A couple from Arizona will send their DNA into space aboard the Texas-based funeral services company’s Enterprise mission, as will nearly 200 other people.
This mission will carry 196 vials from the ashes of people who have died or the DNA of people who lived more than 330 million kilometers from the blue planet, Reuters reports.
Jerry and Elizabeth Pauls love to travel and consider their participation in this project their “ultimate journey”.
“It helps us think about the future, and even though we won’t be there physically, part of us will be in some way and it makes me smile a lot,” explains Ms. Paulus.
In addition to the couple, part of the journey will be the DNA of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry as well as actors who played in the series James Doohan and Nichelle Nichols.
US Presidents George Washington, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy on mission.
“It will be the only repository of our civilization far from Earth,” says Celestes chief Colby Youngblood.
The capsules are scheduled to be released at the end of the year.
“Total coffee aficionado. Travel buff. Music ninja. Bacon nerd. Beeraholic.”