In Monday's issue of Space.com, I read an article about having one's ashes taken into space. http://www.space.com/23433-elysium-space-burial-human-ashes.html?cmpid=555127
I knew Gene Roddenberry and his wife (actress Majel Barrett) had their ashes flown into space. So did Scotty (actor James Doohan) and astronaut Gordon Cooper. Until I read the article I didn't know how they did it. The article explains what's involved. It costs just less than $2,000 for a small--very small--portion of one's ashes to make the trip.
So it got me wondering...would I do it?
I've been fascinated by space travel ever since Alan Shepard's historical flight. I knew all the names of the first astronauts. I watched every televised space shot. I still have posters from NASA on the first flights. I read science fiction and science fiction romance and, as you probably know, I write sci-fi romance. To say I'm enamored by space travel is an understatement.
By the time passenger service into space becomes a reality, I probably will be too old to go or, more likely, won't be available to afford it. But now there's a way I could finally go into space. Okay, my ashes would. Would I even know? I do believe in an afterlife so I figure if I did somehow manage to convince my family that I wanted to be buried that way, I could look down and "see" my final trip into the vast beyond.
Would I do it? I'd definitely consider it. How about you?