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"Celestis helps families honor the memory of loved ones through unique, post-cremation memorial spaceflights. Celestis, Inc. is an affiliate company of Space Services, Inc., a Houston, Texas-based aerospace company and a leader in public participation spaceflight.

"Our heritage encompasses nearly 30 years of global leadership in private sector space missions and applications including:

  • the first ever private launch into outer space (1982),
  • the first private, post-cremation memorial spaceflight (1997),
  • the first lunar burial (1999)...

"Since our first launch of 1960s icon Timothy Leary and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry in 1997... Celestis was co-founded and is led by Charles M. Chafer, an internationally recognized high technology entrepreneur and pioneer of the commercial space age. Mr. Chafer has testified before Congress on commercial space issues, participated in White House working groups on space policy, is regularly profiled in international print and visual media, and has published numerous articles in the field.

"We trace our corporate roots to two companies: Space Services Inc. of America and the Celestis Group of Melbourne, Florida. Read more about the histories of Space Services Inc. of America and Celestis. We also invite you to learn about our non-profit Celestis Foundation.[1]


Web: http://www.celestis.com

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  1. Celestis About, organizational web page, accessed July 14, 2013.