A funeral which is out of this world! Company offering to send ashes to space
A company is offering a funeral service which is out of this world – by sending the ashes of loved ones into SPACE.
Ashes travel up on a weather balloon, with GoPro cameras attached so people can watch, before being scattered at the edge of space.
The will hang around in the atmosphere for a while before falling back to Earth as part of rain or snowfall.
The wacky idea is the brainchild of US company Mesoloft, who launch from sites in Indiana, Colorado and New Mexico.
A package starts at $2800 (£1800) and goes up to $7500 (£4800) – with the latter offering the option to launch from anywhere.
The launch and release of the ashes is at 75000ft or higher.
The company said: “When the balloon reaches proper altitude, the bottom door on the custom payload urn opens.
“This is when the vacuum of space, along with gravity itself, draws the ashes out from the insert container.
“Scientists don’t really know how long the ashes will remain aloft so we look to volcanoes as a model.
“While volcanic ash does not go nearly as high as our balloons, we do know it can take many months for the ashes to settle back to earth.
“Ashes from volcanoes can travel the planet before settling down.”