Memorial Spaceflights

Aurora Flight

Touch the Sky… Seek the Stars… Return Home

About The Aurora Flight

A mission of purpose, a dream fulfilled.

Launch Experience

Witness the power and grandeur of a launch into space.

Honored Participants

Read about the participants aboard the Aurora Flight.


Hear first hand impressions from Celestis launch guests.

Aurora Flight Details

Mission Status: Launch incomplete - service was rescheduled

Celebrate a loved one's life and dreams of spaceflight aboard a Celestis Earth Rise Service mission.

The Earth Rise Service includes:

  • Launch to space and Flight Capsule return to Earth at Spaceport America, New Mexico. 
  • Invitation to witness the launch from a reserved location - experience the speed, roar, and grandeur of this ultimate memorial.
  • Participation in a three-day memorial event in New Mexico - the cradle of American modern rocketry. Includes a trip to view the rocket on the pad prior to launch, memorial service, and more.
  • Unable to travel to see the launch? No problem. Watch the memorial service and the launch via webcast. 
  • Return of the individually engraved Flight Capsule that carried your loved one's cremated remains or DNA sample to space and back to Earth. The returned capsule is accompanied by a Flight Certificate authenticating and recording the exact mission trajectory, verifying the capsule reached space. 
  • Performance guarantee backed by Celestis, Inc. – the pioneer and global leader in memorial spaceflight services since 1994.


Aurora Flight

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About the Aurora Flight

Aurora, the ninth Celestis Earth Rise service, will fly from Spaceport America, New Mexico. Launch will occur on board an UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL launch vehicle. Each flight capsule -- containing a symbolic portion of cremated remains or DNA sample -- will experience the elegant dance of weightlessness, and return to Earth for recovery. Celestis will then return each participant's flown flight capsule to the participant's family as a keepsake.

Aurora Flight Updates

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Earth Rise Service #9

Celestis Memorial Spaceflight: #18
Mission Name: Aurora Flight
Mission Status: Launch incomplete - service was rescheduled
Launch Location: Spaceport America, New Mexico
Launch Date: May 1, 2023
Launch Provider: Up Aerospace, Inc. / SpaceLoft-XL

Launch Experience: Spaceport America

Family members, friends, and loved ones will gather to share stories about  loved ones on board, to make new friends, and to witness – often for the first time  – the power and grandeur of a launch into space. It is an experience that will be cherished for years.


Liftoff of the Goddard Flight from Spaceport America, New Mexico (2011).

Memorial Service
Attend the Aurora memorial service, an event that brings together people from all over the world who share thoughts and remembrances of the loved ones on board.
Launch Pad Tour
Tour the mission control facility and view the rocket before the launch, for a final farewell.
Launch Day
"Three, two, one, we have liftoff!" Experience the power and emotion of liftoff as the rocket launches, carrying your loved one aboard.

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Like spirits hovering in the heavens above in the pre-dawn sky, the beautiful, shimmering, lights of the aurora beckon Celestis participants to join them in space. Launch of the Celestis Aurora Flight occurs at Spaceport America, New Mexico once the sun, which powers the aurora, rises in the east under the watchful eye of the nearby Sunspot Solar Observatory. 

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