Wanna Get Buried in Space? The State of Virginia Might Pay For You to Do It

December 12, 2011
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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. The total deduction could not exceed $8,000.

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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Space burials, in which small samples of the cremated remains of people are sent into orbit, began in 1997. Among those whose remains were sent to space: “Star Trek” actor James Doohan and LSD guru Timothy Leary.

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