To Star-stuff We Return: The Space Burial Quiz
by Staff
Would you like to swing on a star? Have your ashes sent up in a jar? Well, now there is a service that allows you to do exactly that. There’s just one catch: You have to be dead first. Let’s see how much you know about space burial -- past, present and future.

Into which of the following objects have people had their ashes transformed?

  • diamonds
  • bullets
  • both of the above

How high above the Earth’s surface do remains travel during a Celestis parabolic flight?

  • 62.1 miles (100 kilometers)
  • 70 miles (112.7 kilometers)
  • 112.7 miles (181.4 kilometers)

The partial remains of astronaut Gordon Cooper flew aboard the first Celestis space burial flight. With what series of missions was Cooper first associated?

  • Mercury
  • Gemini
  • Apollo

Besides human remains, what do the rockets that Celestis uses for space burials transport into space?

  • bread and wine
  • holy water and rosaries
  • commercial satellites and science experiments

Can cremated ashes be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service?

  • yes, if properly packaged and metered
  • yes, but only by the government and licensed morticians
  • no

How many companies currently offer space burials?

  • one
  • three
  • five

Which of the following is NOT a rocket provider used by Celestis for space burials?

  • Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (aka SpaceX)
  • Virgin Galactic
  • Orbital Sciences Corp.

If you opt to send your ashes into space, the coffin holding your "symbolic portion" of ashes will be roughly how big?

  • the size of a watch-battery
  • the size of a lipstick tube
  • either A or B

How much more does Celestis charge to send 7 grams of cremains on a space burial flight than to send 1 gram?

  • same cost
  • twice as much
  • seven times as much

What is the name of the Celestis package that will carry remains beyond the solar system?

  • Voyager
  • Deep Space Nine
  • Galaxy Quest

The remains of both astronaut Gordon Cooper and actor James Doohan have flown aboard which two Celestis services?

  • Earth Rise and Earth Orbit
  • Earth Rise and Luna
  • Earth Orbit and Luna

On an Earth Rise flight, about how much time does the rocket spend in space?

  • four to five seconds
  • four to five minutes
  • four to five hours

How long will your remains orbit the Earth if you sign up for the Celestis Earth Orbit service?

  • 10 to 240 years
  • 10 to 240 orbits
  • 10 to 240 minutes

When the Earth Orbit finally decays, what becomes of the craft and its contents?

  • It gradually moves to a higher orbit, eventually breaking free of Earth’s gravity.
  • It parachutes to Earth where its contents are recovered and sent to the families.
  • It vaporizes in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Thus far, how many people are known to have planted their ashes in the lunar surface?

  • one
  • two
  • 12

According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, how much will many Americans spend on a typical funeral?

  • $1,000-$4,000
  • $6,000-$10,000
  • $7,000-$15,000

The bulk of our body’s cells are replaced several times over the course of our lives. Which of the following are exceptions to this rule?

  • eyes and cerebral cortex neurons
  • pancreas and liver tissues
  • both of the above

Which author used the punny phrase "burial at c" to describe releasing remains at light speed?

  • Alastair Reynolds
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Robert Louis Stevenson

From the perspective of our chief chemical components, our bodies are only worth a few dollars; as parts, however, some estimate us to be worth how much?

  • $25 million
  • $35 million
  • $45 million

Which of the following religious observances has been held in space?

  • Communion
  • Shabbat
  • both of the above