SpaceX Falcon Heavy will launch TONIGHT with the remains of deceased NASA employees and basketball All-Stars on board
- The reusable SpaceX Falcon Heavy will be launched for the third time tonight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
- The rocket carries a load of 24 different satellites that will transport it in orbit around the earth
- It also bears the remains of 152 people whose loved ones have paid for their ashes to send into space
- Launched in 1994, Celestis space company has had many famous customers, including James Doohan from Star Trek
The remains of 152 people are flying in orbit around the space, aboard Elon Musk & # 39; s SpaceX Falcon Heavy, scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, tonight.
The families of the deceased have the unique broadcast organized by Celestis DNA, a company that works to place human remains aboard various spacecraft.
Each of the families paid more than $ 5,000 (£ 3,928) in 2018 to place up to seven grams of their beloved's ash on a spacecraft.
The ashes of the deceased are packed in metal storage capsules and placed on board Falcon Heavy & # 39; s cargo satellites before tonight's launch.
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Elon Musk & # 39; s SpaceX Falcon Heavy is planning to launch tonight with the remains of 152 people on board. The reusable spacecraft has been launched twice before and has been pictured during an earlier launch
Celestis DNA has been using its space funeral service since 1994 and has helped store animal and pet remains on 15 different spacecraft.
Each of the metal capsules containing the remains has a sentimental message etched in the side – similar to the inscriptions on tombstones.
Among these etchings are sentences including & # 39; Reach for the stars! & # 39; and & # 39; Space Truckin & # 39; Forever & # 39 ;, reported Business insider.
Star Trek actor James Doohan – who died in 2005 – released some of his remains into space with the help of Celestis DNA in 2008.
Several famous astronauts and scientists have also sent their ashes into space.
While the unique farewell was once reserved for the rich and famous, more affordable prices in recent years, this has meant that space lovers from all walks of life can now have their axes sent into orbit.
Today's launch is the & # 39; Heritage Flight & # 39; with the remains aboard the General Atomics Orbital Test Bed, one of the 24 satellites that Falcon Heavy transports.
Among the deceased who are commemorated by the SpaceX flight are NASA astronaut Bill Pogue and dual all-star Nippon Pro Baseball league player Masaru Tomita.
Biographies of more than 120 of the deceased travelers can be read on the Celestis website.
The ashes of the deceased are packed in metal storage capsules and placed on one of the Falcon Heavy satellites
Tonight's launch marks the third time that the partially reusable SpaceX Falcon Heavy has hit the runway and the first rocket take-off at night.
In February 2018, the rocket sent a Tesla Roadster orbit around the sun.
The second mission successfully orbited the Arabsat 6A communications satellite in April 2019.
Monday's launch will take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (photo)
SpaceX is owned by Elon Musk, who sent a Tesla Roadster in orbit around the Falcon Heavy in 2018
HOW WILL THE SPACEX FALCON HEAVY MEASURE UP?
Height: 70 meters (229.6 feet)
Reusable cores: Three
Load capacity to low orbit around the earth: 63,800 kg (140,660 lb)
Load capacity to Mars: 16.800 kg (37.040 lb)
Total width: 12.2 m (39.9 ft)
Mass: 1,420,788 kg (3,125,735 lb)
Total thrust when taking off: 22,819 kilonewtons (5.13 million pounds)
When it launches, Falcon Heavy (left) will be the most powerful rocket in the world, capable of carrying payloads that are much greater than even the Apollo 11 space shuttle (second from left)
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