When it's time to shuffle off your mortal coil and find a place to spend eternity, there are plenty of futurific ways to do it — from screwdriver-like vertical burial, to cryogenic preservation, to the Best of What's New winner the Cryomator. Although it's not exactly new, there's just something extra special about the notion of being shot into space, returning to the star stuff from whence you came. Now the Commonwealth of Virginia would like to help you achieve this goal.
Delegate Terry Kilgore is sponsoring a bill in the Virginia Legislature to provide tax incentives for people arranging to send their ashes into space. The bill would provide up to $8,000 in tax credits for booking passage aboard a commercial spaceflight, only if that spaceflight originates at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island. The flights could be for Earth or lunar orbit.
Specifically, the bill would provide up to $2,500 in income tax deductions per year, not to exceed $8,000 total, for commercial space launch services. It would take effect Jan. 1, 2013 and it's only applicable to people residing in Virginia while still alive. It sunsets in 2021, and the goal is to foster private space industry growth at Wallops, according to Kilgore. Wallops (and Spaceport America in New Mexico) could see lots more action in the wake of the space shuttle's retirement. The Virginia Legislature will debate the bill next year, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
A few companies offer space burial, which can be pretty expensive depending on the distance you want your remains to travel. So this bill will make it easier for rich people to get into the literal heavens.
[via LA Times]
yeah, the ashes arent monitored right?... so the argument "our spacecraft went where no any other man made object has been before" isnt valid anymore...^^
bored? lets go mine the stars... ^^
Fantastic idea. I have wanted my remains shot off into space "returning to the star stuff from whence I came" for years now... I had no idea it was an actual option!
That's how I want my funeral to end. At a launch pad viewing site, with Yoda's theme from The Empire Strikes Back playing. That, Leia's Theme from A New Hope, or Across the Stars from Attack of the Clones. Taps always works too.
what i want to happen is to be in one of the rockets like the one in the picture, and at takeoff it gets about ten feet off the ground, and then just falls back down and explodes. Going out with a bang!
What % of you needs to go (i.e. can you be cremated first) in order to qualify for the Tax Break?
whoops! I meant, "do you have to be cremated"!
lol. i want them to shoot me towards the sun. or the moon. that way my ashes will be one with the solar system.
The people of the world only divide into two kinds, One sort with brains who hold no religion, The other with religion and no brain.
- Abu-al-Ala al-Marri
I've a bridge in Manhattan for sale. Any takers?
Great! Another tax break for the 1%!!!
I'll buy your bridge good sir! Deliver it to me post-haste.
on a sidenote:
Wouldn't this be so much easier if only we had orbital space elevators? All we need to do is to launch a geosynchronous satellite attached to a very long string anchored to someone's left toe. It would be glorious!