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?
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?
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
How many companies currently offer space burials?
Which of the following is NOT a rocket provider used by Celestis for space burials?
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (aka SpaceX)
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?
twice as much
seven times as much
What is the name of the Celestis package that will carry remains beyond the solar system?
Deep Space Nine
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?
According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, how much will many Americans spend on a typical funeral?
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?
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?
Which of the following religious observances has been held in space?