October 1, 2014
HOUSTON (AP) - Memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones will start this fall by a Houston company that already sends human remains out of this world.
Celestis Inc. on Wednesday announced Celestis Pets. Rockets carrying cremated remains of dogs and cats are touted as a way for owners to "celebrate the life of their pet."
Spokeswoman Pazia Schonfeld says the cost will be about the same as for human remains sent into space and returned, starting at about $995.
Celestis Pets is working with a California company, Into the Sunset Pet Transition Center of San Diego, for the doggie and kitty cremations.
Celestis for years has offered a rocket service that takes partial human remains into space and brings them back, including ashes of "Star Trek" TV show creator Gene Roddenberry.
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