A US-based company is offering aging Japanese nationals an option to be buried with the stars.
The burial option offered by Elysium Space Inc will send a portion of a person’s cremated remains in a capsule that will circle the earth for several months, a bargain at $1,990 compared to a traditional Buddhist ceremony.
The concept is compared to a shooting star, as the capsule and the ashes they contain disintegrate upon entering the earth’s atmosphere, a company statement said.
About one gram of a person’s remains are placed into an individual “space-grade” aluminum container and missions will carry between 100 to 400 individual capsules, says Benjamin Joffe, a spokesman for the company.
Relatives and friends can also track the spacecraft’s trajectory on a mobile phone app.
In addition to turning a loved one into a celestial body, space burials are relatively cheaper than a traditional Buddhist ceremony.
Renting a burial plot and buying a tomb stone in Tokyo costs as much as 2.7 million yen ($27,400), according to Japan Institute of Life Insurance.
Elysium Space began taking space burial reservations in the US in August and is now targeting Japan’s rapidly aging population.
By: Maesie Bertumen