Elysium Space is a San Francisco-based company that wants to send your loved ones’ remains to space — whether it be a burial upon the moon, a shooting star, or into the Milky Way. This celestial and literally out of this world burial method has found the first person to make the Moon her final resting place– the mother of Steve Jenks of Tennessee who lost her life to cancer. Jenks was an infantryman in the Iraq war, and regularly talked to his late mother, who would always sign off by saying “No matter how lonely you feel and how far you are, always look at the Moon and know I am with you. I love you to the Moon and back” — a brilliantly heartwarming and fitting memorial. While Steve Jenks’ mother will be the first to be buried on the Moon, the remains of late astronomer Clyde Tombaugh was the first to leave the Solar System upon the New Horizons space probe. It most recently flew past Pluto, taking Tombaugh’s remains into deep space.
According to the company, “We are democratizing access to space and we [see] it as the first stage to the lofty goals of asteroid mining, space-based solar power, or space tourism.” In order to send remains to space, Elysium Space has developed metallic cubes to hold portions of cremated remains. A combined effort between the the company and Astrobotic, the lunar burial service will utilize the launch services of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 vehicle. Friends and family can also follow the journey of their loved ones with a mobile app. There’s a launch date for a shooting star memorial for late this year, while there are still spots open for a lunar burial. Prices begin at $9,950. Head to Elysium Space’s website for more information.