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Space Funeral Becomes Burial at Sea

Ashes of 50 deceased lost when rocket crashes

(HealthDay) - What was supposed to be a funeral in space turned into a burial at sea when a privately owned rocket carrying the ashes of 50 dead people failed to reach orbit and crashed into the Indian Ocean, The Times of India reports.

The rocket, which also carried a $50 million ozone-monitoring NASA satellite, was owned by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va. The company says it's investigating why the rocket failed.

Celestis, the company that arranged the space burial of the ashes for $5,300 per person, has asked relatives of the deceased to supply another portion of ashes for a second, later attempt.

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