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Celestis Memorial Space Flight

In 1997, the Florida-based Celestis company launched the first post-cremation memorial space flight. Fittingly, this involved shooting the ashes of LSD advocate Timothy Leary and "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry into the cosmos.

According to its website, "The remains are placed in a specially designed, individual flight module or capsule… They are then integrated into the Celestis spacecraft, which is attached to the rocket and launched into space." Services range from $995 for a simple flight and return to earth, and $12,500 for an orbit around the moon.