With as little prelaunch fanfare as possible, 17-year-old Celestis Inc. achieved an important milestone of its own as the SpaceX Falcon9/Dragon mission lifted off in the Florida predawn of May 22 on the first U.S. commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. Locked in the Falcon 9 second stage was a container holding the individual cremated remains of 320 “passengers” – a including a few well-known names such as Mercury 7 astronaut L. Gordon Cooper and actor James ...
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