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US NewsSpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit

14:31  25 june  2019
14:31  25 june  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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SpaceX is about to launch 152 dead people 's remains into orbit aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket. SpaceX has launched cremains into orbit before, but the company doesn't work directly with families to memorialize loved ones by flying their ashes into space .

SpaceX may be yet to launch any living human astronauts into space , but the remains of over 150 people are going to get the ride of Among the various satellites and instruments being carried into orbit by SpaceX this evening is a collection of “spaceflight memorials” by a company called Celestis.

SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit © Reuters The Falcon Heavy lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in the early hours of Tuesday morning SpaceX has launched its Falcon Heavy rocket in one of its most challenging missions, and is carrying a variety of cargo from 24 satellites to human remains.

Lifting off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the mission - dubbed the STP-2 for Space Test Program - saw spots reserved for material from a multitude of companies.

These included a deep space atomic clock and rocket fuel test-bed from NASA, and a solar sail from the Planetary Society and Celestis Inc.

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The mission is called Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) and it is set to propel the ashes of 152 dead people into orbit . Related: the best moments from SPACEX launches in 17 spectacular images. Founded back in 1994, the firm has flown cremated remains on 15

SpaceX may be yet to launch any living human astronauts into space , but the remains of over 150 people In this case, the company bought space aboard the Falcon Heavy and will be carrying out the wishes of many of its clients at once, sending the cremated remains of 152 people into Earth orbit .

SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit
SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit

The ashes of 152 people including Bill Pogue, an astronaut who worked aboard NASA's first space station, secured a space aboard the hefty rocket.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Air Force Research Laboratory also reserved spots.

It will take several hours to release all 24 satellites aboard the rocket as they need to be placed into three different orbits - a task that requires multiple firings from upper-stage engines.

SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit © Reuters The mission marks the third for the recycled rocket, but the first for the US Department of Defence

The mission, which is said to be one of the most difficult for SpaceX, is the third for the Falcon Heavy, but is the first ordered by the US Department of Defence.

It is hoping to certify the recycled rocket and its boosters for further military-ordered launches.

Both side boosters on the Falcon successfully landed a few minutes after lift-off on Tuesday, but the new core booster missed its landing platform.

SpaceX launches ashes of 152 people into orbit © Other Astronaut Bill Pogue's ashes were on board the mission

SpaceX said this missed landing was not unexpected due to the difficulty of the mission.

The launch of NASA's atomic clock is part of a demonstration leading to the planned creation of a self-navigating spacecraft, while its rocket fuel test-bed is an experiment to find an environmentally friendly alternative.

The solar sail is part of an attempt to launch the first successful orbiting spacecraft that operates by converting energy from the sun.

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