Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Send your ashes and mementoes to space

Space related services will be the next big thing. Previously, I blogged about the Spaceport that will be built in Singapore. Spaceport Singapore will provide suborbital spaceflights for public. I believe space tourism will take many years down the road to be popular because of the high costs and risks associated with sending tourists to space but some companies have already started other space related services such as sending the ashes of the dead and mementoes to space. From Forbes:
The planned launch sometime in March of a rocket carrying the ashes of actor James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott on "Star Trek," and Mercury program astronaut Gordon Cooper will give a fitting send-off to two men who helped popularize human space exploration.

The craft also will hold the ashes of 185 others, including a telephone technician, a nurse and a college student.

Their families paid $995 to $5,300 for the flight, being conducted by one of a handful of growing businesses hoping to give a space experience to the common folk.

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