The moon is about to become a graveyard

The moon is about to become a graveyard

The upcoming launch will mark the beginning of a new era of commercial payloads being flown to deep space destinations such as the Moon. As we get further into space, things are going to get weird.

On Monday, Astrobotic’s long-awaited lunar lander will lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying on board… Government and commercial payloads to the moon. The lander is packed with a bunch of scientific instruments from NASA, a swarm of tiny robots from Mexico, and even physical Bitcoin, but perhaps the most unusual payloads are the cremated remains and DNA of more than 200 people who were sent overseas by their loved ones to attend a ceremony. The eulogy is out of this world.

Two different companies Heavenly and Elysium Space, launching commemorative space missions aboard Peregrine. This includes the DNA of legendary science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, as well as the cremated remains of the science fiction creator’s ashes. Star Trekand Gene Roddenberry and several cast members, including Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura. The task will also be endearing Includes A long time ago Star Trek Fan Gloria Nolan, a mother of eight from Vancouver who died 12 years ago, and her family wanted to honor her by including her remains on the plane. Also on board the flight will be hair containing DNA samples believed to be from George Washington, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

The Peregrine lunar lander is integrated with ULA’s Vulcan Centaur.
picture: Astrobotic

The price for a lunar burial starts at $12,500 for Celestis, while Elysium Space’s lunar memorial service costs $11,950. Elysium is a newcomer to the field of space memorials, while Celestis has transported human remains to suborbital altitudes 13 times before. However, this time, the company hopes that its services will reach beyond previous levels.

Companies only package a token portion of people’s cremated remains just in case things go wrong like they did with Celestis in May 2023 when A small suborbital rocket exploded seconds after liftoff While on the company’s Aurora flight mission.

Peregrine will launch atop the United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket, hoping to become the first commercial lander to land on the moon (since it sticks with a planned February landing) as part of a NASA-funded initiative. NASA Commercial lunar payload services The CLPS program, part of the Artemis program, aims to help private companies deliver things to the moon.

This kind of commercial access to deep space means increased ability to indulge in the type of payloads we can send there. Celestis and Elysium services are designed to help friends and family honor their loved ones. The Celestis Enterprise mission will send its commemorative payload to a solar orbit 150 million to 300 million miles into deep space beyond the orbit of Mars, while the second commemorative payload, Tranquility, will travel all the way to the Moon aboard the Peregrine lander. Star Trek The capsules are part of the Enterprise flight and will not land on the Moon.) Elysium Space also wants to put its payload on the Moon using a lunar lander. A full list of Tranquil Journey participants can be found here; Among the names Marietta Westa pioneering geologist who died in 1998, and IndicaEmotional support dog.

This may be a poignant tribute to some, but at least one group has expressed concerns about what it sees as recklessness: Navajo Chief Pou Negrin, who has asked NASA and the U.S. Department of Transportation to postpone the launch. Nygren noted that the moon is sacred to many indigenous cultures, so leaving human remains on it “is tantamount to desecration,” Arizona Public Radio first reported. mentioned.

NASA said it is considering the request, but as the moon becomes more available for commercial landings, it may be increasingly difficult to control what happens there. Bitcoin is a little more offensive IMO.

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