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Houston, we have a dearly departed pet to launch

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston company that already sends human remains out of this world will offer the same memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones.

Celestis Inc. on Wednesday announced that rockets carrying the cremated remains of dogs and cats will start this fall.

Exotic funeral arrangements for pets date back as far as the ancient Egyptians, as illustrated in this museum exhibit showing a cat mummy. Is final rest in outer space a logical next trend? (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Spokeswoman Pazia (PAH’-zee-uh) 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 pet 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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