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
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
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