When someone asks for cremated remains to be spread in a meaningful place, generally it’s a beach or mountaintop. But a San Francisco startup is giving new meaning to what happens to ashes after death. Elysium Space’s goal is to help Earth’s residents find a final resting place for their loved ones—temporarily, at least.

Each family paid around $2,500 to be able to include a sample of the ashes of their loved ones on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket will then be launched into space, where it will orbit Earth for four years, then fall back down.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

Will an Asteroid Impact Earth in 2023?

It sounds like something out of a Hollywood movie, but it could become all too real during the year 2023, a new report says. According to a newspaper called Express, experts are concerned about an asteroid that could hit Earth in the year 2023. The asteroid would have a force that’s approximately 1,500 times that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs combined.

But before you start building an underground shelter, other experts are debunking the report. NASA’s website says the asteroid will, indeed, come close to Earth as much as 62 times between the years 2023 and 2117, with the pass on August 8, 2023 coming closest. But the chance of that asteroid hitting Earth on that day is only one in 370 million.

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As the world homes in on Mars as the next habitable planet, some scientists think the answer may fall outside our solar system. Two planets show promise as potential environments for human life, a team of researchers recently stated in Science Advances.

The researchers point out that Earth may have become habitable largely due to the UV light it receives. Recent breakthroughs have indicated that UV light plays a role in the building blocks required to form life. The key, they believe, is to find a planet that has similar exposure to ultraviolet light.

To find the two perfect planets, scientists looked outside Earth’s solar system to find planets that had the right exposure to UV light. But there are more factors in play than being in a habitable zone.

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