DNA from 4 American presidents will launch to deep space

DNA from four former United States presidents will be going to space.

Texas-based space burial company Celestis will honor George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan by adding their symbolic remains to the aerospace firm’s upcoming deep space remembrance Enterprise Flight, along with several deceased “Star Trek” legends and science fiction superstars. The flight was announced in a Celestis blog post (opens in new tab) on Feb. 20, President’s Day

In addition to the cremated remains and DNA samples of Nichelle Nichols, DeForest Kelley, “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, his wife Majel Barrett Roddenberry, “Star Trek” engineer James “Scotty” Doohan and “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” VFX master Douglas Trumbull and several others, these presidential offerings will launch sometime this year in special capsules inside a United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket.

Related: ‘Star Trek’ memorial flight adds 2 more names to its Enterprise mission

Memorial capsules headed for deep space. (Image credit: Celestis Inc.)

Here are details from Celestis’ blog post:

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