Memorial Spaceflights

Explorers Flight

About The Explorers 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 Explorers Flight.


Hear first hand impressions from Celestis launch guests.

About the Explorers Flight

The launch occurred from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Unfortunately, there was a launch anomaly that prevented the spacecraft's primary and secondary payloads (including The Explorers Flight) from reaching orbit. However, the spacecraft did reach space, flying to an altitude of 135 miiles (217 kilometers). Note that SpaceX successfully launched its next Falcon 1 the following month. See that launch video here

The overwhelming majority of Explorers Flight families elected to launch their loved one's cremated remains samples on a subsequent Celestis mission. Read the stories of Explorers Flight participants.

Earth Orbit Service #5

Mission Name: Explorers Flight
Mission Status: Launch incomplete - service was rescheduled
Launch Location: Marshall Islands
Launch Date: August 2, 2008

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Explorers Flight Mission Logo

The Explorers Flight - The mission logo’s foundation rests on the back of angel’s butterfly wings, symbolizing flight and rebirth.  The center section shows a launch over Earth’s horizon, culminating in the astronaut symbol representing participant Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper. The overall shape is reminiscent of, but not identical to, the Star Trek Fleet Insignia in honor of participant and beloved actor James “Scotty” Doohan. The 12 stars represent the nations with participants aboard this flight.

The Explorers Flight logo is from well-known designer and illustrator Eric Gignac. Eric’s portfolio also includes co-design of NASA Space Shuttle mission patches for the STS 128 and 133 missions.


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