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Virginia May Help People Pay For Space Burials 145

PolygamousRanchKid writes "Want to be buried in space? Virginia would help pay for it under proposed legislation that aims to boost the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The bill, which the General Assembly will debate next year, would provide a Virginia income tax deduction up to $2,500 a year for such burials. Proponents hope the measure will provide revenue for the spaceport, which is expanding because NASA decided to cancel the space shuttle program. The facility, which describes itself as a 'full-service, FAA-licensed spaceport,' is located at Wallops Island on Virginia's coast."
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Virginia May Help People Pay For Space Burials

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  • by Adult film producer ( 866485 ) <van@i2pmail.org> on Sunday December 11, 2011 @01:51PM (#38336214)
    I haven't found a state or province that will allow my family to burn my body on a traditional pyre. I have written the specifications for how the funeral pyre is to be constructed and the protocols to be observed.... yet, all of it, should it be played out can only be done in secret... possibly in the deserts of california (we're working this out as I type.)
  • bad precedent (Score:4, Interesting)

    by eyenot ( 102141 ) <eyenot@hotmail.com> on Sunday December 11, 2011 @02:42PM (#38336700) Homepage

    That's like saying it's okay to junk-up our orbit with space debris. "It's just for a little while", yes, then, people will pay more and expect justice from their government when they demand to be put into a stable orbit. "You condoned it for them, so me, too!" Burial in space should necessitate being put on a tracjectory that would actual take you into OUTER space, not in orbit around the Earth.

    Okay, I would accept one stipulation: your container has to be highly magnetized. Whilst in orbit with the rest of the junk, you will have to do some sweeping up and junk collection on behalf of a grateful Earth. Then, when you re-enter, you can bring the junk in with you and you can all incinerate together.

  • Re:No please. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by justforgetme ( 1814588 ) on Sunday December 11, 2011 @02:48PM (#38336740) Homepage

    I want to be cremated by the very atmosphere that sustained me!

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