SF company offers the final frontier as a final resting place

SAN FRANCISCO (KCRA) — A new San Francisco company, Elysium, caters to clients that want to pay tribute to loved ones by sending their ashes to outer space. Interest in sending cremated remains to the final frontier began with the launch of the space shuttle Columbia in October 1992. STS-52 was a unique mission, partially because of the payload on board. Carried alongside the other cargo on Columbia were the ashes of Gene Roddenberry, creator of the “Star Trek” TV series. The shuttle took some of Roddenberry’s ashes into space as a tribute to the late sci-fi writer and producer. Sending ashes into outer space was too expensive for most families, until Elysium was founded.
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