WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Virginia Luring Company That Launches Remains Into Space

Play associated audio

NASA's shuttle program is over but, in case you were worried, you can still launch your deceased loved ones into the void of space. 

The program, which is currently run out of New Mexico by a company called Celestis, encourages people to "honor the dream and memory of your departed loved one with a final journey into celestial infinity." 

Celestis sends samples of cremated remains into low earth orbit, deep space or to the moon. They don't launch out of Virginia's spaceport at Wallops Island now, but Virginia's Space Flight Authority would like to change that. 

That's one reason why the state's House of Delegates will consider a bill that would offer a $2,500 tax deduction for Virginians who launch their loved ones out of Virginia. 

"What it does for the Eastern Shore economy is provide another launch opportunity for space workers but in addition it provides opportunities for virginia's lodging and travel industry who will be celebrating their loved one going to fulfill their dream of going into space," says Jack Kennedy, with the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.

The price for the service ranges from $1000 to $13,000, Kennedy thinks it could be available in Virginia within the next two years.

NPR

'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.
NPR

Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.
WAMU 88.5

How Artificial Intelligence And Robots Will Impact Jobs And How We Think About Work

Many experts say artificial intelligence and robots will displace jobs at a faster and faster pace over the coming decade. What changes in technology could mean for how we work.

WAMU 88.5

How Artificial Intelligence And Robots Will Impact Jobs And How We Think About Work

Many experts say artificial intelligence and robots will displace jobs at a faster and faster pace over the coming decade. What changes in technology could mean for how we work.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.