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Celestis Destinations

We’ll help you choose your destination in space so that you will be among the stars eternally! There are four destinations available, starting at $2,495 with flexible payment plans.

“I dream of someday being among the stars and Celestis will make that dream come true.” – Lisa G.

Earth Rise

Launch to Space & Return to Earth

Earth Orbit

Launch into Earth’s Orbit

Luna

Launch to the Surface of the Moon

Voyager

Launch into Deep Space

Upcoming Missions

Ready to launch? Here are the current mission launches we have coming up that are still open for reservation.

Deep Space Burial Service

Perseverance Flight

Spaceflight #25
Vandenberg Space Force, CA
Launch Date: June 2025
Experience: Earth Rise

Luna Moon Burial Service

Destiny Flight

Spaceflight #22
Location TBD
Launch Date: Q1 2026
Experience: Luna

Deep Space Burial Service

Infinite Flight

Spaceflight #27
Location TBD
Launch Date: September 2024
Experience: Voyager

Earth Orbit Memorial Service

Serenity Flight

Spaceflight #26
Vandenberg Space Force, CA
Launch Date: February 2025
Experience: Earth Orbit

Earth Rise

The Perseverance Flight

Celestis offers an Earth Rise Service where cremated remains and DNA samples are launched into space and then returned as Flown Keepsakes. Launched at dawn from a historic rocketry site, the spacecraft soars over 100 km high, briefly experiencing weightlessness amidst the stars before descending back to Earth, marked by sonic booms as it re-enters the atmosphere over California.

A helicopter retrieves the capsules, which are then returned to families as a keepsake along with a certificate detailing the mission’s success. To commemorate this unique journey, a professional video capturing the event is also provided, celebrating the moment your loved one’s memory touched the sky and returned home.

Luna

The Destiny Flight

Inaugurated in 1998 by NASA’s selection of Celestis to assist in honoring legendary scientist Dr. Eugene Shoemaker aboard the Lunar Prospector spacecraft, the Luna Service sends Flight Capsules of cremated remains or DNA samples to Earth’s moon.

What could be more compelling than looking up in the night sky at our glowing neighbor, knowing your loved one has completed a journey accomplished by so few? The Celestis spacecraft is a permanent lunar memorial for adventurous souls.

Celestis Luna missions also permit – for the first time in human history – off-Earth storage for DNA and digital data archives. All missions are conducted in strict adherence to international and national law, are easy to arrange, and provide a performance guarantee.

Voyager

The Infinite Flight

As humans continue to reach out to explore and, eventually, to settle the solar system and beyond, it is entirely appropriate that our celebrations, rituals, and memorials accompany us.

For many, the notion of a final voyage in space – permanently traversing the cosmos – offers the most appropriate memorial for a life devoted to exploration, adventure, and cosmic awareness.

The Celestis Voyager Service launches a symbolic portion of cremated remains or a DNA sample into deep space, leaving the Earth-Moon system on an infinite journey.

Earth Rise Memorial Service

Earth Orbit

The Serenity Flight

Leaving the bonds of Earth to traverse the sky, experiencing the cosmic rhythms of sunrise and sunset every 90 minutes, transmitting a precise location in space to friends and loved ones below, the Celestis Earth Orbit service spacecraft provides a wonderful tribute.

Family and friends gather at the launch site joining space experts and astronauts for a three-day celebration of life, exploration, and remembrance. On launch day they witness the liftoff of a powerful rocket with the Celestis spacecraft and its precious payload aboard. 

Once in orbit the spacecraft continues on its mission for months or years (mission dependent), eventually re-entering and burning up in entirety, blazing like a shooting star in final tribute.  Celestis Earth Orbit Service missions have always been respectfully engineered to avoid creating orbital debris.

“The stars don’t look bigger, but
they do look brighter.”

– Sally Ride

Discover a Uniquely Compelling Experience

Your Journey To Space

Celestis Memorial

Since 1994, Celestis Memorial Spaceflights has made the dream of spaceflight a reality by launching a symbolic portion of cremated remains into Near-Space, Earth Orbit, to the Lunar Surface, or even beyond. You or your loved one will venture into space as part of a real space mission, riding alongside a commercial or scientific satellite.

It’s an ecological choice that is environmentally benign, which means it does not harm our earth. It’s easy to arrange and surprisingly affordable, especially compared to traditional burials involving embalming, caskets, plots, and expensive undertakings. All of Celestis’ Memorial Space Flights are authorized by US Government Regulations and comply with International Law.

Celestis DNA

By selecting the Celestis DNA service, you may choose a Celestis Memorial Spaceflight for yourself or a loved one, regardless of final disposition choice. A memorial spaceflight option is no longer limited only to those choosing cremation.

Even more, the Celestis DNA service now extends affordable personal spaceflight options to the living, providing the means for all of us to make a very real journey to space and even to elect off-planet personal DNA storage. Fly as one or with family and friends on a personal voyage among the stars.

Attend the Launch Event

For those wishing to attend the launch of the mission, a multi-day service is presented by Celestis. Launch site tours, a memorial service, and VIP viewing from a dedicated location provide a uniquely compelling and fulfilling experience that’s like nothing else available on Earth.

A Legacy of Trust

For nearly three decades, Celestis has honored the lives of loved ones from more than 35 nations. People from every background and leaders in science, exploration, the aerospace industry, NASA, entertainment & film, education, and military service have placed their trust in Celestis to fulfill their goal of spaceflight. In return, Celestis provides unparalleled customer service with respect, care, and commitment. We are honored to share with you their stories.

Nichelle Nichols

Broadway actor, singer, and dancer, known for her role as Lt. Uhura in the television and film series Star Trek®

James "Scotty" Doohan

Canadian actor, known for his role as Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott (”Scotty”) in the television and film series Star Trek®

Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. (Col., USAF)

Aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and as one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury orbited the Earth aboard Faith 7

Gene & Majel Barrett Roddenberry

Screenwriter, actress, and producer of Star Trek® TV series

Douglas H. Trumbull

Legendary VFX Pioneer, Filmmaker & Director, Artist, Inventor, Storyteller, Teacher, Mentor

Phil Chapman

Mission Scientist for Apollo 14, one of six missions that landed humans on the Moon

Celestis Services Include

When you select a Celestis Spaceflight, you’ve chosen the pioneer and most experienced team ever assembled to fulfill the dream of spaceflight for yourself or a loved one. Celestis’ attention to detail, flawless execution, and performance guarantee ensures a memorial experience like no other.

Choose Destination

Launch to space a personalized flight capsule containing DNA or cremated remains with destination options of deep space or something closer to home. Select this option for yourself or a loved one, regardless of choice for final disposition.

Attend the Launch

Attend all Celestis launch events, including a launch site tour when available, astronaut dinner, memorial service, and launch viewing from a preferred location. Most events are webcast, permitting participation by friends and loved ones unable to attend.

Keepsakes

Celestis produces a custom video of the experience, provided to each participant’s family. An official Certificate of Mission Completion, specifying mission accomplishments, is also included.

Off-Planet DNA Storage

Off-Planet DNA Storage – If you choose this service, we’ll place your DNA aboard a spacecraft that embarks on a mission beyond our Earth-Moon system on an endless journey. Your DNA will travel through space for the rest of eternity.

DNA Banking Storage

Going the DNA route? The Celestis DNA™ service includes – at no extra cost – a DNA Memorial Home Banking Solution kit. In addition, DNA Memorial will provide a second DNA sample, permitting long-term DNA storage at home and off-planet! This ensures your genetic history is preserved and available for future analysis and assessment.

Performance Guarantee

The Celestis contract contains a performance guarantee offering a complimentary second mission should the first mission attempt fail to achieve success.

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About Celestis

Celestis is the only company to have successfully conducted 20 Memorial Spaceflight missions with more scheduled and the only company to be selected by NASA to honor one of its scientists. For nearly three decades, Celestis has been an iconic pioneer and global leader of the commercial space age.

A Look Back on Our Missions

Starseeker flight
Heritage Flight
Tribute Flight
New Frontier Flight

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