You may have dreamed of being an astronaut and traveling into space as a kid. If you're a Star Trek or Star Wars fan you'd probably hoped to be experiencing intergalactic travel by now. Don't worry, Elon Musk is hoping to have your space travels launch within the next decade or so. Until then, there just may be another option out there for you. The catch is that you have to be dead.
A British company, Ascension Flights, has launched a new service that allows you to have your ashes released in space. Ascension Flights was created by two graduates from the University of Sheffield, UK, who have spent the last few years launching items into space and have successfully sent up human remains.
The service is set to launch in November 2017. Having space be your final resting place comes with a price tag of around $1,050, which doesn't sound too expensive when you consider how pricey traditional funerals and burials can be. An additional service which includes videos and photos of the ashes being launched will cost $2,470.
For this process to take place, the Ascension 1 craft, is equipped with a camera, tracking device, and release mechanism launch from a site in Yorkshire attached to a balloon filled with hydrogen gas. Once the craft reaches the outer edge of space, 15 miles up, the ashes are gently released into space.
You may never get to travel into space while you're alive, but very soon your ashes will have the chance after you've passed away.