Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy To Send Cremated Remains Of 152 Individuals To Space

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy To Send Cremated Remains Of 152 Individuals To Space

However, the STP-2 mission is the first of its kind, transporting multiple satellites at the same time, which SpaceX never tried before.

Having made a lot of waves previous year, Elon Musk's SpaceX is about to launch its mammoth Falcon Heavy rocket for the third time on 24 June 2019. All three stage of the rocket successfully returned to Earth.

This Monday's Falcon Heavy launch, dubbed Mission STP-2, will broadcast live on SpaceX's Youtube channel. Eastern Time (8:30 p.m. PT) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon Heavy is now the most economical method to get those items into space.

The remains of 152 people will be blasted into orbit next week on board Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy.

Also on board for the STP-2 mission: small portions of the cremated remains of 152 space enthusiasts being sent into orbit by their families through Celestis Memorial Spaceflights, a company that provides launch opportunities for clients who opt for burials in space and what the firm's website describes as "a uniquely compelling memorial experience".

The main objective of the launch, which happens at 24 June 11.30 pm ET (10.00 am IST next day) is to put into space 24 satellites which have been assembled Department of Defense, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several universities.

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The explosive jolts will become an integral factor soon after launch, when the two side boosters separate.

Besides being such a big rocket at liftoff, the launch will feature another unique sight - two boosters flying back to pads at Cape Canaveral.

The launch, deployment, and different maneuvers will take six hours and contain four higher stage burns. It will ferry a couple dozen satellites into orbit, including Lightsail 2, a solar-sail test mission promoted by science star Bill Nye.

"With this Deep Space Atomic Clock, we can now built GPS-like navigation systems at other planets and moons, so imagine if astronauts on the moon had GPS", said Jill Seubert, interplanetary investigator at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA planned to provide television coverage of both missions on its satellite TV network.

The STP-2 mission will also propel 24 satellites into orbit around Earth.

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