There is a company that will commemorate your pet forever more by sending their remains into orbit, deep space, or even the moon.
Pet owners will know that animals can very much become a part of the family. Sometimes they're around for decades which means they leave a gap in your life when they pass away. It can be difficult to know what to do with your pet's remains once they have passed on. You could bury them in the backyard, but what if you move house? You could have them cremated, but where do you put the urn?
What if we told you that firing your passed on pet into space was an option? Well, it is, and it has been for years. A company called Celestis offers the service, and there are a number of different options available. The cheapest is having the remains taken to microgravity. From there, they will be retrieved and returned to you. The next level is having the remains taken to orbit from which they will fall back down to Earth and burn up in the atmosphere.
That will cause a shooting star type effect, and seems rather fitting if you ask us. Steve Munt certainly thinks so as that will be the fate of his recently deceased pet, Pikachu the cat, reports Space.com. While live cats have been to space in the past, Pikachu will be the first cremated feline to do so. If he is successfully placed into orbit, then he will become the first cat to orbit the Earth, alive or dead.
The service costs a whopping $5000 (it does involve space travel after all) and Munt has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise the funds. However, he has already used his savings to book the trip so anything raised via the page will go towards replenishing those funds. Pikachu will join the two dogs that Celestis has performed the service for in the past.
If you're willing to splash out even more money, Celestis offers even more elaborate services than the one being performed for Pikachu. For around $12,000, Celestis will send your pet's ashes to the moon. Pretty cool if you have the money. Its most premium package involves sending your deceased pet into deep space. We wonder what an alien lifeform would make of that if they were to come across it.