Wednesday, January 28, 2009

AMAZING TALES of CREMATION: Roddenberrys sent into deep space

For a number of years now, it's been possible, very expensive but possible, to send a tiny portion of a loved one's cremated remains into a low earth orbit where they would become a temporary satellite, and eventually re-enter the earth's atmosphere. This is what was done with portions of Psychedelic Icon, Tim Leary and Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry. The Roddenberry family has once again demonstrated their foresight by saving an additional portion of his ashes, for now that his wife, actress Majel Barret Roddenberry has died, portions of both Roddenberrys will one day be shot into a deep space mission, never to return to Earth's veil of sorrows and gravitational pull.
Majel Barret Roddenberry in an early Star Trek Role
Celestis, Inc., a provider of memorial spaceflights, announced that it will launch the remains of late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife, actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry – “The First Lady of Star Trek” – on a mission into deep space, thus fulfilling Majel Roddenberry’s dream of journeying through space with her husband and creative partner. Majel Roddenberry passed away December 18, 2008.

She began her acting career in the 1950's with roles in "Leave it to Beaver," "Bonanza" and "The Lucy Show;" but it was her numerous roles in the legendary Star Trek franchise that fans came to know her. Roddenberry starred in almost every Star Trek television and film entity and became an iconic figure within the fan community. Her roles included Nurse Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series, Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the iconic voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every incarnation of the series, including the upcoming J.J. Abrams' Star Trek remake. Roddenberry helped Gene expand the Star Trek universe and was an integral part of continuing the legacy after his death.

In 1997, Majel engaged Celestis Inc. to fly a portion of Gene Roddenberry’s remains in a low level earth orbit. The firm has now been engaged to transport portions of both Roddenberrrys into deep space aboard their Voyager Memorial Spaceflight Service. The public is invited to submit messages of tribute honoring Majel and Gene Roddenberry that will fly with the Roddenberry’s on their journey into deep space.

Prices for memorial space flights range from $695 for one gram of cremated remains in a low orbit, $2495 for one gram in a 10-20 year orbit, $9995 for one gram sent to the moon (scheduled for 2010), $12,500 for one gram sent into deep space (scheduled for 2012). Each level has options for larger amounts and the remains of couples. A journey like the the Roddenberry's with 7 grams each of two people is priced at $37,500. for more info, visit

1 comment:

The Undertaker said...

If a family is interested in pursuing the Celestis option, I can provide information and guidance. I am available to consult for these services through Celestis in the southeast region, I am located in Georgia.

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