The maiden flight of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket will carry a Celestis Memorial Spaceflight payload.

This Celestis mission, known as the Enterprise Flight, will launch more than 150 flight capsules containing cremated remains (ashes), DNA samples, and messages of greetings from clients worldwide. Destination: interplanetary space.

“We’re very pleased to be fulfilling, with this mission, a promise I made to Majel Barrett Roddenberry in 1997 that one day we would fly her and husband Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry together on a deep space memorial spaceflight,” said Celestis CEO Charles Chafer.

“The mission is named Enterprise in tribute to them – and also fellow mission participant and beloved actor, James “Scotty” Doohan,” Chafer said in a statement, “as well as the many Star Trek fans who are joining them on this, the 20th Celestis Memorial Spaceflight. We look forward to launching this historic mission on a rocket named Vulcan.”

The Vulcan Centaur’s first flight – planned for later this year — will first put Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander on a trajectory for its touchdown on the Moon.

The Centaur upper stage will then continue on to deep space, entering a stable orbit around the sun, with Celestis’ Memorial Spaceflight Payload.

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