Memorial Spaceflights

Luna 01 Flight

The first Celestis Luna memorial spaceflight, The Luna 01 Flight, was launched into space at 9:28 pm EST January 6, 1998 (2:28 am GMT January 7, 1998)!

About The Luna 01 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 Luna 01 Flight.

Testimonials

Hear first hand impressions from Celestis launch guests.

Moon image from the Apollo mission

About the Luna 01 Flight

Celestis provided its first Luna Service mission by helping friends of noted planetary geologist Dr. Eugene Shoemaker include a symbolic portion of Dr. Shoemaker's cremated remains on the NASA Lunar Prospector mission launched January 6, 1998 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The spacecraft impacted the lunar surface inside a permanently shadowed crater near the south lunar pole, creating a permanent monument to Dr. Shoemaker. Impact occurred at 4:52 a.m. CDT (9:52 a.m. GMT), July 31, 1999.

Lunar Prospector was one of the most productive, least expensive space missions. Part of NASA's Discovery Program, Lunar Prospector served as a follow-on to the successful Clementine mission of 1994. In 1994, the Clementine spacecraft orbiting the Moon made observations that indicated the presence of water ice on the lunar surface. On March 5, 1998, it was announced that Lunar Prospector had also found evidence suggesting the presence of water ice at both lunar poles.

The presence of water ice on the Moon would facilitate future attempts at lunar colonization. How fitting that Dr. Eugene Shoemaker participated in one last experiment -- an experiment that could benefit our future in space.

Luna Service #1

Celestis Memorial Spaceflight: #2
Mission Name: Luna 01 Flight
Mission Status: Launched Successfully
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida
Launch Date: 1998-01-06

Launch Experience: Lunar Prospector

Lunar Prospector was one of the most productive, least expensive space missions. Part of NASA's Discovery Program, Lunar Prospector served as a follow-on to the successful Clementine mission of 1994. In 1994, the Clementine spacecraft orbiting the Moon made observations that indicated the presence of water ice on the lunar surface. On March 5, 1998, it was announced that Lunar Prospector had also found evidence suggesting the presence of water ice at both lunar poles.

The presence of water ice on the Moon would facilitate future attempts at lunar colonization. How fitting that Dr. Eugene Shoemaker participated in one last experiment -- an experiment that could benefit our future in space.

Memorial Service
"...we will always look to the sky when we miss you. Please rest in peace in your final resting place. And keep your eyes on us." Family and friends visit the rocket on the launch pad for a final farewell.
Mission Control Visit
Launch Day
Earth image aboard the Tribute Flight.
"It will take off very quick. It will be a delay you will see the light come on, everybody will cheer, then you hear the roar of the motor as it flies." Jerry Larson, UP Aerospace CEO.

Honored Participants

ABOARD THE LUNA 01 FLIGHT

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Luna 01 Flight Mission Logo

The Luna 01 Flight – As with the Founders Flight, Celestis did not produce a unique mission logo for this mission.  The NASA developed logo features the Lunar Prospector spacecraft, highlighting the program manager role played by the NASA Ames Research Center for this Discovery class mission.

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