As humans continue to reach out to explore and, eventually, to settle the solar system and beyond, it is entirely appropriate that our celebrations, rituals, and memorials accompany us.
For many, the notion of a final voyage in space - permanently traversing the cosmos - offers the most appropriate memorial for a life devoted to exploration, adventure, and cosmic awareness.
The Celestis Voyager Service launches a symbolic portion of cremated remains or a DNA sample into deep space, leaving the Earth-Moon system on an infinite journey.
“Celestis will be fulfilling a pledge made to my mother in 1995, to launch both my mother and father together, side by side, and carry their spirits, memories, and the message of their life’s work into the cosmos on an infinite journey into deep space.”
-- Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, son of Majel Barrett and Gene Roddenberry
Until now, only the NASA New Horizons mission has provided a deep space memorial service in the Voyager class. A symbolic portion of the cremated remains of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh is on the New Horizons spacecraft as it leaves the solar system.
With the Celestis Voyager Service, people everywhere can follow NASA’s example of honoring the departed with a mission to deep space.
As with all Celestis services, Voyager launches as a “secondary” payload on commercial and scientific spacecraft. Because missions to deep space are complex, relatively rare, and resource limited, often these missions include advanced technology, including solar sails, and are destined for distant locations – for example the Sun-Earth L1 stable gravity point, more than 1 million kilometers from Earth.
Choosing the Voyager Service for a loved one or yourself supports further deep space exploration by creating a new class of supporters and participants in these mission types. In this way Voyager missions directly and indirectly contribute to the advance of space science, exploration, and technology.
Early Voyager missions will be rare and limited in capacity, the participants being special emissaries from planet Earth throughout the solar system – a mission of purpose. Contact us if you have questions or to make a reservation.
Launch to deep space of a personalized, individual flight capsule containing cremated remains or DNA sample.
Attend all Celestis launch events including launch site tour, astronaut dinner, memorial service, and launch viewing from a preferred location. Most events are webcast, permitting participation by friends and loved ones unable to attend.
Celestis produces a custom video of the experience, provided to each participant’s family. An official Certificate of Mission Completion, specifying mission accomplishments, is also included.
Celestis proudly offers a reduced price for veterans.
The Celestis contract contains a performance guarantee offering a complimentary second mission should the first mission attempt fail to achieve success.
Plan an Earth Orbit service contract in advance and receive a price guarantee, invitations to Celestis launches, and peace of mind. Payment plans are available for all Celestis services.