronauts to the Moon and the majority of space shuttles into Earth orbit.

Flying Your Loved One on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy

Learn how the world's most powerful rocket, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, will launch the Celestis Heritage memorial spaceflight into a (minimum) five-year orbit around the Earth.

Celestis Supports the XPRIZE Foundation

One of the earliest charities to receive a Celestis Foundation grant was the Ansari X Prize, which was a space competition in which the X Prize Foundation offered a $10 million prize for the first non-government organization to launch a reusable crewed spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.

Kennedy Space Center Area Tourist Attractions

If you travel to Florida to view a Celestis memorial spaceflight launch, be sure to visit some of the many interesting tourist attractions near the Kennedy Space Center.

The Celestis Launch Manifest

View our list of upcoming Celestis memorial spaceflights.

Surrey Engineers Reveal Details of Heritage Flight Satellite

On their exclusive tour of the Surrey Satellite Technology US facility in Englewood, Colorado, Celestis Heritage Flight families not viewed the satellite that will carry their loved ones in Earth orbit, but also learned a great deal about the satellite itself.

Celestis families see their satellite

Families of those on board the Celestis Heritage Earth Orbit memorial spaceflight had the rare opportunity to view the satellite that will fly their loved ones in space.

Countdown to Celestis 16 – The Heritage Flight

Reservations are still open for the Heritage Flight -- a memorial spaceflight that will fly from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on an incredibly powerful rocket into Earth orbit

Celestis Memorial Spaceflights are Environmentally Benign

Celestis memorial spaceflights do not contribute to light pollution nor add to the ever-growing number of objects accumulating in Earth orbit.

Would flying DNA to the stars harm ET?

The new Celestis DNA™ Service intentionally flies people’s DNA into space. Are such ‘Reverse Panspermia’ missions potentially harmful to extraterrestrial civilizations?

Reflections on the Founders Flight

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Founders Flight, a space mission that grabbed the global public’s attention as the world’s first space funeral service.

Beautiful sites and fun activities in and around Lompoc, California

Tourist attractions in, and near, the city of Lompoc, California -- site of Celestis Memorial Spaceflight launches from Vandenberg AFB.

DNA and Space Travel

Many theories suggest that life on Earth originated from interstellar DNA. Here is a discussion about the relationship between DNA and space travel.

British Funeral Flights

Many British families have chosen Celestis funeral flights to commemorate the lives of their departed loved ones. Read about our British master distributor.

Celestis Firsts

Celestis and its parent company, Space Services, Inc., have repeatedly led the way forward in humanity’s future in space. Among the Celestis Firsts.

Celestis chooses Moon Express as featured host for next lunar memorial spaceflight

Celestis has selected Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx) to host the Luna 02 Mission, Celestis's second lunar memorial spaceflight. MoonEx recently announced it has received final approval from the United States government to conduct a commercial mission to the Moon.

Tribute to Jimmy

A tribute to James Doohan written by fellow Star Trek actor George Takei to commemorate Mr. Doohan's first Celestis memorial spaceflight.

The New Frontier Flight - Looking Back and Looking Forward

As we prepare for our upcoming launch into Earth orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, we recall our 2012 flight from Cape Canaveral, The New Frontier Flight.

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