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Space Burial Myths Debunked


Space burial, a concept that has captivated the human imagination, is often shrouded in myths and misconceptions. This article aims to clarify the facts, providing readers with a clear understanding of what space burial entails, its environmental impact, and the reality of what happens to the ashes. By debunking common myths, we hope to help readers make informed decisions based on truths rather than misconceptions.

Myth 1: Space Burials are Harmful to the Environment

mechanical parts floating in space

Fact: Space burials have a minimal environmental impact. The ashes sent to space are a small sample encapsulated in a spacecraft that adheres to strict environmental regulations. In fact, space burials can be considered a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial methods, which often involve embalming chemicals and resource-intensive caskets.

Myth 2: The Ashes Remain Intact Forever Causing Space Debris

engineer working on the Orbital Test Bed-1 satellite

Celestis does not release its flight capsules into LEO. This is a closeup of an engineer working on the Orbital Test Bed-1 satellite that will host the Celestis Heritage Flight, an Earth-orbiting mission. The arrows designate the device on board the satellite where Celestis capsules are permanently attached. After orbiting Earth the satellite — with the Celestis capsules still attached — will re-enter the atmosphere and burn like a shooting star. Image credit: Surrey Satellite Technology US

Fact: The reality is more nuanced. In some space burial services, the ashes are sent on a trajectory that eventually leads them back to Earth. Upon re-entry into the atmosphere, they harmlessly burn up. This process ensures that the ashes do not contribute to space debris. With other services, a minute amount of ashes remain inside their capsules to traverse the vast expanse of space. With other services, a minute amount of ashes remain inside their capsule to traverse the vast expanse of space or forever remain on the Moon.

Myth 3: Space Burials are Only for the Wealthy

rich man on a plane drinking wine

Fact: While space burials were once a luxury, advancements in space technology have made them more accessible. Companies like Celestis offer various packages at different prices, making space burials a viable option for a broader range of individuals.

Myth 4: The Process is Complicated and Lengthy

dna inside a capsule

Fact: Space burial providers typically handle the logistics, making the process straightforward for the family. The ashes are prepared, placed in a tiny capsule, and launched into space on a scheduled mission. The entire process is handled with care and professionalism, ensuring a dignified tribute to the departed.

Myth 5: Space Burials Lack Personalization

celestis memorial spaceflight options

Fact: On the contrary, space burials offer a unique way to memorialize loved ones. Families can choose the type of mission, whether it's orbiting Earth, journeying to the Moon, or even venturing into deep space. Additionally, they can include personal messages or mementos with the ashes, adding a personal touch to the tribute.

Space burials are a testament to human ingenuity and our eternal fascination with the cosmos. By debunking these myths, we hope to shed light on the reality of space burials, offering a unique and meaningful way to honor our loved ones. As we look to the stars, we are reminded of the endless possibilities and the eternal nature of our connections. To learn more about this remarkable way to commemorate a life, consider exploring Celestis, a pioneer in space burials, offering a range of services to make this cosmic tribute a reality.

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