NASA To Send the Remains of Dead US Presidents Into Space, But Why?

Andrei Tapalaga
George Washington, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagen and John F. Kennedy embarked to their first and final space tripPhoto byHistory of Yesterday

Four past US presidents' DNA will be launched into deep space as part of a symbolic space burial journey with a number of other high-flying people, with a portion of their remains put in special capsules and transported into solar orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket.

Celestis, a cemetery company that specializes in sending DNA into deep space to join a future human colony, will carry out the gesture as part of a DNA migration technique similar to how animals first migrated over the world.

According to Celestis, the DNA from these voyages will be utilized to store data that tells the story of America and humanity, which future civilizations that settle in deep space could use as biological history books. We don't know how these civilizations would discover the floating DNA libraries in space, but that's beside the point.

Carl Sagan from Cosmos says that the DNA of the four presidents is technically going back from where it came from, as we are made of starstuff.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Celestis expects that future advancements may be able to describe a person's entire being from just their DNA, making small portions of it a critical information storage mechanism for preserving humanity. Celestial has given no accurate date, but it is expected that the DNA of the residence will be launched later on this year.

"Celestis Memorial Spaceflights’ Enterprise Flight, due to launch in 2023,  will establish a solar orbit 150 to 300 million miles in deep space, becoming the world’s first true outpost of humanity in the cosmos with its memorial spaceflights, Celestis DNA®, and Celestis MindFiles®. The presence of four iconic U.S. presidents on its manifest is only the beginning of what will be a journey for the ages."

The other idea is the possibility of some other entity or life source discovering this DNA in the possibility of proving to it or them at least that the space is not empty.

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