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Historical day in space......

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     Today was indeed a historical day in space flight, as the company SPACE X launched into space the first commercial space cargo.  Launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida early this morning, the Falcon 9 rocket carries clothing, food, and supplies to the International Space Station where there are currently 6 Astronauts and Cosmonauts living onboard.  

     In addition to the supplies, there is something else very cool that went into the great beyond.  The ash remains of 308 people are onboard, and here's how it works.  The 2nd stage of the rocket is where the remains are placed.  As the Falcon 9 pushes outside the Earth's atmosphere, the 2nd stage seperates, and as a "memorial", the remains will orbit the Earth for 1 year, then re-enter our atmosphere, desintegrating in the process.  There are some famous remains onboard, too!  The remains include Mercury Astronaut, Gordon Cooper, who died in 2004, and actor James Doohan, who played "Scotty" on Star Trek.  He died in 2005.  That's a pretty cool memorial, and it's not expensive! It's $3000 to be on a future flight.  Check out the links below.

-Hank

     Find out about the memorial info HERE

     See the Space X website HERE

     Today's Yahoo! coverage on the launch HERE

     NASA's site HERE

 

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