Celestis Inc, which has provided memorial space flights for human
remains since 1997, will launch its first commercial pet memorial
spaceflight in October 2014 with the remains of a blue merle
Australian shepherd, named Apollo, the company said.
The pet services, such as one dubbed Earth Rise, start at $995 and
include having the petís remains into flown into space on a
commercial flight and returned to the owner.
The space send-off options go up to $12,500, which allows the petís
remains to be launched into deep space or to visit the moon.
Memorial service are available before blast off and families can
witness most of the launches, depending on location, the company
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"Our pet service flights are an idea thatís been a long time
coming," Celestis Chief Executive Charles Chafer said.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott)
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