Honor your departed loved one with these 15 unique outdoor memorial concepts. Find inspiration for creating a heartfelt and lasting tribute.
Explore spaceflight services today and witness the rise of spaceflight tourism. Learn more about this exciting industry and its prospects.
Funerals aren't what they used to be. For your final farewell or honoring a departed loved one, consider these 10 contemporary creative funeral alternatives.
Explore the most recent developments in space tourism and celestial memorials and discover the synergy between exploration and remembrance.
Discover an exceptional method to pay tribute and commemorate the life of a loved one. Learn more about DNA banking with Celestis as a celestial memorial choice.
Discover the significance of pre-arranging cremation memorials. Secure serenity, lighten loved ones' load, and ensure a meaningful farewell through proactive planning.
Examine the ethical and legal aspects of this innovative celestial homage. To ensure a respectful tribute, explore the implications of sending ashes to the moon, including ethics, impacts on lunar ecosystems, and the need for regulatory frameworks.
Discover unique and heartfelt ways to honor loved ones through innovative living funeral ceremonies. Celebrate their life while they're still with us.
United Launch Alliance has provided updates regarding the inaugural Vulcan Centaur launch, which will loft Celestis' Enterprise and Tranquility Memorial Spaceflights to deep space and the Moon, respectively.
Discover the transformative power of space funerals, offering solace and emotional healing as loved ones find eternal rest among celestial wonders.
The exquisite spiral over Fairbanks, Alaska that occurred in April has been verified to be Celestis' Excelsior Flight reentering Earth's atmosphere like a shooting star, serving as an unprecedented tribute.
Honor a loved one with a space funeral. Learn about the benefits, available providers, and selection to create a memorable memorial in the stars.
Saying goodbye is never easy. Explore 10 special and unique methods for scattering ashes to honor your loved one's memory and celebrate the time you spent together.
Explore the fascinating history and future of space funerals. Get a glimpse of where we're headed in honoring our deceased beyond Earth's boundaries.
Send your beloved's ashes into eternity with Celestis. Explore 7 reasons to consider a memorial space funeral and create a lasting tribute in their honor.
Learn what to consider when selecting a memorial place for a loved one's ashes, from location and sentimentality to accessibility and cost. Here's a quick guide.
Biologists currently utilize DNA to track the movements and evolution of the world’s diverse civilizations, mapping out how modern society came to be. So can the DNA of three American presidents tell future civilizations about our society? Read further to discover how.
It’s entirely understandable – many are not yet ready to think about their final burial disposition; not many people want to think about their passing and burial choices. However, Celestis Memorial Spaceflights works with its clients to ensure that their final decisions are carried out to the letter.
Astronaut Fred Haise, who will speak at Celestis Memorial Spaceflights’ Tranquility Flight, is one of the few astronauts who participated in both the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. His new website contains journals that capture his life and career in his own words.
In 2023, as Celestis approaches its 30th year, the company boasts spaceflights encompassing each of its memorial spaceflight services. This is a first in Celestis’ decades-long history and marks just the beginning of what promises to be a historic year for the company.
In early 2023, over 50 years since NASA’s final Apollo mission, Celestis Memorial Spaceflights Tranquility Flight will proudly be a part of the world’s first commercial lunar landing. Read more about why the Moon still deserves to be explored.
When Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols died in late July at age 89, she was lauded as the trailblazer she was during her lifetime. However, her story is far from over. In early 2023, she will fly alongside the DNA of her son, Kyle Johnson, aboard Celestis’ Enterprise Flight. In addition, the Nichelle Nichols Foundation – announced today, on what would have been her 90th birthday – will continue to promote diversity in STEM fields.
Have you ever wanted to give your loved one a truly unique, everlasting gift? Consider Celestis DNA™ and Celestis MindFiles™.
Discussions about what to do when one passes away can be difficult – so much so that many families avoid the subject altogether. Here's how to discuss Celestis with your family and loved ones.
Why did Celestis' Director of Content, Emily Carney, purchase her own Celestis MindFile™? The answer is not as apparent as it might seem.
Radio technology has come a long way since the 1900s, making communicating with extraterrestrial beings more advanced. Learn more about this fantastic topic here.
This blog post will review the updated Aurora Flight schedule and share travel tips to ensure guests enjoy a comfortable stay in New Mexico.
Douglas Hunt Trumbull, visionary inventor, and Dr. Nolan Walborn, renowned spectral classification expert, will board the upcoming Enterprise flight.
Aurora is the name for the Roman goddess of dawn, which is when the Aurora Flight will take place on Wednesday, November 30th. But what causes this phenomenon, and why do they take place? How does the Sun, approximately 92 million miles from our home planet, cause such an extravagant light show near Earth’s poles?
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights’ Aurora Flight is scheduled to launch on November 30th, 2022, from New Mexico’s Spaceport America, which is approximately 45 miles north of Las Cruces. There are a variety of attractions to enjoy in “The Land of Enchantment” during the days before and after Celestis’ next Earth Rise Service.
Launch attendance packages for the Aurora Flight are now on sale. Moreover, a launch event agenda has been put together, starting with registration and ending with a real-life space launch.
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights is pleased to announce that a significant milestone has been reached in preparation for its upcoming Enterprise and Tranquility Flights.
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights proudly announces that Apollo and Space Shuttle legend Fred W. Haise, Jr. will speak at its Moon-bound Tranquility Flight.
With its roots firmly implanted in the birth of commercial spaceflight, Celestis has long been dedicated to democratizing space and making it accessible to “regular folks” – like you and me. Read more about how Enterprise Flight – and Enterprise Station – will make that possible.
One of the significant differences distinguishing Enterprise Station from other deep space missions is that it truly represents the breadth and scope of humanity with its contributions – from people like you. Read more in Part 1 of this series to discover the Celestis difference.
Before Celestis Memorial Spaceflights’ Aurora Flight lifts off on November 30th, we will showcase several flight participants, remember their lives, and celebrate their legacy. We are honored to feature the story of Jacob Ryan, written by his father, Mr. Ryan Gross.
This blog post will share tips for Aurora Flight families and friends so that they may stay comfortable, warm, and hydrated during their time in New Mexico.
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights will fulfill the lifetime dream of former NASA astronaut-scientist Dr. Philip Chapman. Celestis has also hosted many astronauts at its pre-launch events, allowing event guests to meet the elite people who have experienced the phenomenon of spaceflight.
Celestis has flown the ashes of two Mercury-Gemini-Apollo era NASA astronauts to space, fulfilling their final wishes in the same manner that mariners wish to be buried at sea.
Messages and DNA in space used to be limited to the realms of scientists, space travelers, or celebrities. But now, you can send your DNA to space or send your special message along with photos or art – and you can represent the hopes and dreams of Earth’s people on a once-in-a-generation journey.
Learn how Star Trek's Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, played by Enterprise Flight participant DeForest Kelley, inspired real-life space medicine experts.
Before Celestis Memorial Spaceflights’ Aurora Flight lifts off on November 30th, we will showcase several flight participants, remember their lives, and celebrate their legacy. We are honored to feature the story of Gary DeFoer, written by his daughter.
Humans have always fantasized about “touching the sky” and have wondered what lies beyond the bounds of Earth – the thin blue band that separates our atmosphere from the depths of space. Now, you (via our Celestis DNA service) or your loved one can join the small group of pioneers who have made suborbital spaceflights.
A loved one or friend’s death can be one of the most stressful, unnatural times in a person’s life, and often there are no easy words of comfort or answers. That’s why it’s imperative for you to establish a “mental health roadmap” while you’re mourning.
Celestis is honored to feature the story of Aurora Flight participant Michael Dee Carl, as told to us by his daughter, Dallas L. Carl, in an interview.
Celestis’ DNA flight capsules utilize a material that provides optimum shielding from extremes such as the Sun, extreme cold, and radiation. In addition, this material has a long heritage in aerospace applications, making it a trusted, tested choice in shielding.
Celestis is proud to announce that DeForest Kelley – best known as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the original Star Trek® series – will join his fellow series luminaries and fly aboard its Enterprise Flight, which will establish the first outpost of humanity in deep space carrying ashes, DNA, and Celestis MindFiles™.
Celestis’ Earthrise Service may be our most intimate, deeply felt experience. Find out more about our upcoming Aurora Flight, and how to reserve a spot.
Tributes have poured in for Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek®'s iconic "Lt. Uhura." Now, you can send your tribute to this pioneer into deep space. Learn more by reading this blog post.
Before Celestis Memorial Spaceflights’ Aurora Flight lifts off on November 30th, we will showcase several flight participants, remember their lives, and celebrate their legacy. We are honored to feature the story of Clarice Terry Brown, written by her daughter.
Most efforts to send messages into deep space have been performed by scientists, engineers, academics, and governmental agencies – not by regular citizens of Earth. Celestis MindFiles™ seeks to change that. Learn more by checking out this blog.
Learn more about legendary Star Trek® actress and civil rights pioneer Nichelle Nichols, Celestis Memorial Spaceflights' Enterprise Flight star traveler.
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights is honored to announce that NASA astronaut Richard Michael “Mike” Mullane (USAF Colonel, retired) will speak at Celestis Memorial Spaceflights' next Earth Rise Service, the Aurora Flight.
Celestis and Star Trek® have a long heritage. Read more about how Celestis' first Voyager Service, the Enterprise Flight, will function as the ultimate Star Trek® family reunion.
Families seeing their loved ones en route to “touch the Universe” during Celestis Memorial Spaceflights’ Enterprise Flight will undoubtedly experience a type of “Overview Effect” during the mission’s Vulcan-Centaur launch.
Celestis is honored to be a part of the Tranquility Flight, the first lander mission to the lunar surface in over 40 years. This historic mission allows Celestis to continue its legacy of providing meaningful ways for people to celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
The word “Voyager” conjures visions of long journeys by sea and, of course, Star Trek®. It’s the perfect name for Celestis’ deep space service since it boasts no shortage of intrepid explorers.
So, you've arranged a memorial spaceflight for a loved one. Here's how Celestis stays in touch with you to ensure you view it.
Many may not realize this, but the dawn of U.S. licensed commercial launches occurred at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the state described as the “Land of Enchantment.”
The launch provider for Celestis Memorial Spaceflights’ Aurora Flight is UP Aerospace, which has flown eight Celestis Earth Rise Service missions.
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights' Perseverance Flight will utilize UP Aerospace’s SpaceLoft™ XL rocket, which has flown 14 times out of New Mexico’s Spaceport America since 2006.
So, you'd like to make a memorial spaceflight. What's next? Let Celestis be your guide in planning your experience.
United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) brand new Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle will loft not one but two Celestis missions beyond low Earth orbit.
Celestis and its parent company, Space Services Inc. of America (SSIoA), have a rich heritage spanning four decades from the dawn of commercial spaceflight. Unparalleled in tenacity, Celestis and SSIoA have overcome adversity to flourish in an ever-changing spaceflight industry.
A profile of former NASA scientist-astronaut Dr. Philip K. Chapman, a Celestis Memorial Spaceflights Aurora and Enterprise Flight participant.
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights has made it possible for you – or your loved ones – to make a suborbital spaceflight...and it's affordable.
A profile of former Mercury NASA astronaut Donald K. "Deke" Slayton, the first president of Space Services Inc. of America.
Emily Carney was thrilled that her first duty as Celestis Memorial Spaceflights’ Director of Content was covering its Ascension Flight. But she didn’t expect that it would change her life.
The Celestis Foundation donated proceeds from the Ascension Flight to Taking Up Space and Sands Space History Center.
In Part 3 of her three-part series about Celestis' 21st Memorial Spaceflight, the Ascension Flight, Celestis' Emily Carney discusses the stories of participants on board this Celestis mission and the thoughts of loved ones who witnessed the launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Marjorie Dufton, who flew into Earth orbit on the Celestis Ascension Flight on May 25, 2022, was an aviation pioneer and an inspiration to many -- including Emily Carney, Celestis' Director of Content. In Part 2 of her series about attending the Ascension Flight launch-related events read about Emily's thoughts and reflections on Marjorie Dufton's life and how grateful she was to meet Marjorie's son at the launch.
Retired Astronaut Don Thomas spoke to, and met with Celestis Ascension Flight families in May 2022 during the Ascension Flight's launch-related events. Read about his determination to become an astronaut, the value of never giving up on one's dreams, and his description of what Ascension Flight families would experience as they witnessed the launch of their departed loved ones into Earth Orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
In Part One of a three-part series, Celestis Director of Content Emily Carney recounts what she and Celestis families who attended the Ascension Flight launch experienced before the May 25, 2022 liftoff of the Ascension Flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Celestis' DNA services make it easier than ever to participate in the booming commercial spaceflight industry while honoring a loved one's memory.
A look at the lives of two Celestis participants: Allen Michael Bychek and Marjorie Dufton.
Some popular options for what to do with cremated remains: place ashes in a columbarium, scatter them, or send them to space. Find out more here.
Give your mom a unique and beautiful sendoff to the stars. Consider hosting a memorial for mom spaceflight with Celestis. Read more here.
Learn how Celestis and MicroPets will launch unique animated NFTs on three upcoming Celestis missions.
Women have always played a vital role in human space flight. We celebrate their undeniable significant contributions this Women's History Month.
Celestis Pets offers pet owners the opportunity to commemorate the lives of their furry friends in a unique way.
Read how Celestis has transformed the dream of memorial spaceflights into reality.
Celestis announces that it has entered into a launch services agreement with United Launch Alliance to fly Celestis' first memorial spaceflight into deep space aboard the initial flight of ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rocket.
Learn about Celestis' history as a pioneer in commercial space and its first deep space memorial spaceflight.
Like Spock’s space funeral ceremony in the 1982 movie The Wrath of Khan, as humanity navigates further into what Gerard O’Neill called “The High Frontier,” it’s only natural we will bring our terrestrial traditions to space. Examples include the celebration of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year.
Celestis contributor Emily Carney discusses the many ways Celestis gives back to benefit spaceflight and life on Earth.
Learn about virtual memorial service and how to hold one for your departed loved ones this pandemic season.
Celestis congratulates Star Trek's William Shatner on his successful flight into space and honors the Star Trek personalities and fans who have already flown with Celestis. Learn what it’s like to attend the memorial service held before each launch.
Find out the best outdoor memorial service idea for a departed Space Enthusiast loved one, and let their cremated remains forever remain among the stars.
Find out what a celebration of life service is, and celebration of life ideas to commemorate the life of a departed loved one with family and friends.
Why would an astronaut want to have a portion of his/her cremated remains launched into space? Why would anyone want to do that? Celestis blogger Emily Carney profiles Skylab astronaut -- and Celestis participant -- William Pogue to answer these questions.
Celestis offers you the opportunity to commemorate the life of your departed companion animal with a memorial spaceflight.
Celestis invited Beverly S. Rother to discuss her decision to prearrange a Celestis Memorial Spaceflight.
Celestis invited Oren Whyche-Shaw, a Celestis DNA participant, to discuss her flight into deep space with her husband.
The Celestis Foundation has supported several of the same non-profit organizations that Blue Origin's Club for the Future is supporting.
A profile of the company that will fly Celestis' 2nd mission to the Moon.
A Celestis client discusses the reasons he has chosen to prearrange a Celestis Memorial Spaceflight
Sir Richard Branson's July 11, 2021 inspiring trip into space was an exciting experience for those on board and for those watching at the launch site and online. Celestis families experience much the same thing when their departed loved ones fly into space.
While many people have prearranged Celestis Memorial Spaceflights for themselves due to their interest in space exploration, astronomy or science fiction, former naval aviator Glenn Carter has made arrangements with Celestis to fly his ashes into space largely for a dramatically different reason – to inspire his children.
People from all walks of life prearrange Celestis Memorial Spaceflights. A teacher and a naval aviator share their thoughts on why they've decided to fly with Celestis at their time of need.
Celestis flies its Earth Rise missions with UP Aerospace, the leader in small system commercial rocketry. Learn about the Celestis Earth Rise Service and the aerospace company that flies Celestis participants into space from Spaceport America, New Mexico.
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights provide a meaningful way to fulfill the dream of spaceflight and to connect with the universe.
A Celestis memorial spaceflight is a unique opportunity to honor your loved one in a meaningful, beautiful, and surprisingly affordable way. Two of our memorial spaceflight services cost less than 1/2 of a traditional American funeral.
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights enable you to embark on the ultimate adventure -- into deep space with the Celestis Voyager Service. Pre-arrange your own flight, or make a reservation now for a departed loved one.
There’s simply nothing like the excitement of seeing your loved one make the ultimate journey beyond the stars. When you choose a Celestis memorial spaceflight, you ensure your family will have a truly memorable funeral experience, whether you attend in person or participate via webcast.
The Cube Design Museum in the Netherlands is featuring Celestis Memorial Spaceflights in a new exhibit about death, alternative funerals and memorial services entitled "(Re)Design Death." Learn about this fascinating exhibition that highlights Celestis Memorial Spaceflights.
A Celestis family member, inspired by the launch of his father into space last year on board a Celestis Memorial Spaceflight, has developed a model of the rocket used for the mission. Celestis now offers the model for sale through its website.
Read the stories of three aerospace professionals whose families chose Celestis Memorial Spaceflights to commemorate their lives.
Skeptics dismissed the father of modern rocket propulsion as the "Moon Man" who, despite his Ph.D., lacked knowledge of high school science. But Robert Goddard's work would prove his early 20th century critics wrong and he would come to be honored by NASA, Congress and Celestis.
Many Celestis flight participants served their country in uniform. Celestis proudly serves veterans. In honor of Veterans Day, we invite you to learn about some of the vets we've flown.
Celestis has often appeared in the news media and popular culture. The company was recently featured in an HBO documentary about alternative ways people are celebrating lives that are coming to an end. Celestis will also be the subject of an exhibit in the Cube Design Museum in Holland.
The Celestis Heritage Flight launch was covered by a wide variety of news media organizations. This historic flight into Earth orbit generated news articles about Celestis, the launch itself, and some of the participants on board this Memorial Spaceflight.
For Celestis Memorial Spaceflights launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center or the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Celestis scatters the unflown balance of its participants cremated remains or DNA in the Banana River, which separates KSC from Cape Canaveral.
Celestis Memorial Spaceflights as an alternative funeral service where loved ones grieve, but also celebrate the life of departed loved ones
Celestis is one of the many funeral alternatives people around the world are choosing.
Celestis Ambassador Marc Lee honors Wende Doohan, her late husband James Doohan (Star Trek's "Mr. Scott") and all those who inspire us.
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.
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.
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.
On their exclusive tour of the Surrey Satellite Technology US facility in Englewood, Colorado, Celestis Heritage Flight families not only viewed the satellite that will carry their loved ones in Earth orbit, but also learned a great deal about the satellite itself.
Celestis memorial spaceflights do not contribute to light pollution nor add to the ever-growing number of objects accumulating in Earth orbit.
Tourist attractions in, and near, the city of Lompoc, California -- site of Celestis Memorial Spaceflight launches from Vandenberg AFB.
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.
Celestis has selected Astrobotic to host the Tranquility Mission, Celestis's second lunar memorial spaceflight.
People who have pre-arranged a Celestis memorial spaceflight tell, in their own words, why they chose Celestis.
With strong partnerships in the space industry and 16 successful flights to date, Celestis is by far the most trusted and experienced company in the Memorial Spaceflight industry. When you choose Celestis, you have a dependable partner who’s there for you at every step of the process. Whether you want to pre-arrange a Memorial Spaceflight for yourself or make the dream of spaceflight come true for a loved one, our team of seasoned professionals is ready to help you understand and choose the right mission, financing options, and logistical arrangements for you and your family.
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