Copyright 2018 Cable News Network / Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All rights reserved. (CNN) – Before 36-year-old James Eberling died…
(CNN) – Before 36-year-old James Eberling died in November 2016, he told the parents that he had one last wish:
He wanted his
Now Eberling’s dream is about to be realized because His and about 100 other creamy remains are expected to be launched in space on Monday in a memory satellite of the company Elysium Space.
The San Francisco-based company said families paid around 2,500 dollars to get a selection of their ashes’ loved ones placed aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Traveling to space will be the remains of military veterans and space enthusiasts, along with those whose families were “looking to celebrate a loved one in the starry heaven’s poetry,” Elysium Space said in an e-mail statement.
James Ash and the others have been packed in a 4-inch square satellite called a cubesat, Elysium Space Founder and CEO Thomas C Iveit explained to CNN. Families will be able to track the spacecraft in real time through an app that it circles around the world for about four years before falling back to earth, according to Civeit.
The launch is part of a “rideshare mission” organized by Rymdfärd. The company said it bought the rocket to accommodate customers, ranging from schools to commercial companies to public entities and international organizations.
Eberling was a missile and rocket enthusiast all his life, told mother Beverly for CNN. He was also an avid photographer and often went to Vandenberg’s Air Force Base in California to take pictures of launches.
At the time of his death, James’s family was only aware of missions that caused people’s remains in space after launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida, Beverly said in a telephone interview with CNN from Lompoc, California.
But about a month after James died, they discovered Elysium Space and told the company that they would like James Ash to be launched from Vandenberg AFB. That way, the family can be there.
A selection of Jamesas ashes is put in a small capsule engraved with their initials, JME.
Eberlings sends a message with him saying, “James, you were a grounded eagle on earth – can you now float through the sky.”
The two years since the son’s death has been “nervous” to Beverly. She had given the company some of her son’s ashes, and at one point she was skeptical. The mission would actually go on.
But Eberlings was patient and finally received an email telling us that the launch date had been set for November 19, 2018, Beverly said, two years to the day James died.
The launch has been delayed, but Beverly does not mind.
“We are happy to give him his last wish and it means a lot to my husband and myself that we can do it for him,” says Beverly. “And I think James is very happy to finally see that here will finally take place. “
It’s not the first time anyone’s earthly remains were sent to be among the stars. In 1998, a small bottle of the astronomer Eugene Shoemakeras ashes crashed into the moon as part of NASA’s Lunar Prospector mission and remains on the surface.
The box of “Star Trek” seeker James Doohan, who played “Scotty” on show, was sent to space among 320 sets of ashes on a mission similar to Elysium’s 2012. Mercury 7 astronaut Gordon Cooperas ashes were aboard on this flight too.