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"burial" in outer space

  1. Jan 20, 2015 #1
    I understand this would be extremely expensive and there probably isn't a company out there that does this but I was wondering, is it possible to have your entire body preserved and sent into outer space in a capsule and sent on the same path as voyager for example. Just out into the abyss, would be my dream send off.

    I guess the body could be chronologically frozen, put inside a radiation proof tank of some sort, I wonder how much it would cost and how long the body would stay frozen for.

    Thoughts?
     
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  3. Jan 20, 2015 #2
    *Cryogenically Frozen. Lol.
    I mean sure it is plausible to purchase a Titanium Coffin lined with lead. You wouldn't need to stay cold because the only heat you'll find in space is if you travel close enough to something that is going to destroy you once in it's range anyway. I'm not sure if any company would fund this, but if you were some sort of eccentric billionaire I suppose you could fund it yourself.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2015 #3

    Vanadium 50

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    You could probably get someone to do this for a billion or two dollars. (Comparable to the Voyager cost)
     
  5. Jan 21, 2015 #4

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    I think you're off by an order of magnitude. For instance, the cost for the launch of an Ariane 5 rocket is 200M$. You could probably find a better price on a Soyuz.
     
  6. Jan 21, 2015 #5
    and by the time I die will hopefully be in about 50 years or so, perhaps putting someone into space would be significantly cheaper then, if we discover alternative fuel sources etc.
     
  7. Jan 21, 2015 #6

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    He said deep space. You need a bigger rocket for that.

    Well, if you adopt the attitude that any answer to your question is wrong because of unspecified future developments, what is the point of this thread?
     
  8. Jan 21, 2015 #7

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    Well, if you open that door then all sorts of possibilities arise. Be optimistic! For all you know, you might be a coal-slinger on a deep space tug, get caught in a boiler explosion, and get your deep space burial for free!
     
  9. Jan 21, 2015 #8
    It's just something I thought of and wanted to discuss the possibility of it.There doesn't have to a a point behind a general thread.
     
  10. Jan 21, 2015 #9

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    There is of course a wiki on this:

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_burial

    Looks like there has been exactly one deep-space burial: some of the ashes of the discoverer of Pluto hitched a ride aboard the New Horizons probe.

    I wouldn't hold out a lot of hope for a drastic price drop. Air/space travel pretty much matured by 1970 and there has only been isolated or incremental cost effectiveness improvements since. It would take a truly revolutionary technology to change that.
     
  11. Jan 21, 2015 #10

    Evo

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    Untrue, all threads must have a point. The purpose of the Random Thoughts thread is to collect a variety of member thoughts and daily happenings.
     
  12. Jan 21, 2015 #11

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    Ask Elon.
     
  13. Jan 21, 2015 #12
    I guess it's possible, but isn't it a bit morbid though? Floating around for all eternity?

    I'd much rather get burned to ashes and be spread out on the sea,, becoming one with nature once again.
     
  14. Jan 21, 2015 #13
    It appears that by using the word "and" he is just continuing the statement about the the cost now and adding his own thoughts, of what it might cost in 50 years. Its like having a friendly conversation like this: Person A: "What was the gas price today?" Person B: "It was $2.37 last I saw" Person A: "I bet it will be even cheaper next week!" It appears to me that iDimension isn't spouting an attitude about the answer. I could be wrong though, but that's just my opinion.

    As far as my thoughts go, I think it would be possible with right technology being used and enough money to do it with.
     
  15. Jan 22, 2015 #14
    I wanna be an oak!
     
  16. Jan 22, 2015 #15
    Seems like those people want to "live on" as a tree? :confused: Perhaps all of this fancy burial stuff is just a result of people not being able to handle the fact that one day they'll be gone completely?
     
  17. Jan 22, 2015 #16

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    I would certainly support that hypothesis.
     
  18. Jan 24, 2015 #17
    Oh I'm not under any illusion that when I'm gone I'm gone but it would be nice to know that still in the universe in my body form. Floating into the abyss for thousands of years like voyager :) Also those biodegradable urns are nothing more than a gimmick... Your ashes wouldn't be absorbed by the tree, the tree would just grow on your ashes which would eventually just leech into the soil any be nothing more than mud, except with a large tree now stands where your ashes were laid.
     
  19. Jan 24, 2015 #18
    You could become the "Lucy" for some other civilizations. :)
     
  20. Jan 25, 2015 #19

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    Space is 'nature' (in the non-biological sense)!

    This idea seems to be the modern equivalent of the Pyramids, and probably equivalently nearly as expensive.

    Garth
     
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  21. Jan 25, 2015 #20
    Who cares what's going to happen to you when you die? That's it, game over. Are you worried about a legacy you'll never be able to experience or appreciate? Look at all the love we bestow upon Einstein, Newton, Gallileo, yada yada. But they never get to experience our continuing appreciation of them. Copernicus worked his whole life to bring us the heliocentric model of the universe only to see his long labored treatise of the "Revolutions" on his deathbed. What is that worth? Leave what you can to your loved ones, for sure, but don't be under any illusion that chasing the Voyager probes is going to instill upon you any sort of immortality.
     
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