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Space burial firm sends your ashes into orbit

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 Would you want your final resting place to be in orbit? (Elysium Space) From diamonds composed of human remains to biodegradable potted urns, Living through a technological boom-time has been nothing short of interesting for those who work in the funeral industry. 

Elysium Space is a new California-based startup that offers its customers unique memorial experiences that are literally out of this world - its main service is sending cremated remains into orbit.

Once a CubeSat containing the deceased has been launched into low orbit, his or her remains circle the planet for a few months -- or even years -- before re-entering the atmosphere and burning up in a blaze of glory.

Meanwhile, back on earth, friends and family members can track the vessel's satellite location with an iPhone App. They can also stream its launch live.

"Family and friends will follow this journey through the stars using our beautiful mobile app freely available for iOS and Android devices," reads the company's website. "Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly reenter the Earth's atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star."

 (Image: Elysium Space)

Founded this year by former NASA employee Thomas Civeit, Elysium is being recognized as one of the first affordable space burial companies in existence.

Space burials have been an option for years, but due to the great expense (up to $12,500 per gram of remains at one of the industry's leading companies) this type of service has traditionally been available to those with plenty of money to spare.

At less than $2,000 a flight, Elysium's "memorial space flights" cost less than a traditional funeral, little more than a ceremonial ash-scattering at sea, and certainly much less than the cost of a space flight for the living.

Elysium's first launch is scheduled for summer 2014 and will take place at the Canaveral Air Station and Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Would you be interested in having your ashes scattered in space? Share your thoughts below.

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