In 1998, some of the ashes of space guru Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, discoverer of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in 1994, were carried by NASA’s Lunar Prospector as it went to map the moon.
When the Prospector was done, it crashed on the moon on July 31, 1999, leaving the scientist’s ashes there, and making him the first person to be sent to his final rest on the moon.
A couple of other space programs have also put cremated remains in space.
The creator of “Star Trek,” Gene Roddenberry, for example, was one of many space enthusiasts who paid to have his remains sent into orbit on Spain’s Pegasus rocket in 1997.
If you can find a service, and there are a few out there, it will cost you approximately $5,000 to send a lipstick-sized vial of your ashes inscribed with your name and a message into orbit.
One drawback: They will stay in orbit for only 10 years at most.
After that, your remains will plummet back to Earth, burning up a little of the ozone layer as they reenter the atmosphere.
That is, if they don’t collide with a satellite or another piece of space junk first.