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Bits of Arthur C. Clarke and 'Star Trek' celebs will sail in deep space

20 Jun 2013, 22:07 UTC
Bits of Arthur C. Clarke and 'Star Trek' celebs will sail in deep space
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When the Sunjammer solar sail is launched for a deep-space test next year, small samples from sci-fi guru Arthur C. Clarke and three pioneers of the "Star Trek" TV series will be going along for the ride. And you can send a message as well.
It's all part of a memorial spacef …

Sunjammer / CelestisAn artist's conception shows the Sunjammer solar sail deployed in orbit.By Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News

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When the Sunjammer solar sail is launched for a deep-space test next year, small samples from sci-fi guru Arthur C. Clarke and three pioneers of the "Star Trek" TV series will be going along for the ride. And you can send a message as well.It's all part of a memorial spaceflight organized by the Houston-based Celestis, which has been putting cremated remains into outer space for 16 years. Hundreds of bits of ash, weighing no more than a few grams each, have been launched on suborbital or orbital flights. The remains of planetary scientist Gene Shoemaker were sent to the moon aboard NASA's Lunar Prospector probe in the late 1990s. Celestis is getting set to send another set of remains on a short trip ...

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