SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches with the remains of deceased NASA employees ...

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches with the remains of deceased NASA employees and basketball All-Stars on-board The reusable SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched for the third time from Florida's Kennedy Space Center tonight The rocket is carrying a payload of 24 different satellites which was transported up into orbit around the Earth It is also carrying the remains of 152 people whose loved ones paid for their ashes to be sent into space Launched in 1994 space burial firm Celestis has had many famous clients including Star Trek's James Doohan

By Ian Randall For Mailonline and Andrew Court For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:33 BST, 24 June 2019 | Updated: 04:39 BST, 25 June 2019

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The remains of 152 people have been launched into orbit aboard Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy, from the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. 

The families of the deceased had organised the unique send-off through Celestis DNA, a company that works to place human remains on board various spacecraft.

Each of the families paid more than $5,000 (£3,928) back in 2018 to have up to seven grams of their loved one's ashes put onto a spacecraft.

The ashes of the deceased were packed into metal storage capsules and placed on-board one of Falcon Heavy's payload of satellites ahead of tonight's launch.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched tonight with the remains of 152 people on board. The reusable spacecraft has been launched on two previous occasions, and is pictured during a previous lift-off

Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched tonight with the remains of 152 people on board. The reusable spacecraft has been launched on two previous occasions, and is pictured during a previous lift-off

Celestis DNA has been operating its space burial service since 1994 and has helped put human and pet animal remains on 15 different spacecraft. 

Each of the metal capsules containing the remains has a sentimental message etched into its side — akin to the inscriptions placed on tombstones. 

Among these etchings

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