News

Fly Fido to the moon in space send-off for deceased pets

PETS IN SPACE: The pet services, such as one dubbed Earth Rise, start at $995 and include having the pet’s remains into flown into space on a commercial flight and returned to the owner. Photo: clipart.com

By Amanda Orr

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Texas company is offering a unique send off for beloved pets by placing a portion of their cremated remains in a capsule and blasting them off into space.

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 pet’s 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 pet’s 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 said.

“Our pet service flights are an idea that’s been a long time coming,” Celestis Chief Executive Charles Chafer said.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Steph Curry defeats LeBron James again

Fresh
currylebron

Curry's jersey is the top seller for the first time.

in National, World

Officials warn of potential July 4th terror attacks

Fresh
24-overlay1

Federal authorities are stepping up security and asking Americans to be vigilant ahead of the holiday weekend.

in Local

State police step up road patrols for holiday weekend

Fresh
crime2

Officials with the New York State Police say they usually issue over 10,000 tickets during July 4th celebrations.

in National

Home prices climbing steadily amid stronger demand

Fresh
realestate

The average purchase price rose by 4.9 percent, according to the latest figures.

in Sports

Ex-NFL player tackles overgrown field for kids

Fresh
15-overlay2

Reggie McKenzie has been hosting a youth football camp for more than 40 years but when his namesake field near Detroit became neglected, McKenzie did what he's always done: he tackled it.