Memorial spaceflights: how people are paying to have their ashes blasted into space

Marnie Gill

SpaceX launched its largest rocket yet on Tuesday complete with 24 research satellites and a deep space atomic clock.

In less typical fashion, also among the cargo of Falcon Heavy's third flight were the ashes of more than 150 people, courtesy of Celestis, a memorial flight company. 

The trend of sending a loved one's ashes into space is becoming increasingly popular and among those memorialised on the flight were Bill Pogue, an astronaut who flew on Nasa's first space station, and Masaru Tomita, a two-time all star Japanese baseball player.