SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The mother of Steven Jenks, a US Army Infantry Soldier from Seymour, Tennessee, who was deployed in Iraq, would sign her letters: "No matter how lonely you feel and how far you are, always look at the Moon and know I am with you. I love you to the Moon and back. Love, Mom." After she passed away from stage 4 lung cancer, he lost that connection, but this is about to change.
The San Francisco-based company Elysium Space is announcing today a contract with Astrobotic Technology, a Pittsburgh-based lunar logistics company that delivers payloads to the Moon, and is making Lunar Memorial services a reality for humanity.
Families now have the historic opportunity to commemorate their departed loved ones every night through the everlasting splendor and soft illumination of the Earth's closest companion: the Moon.
"From the first day we started Elysium Space and imagined awe-inspiring memorials, we thought that the Moon could create the quintessential commemoration. Offering this exceptional tribute within the reach of most families is an important part of this new chapter opening for our civilization," said Thomas Civeit, founder and CEO of Elysium Space and award-winning NASA engineer who worked for a decade on multiple space missions.
Early reservations for the Lunar Memorial service open at $9,950 for the first 50 participants, while later reservations will be offered at the regular rate of $11,950. Participants will provide a symbolic portion of remains to be placed into personalized capsules. The capsules will then be delivered to the lunar surface by Astrobotic's Griffin lander.
"Astrobotic's mission is to make the Moon accessible to the world. Enabling individuals, like Steven Jenks, who has a meaningful and personal connection to the Moon, is bringing the Moon closer to everyone," said John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic Technology. "It's a privilege to provide an experience that will allow families to commemorate and honor loved ones by directly connecting them with the Moon in the night sky."
About the participation of his mother, Steven Jenks wrote, "I will know that she is looking down on my family and maybe they won't feel so alone." Regardless where people may be in the world, everyone will soon look up to the Moon and poetically commune with their loved ones who are eternally watching over them.
ABOUT ELYSIUM SPACE
Elysium Space is a unique team of space and funeral experts, combining experience from major NASA space missions and deep-rooted funeral profession knowledge. The company is dedicated to offer everlasting celestial services to the world and celebrate the significance of lives that have been lived with dignity and honor. Elysium Space was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit http://elysiumspace.com.
SOURCE Elysium Space