Memorial Spaceflights
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For the Earth Orbit Service, how long will the cremated remains and DNA samples stay in Earth orbit?

The length of orbital stay depends on the final altitude of the primary satellite launched on the mission (a memorial spacecraft is a “secondary payload” aboard each mission). For example, the orbital life span for our Celestis satellites has ranged from five weeks to several hundred years. The anticipated orbital lifetime for each mission is posted on the dedicated flight webpage, after its launch.

 

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