our former US presidents’ DNA will be blasted into deep space as part of a symbolic space burial journey alongside a number other high-flying figures, who will all have a portion of their remains deposited in special capsules and transported into solar orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket.
Celestis, a cemetery firm that specialises in transferring DNA into deep space to join a future human colony, will carry out the gesture as part of a DNA migration strategy similar to how animals originally migrated throughout the world.
According to Celestis, the DNA from these flights will be used as a way of data storage that will tell the story of America and mankind, which future civilizations that settle in deep space could use as biological history books. We’re not sure how these civilizations would find the floating DNA libraries in space, but that’s beside the point.
Celestis hopes that future improvements will be able to depict the totality of a person from just their DNA, making small bits of it a key information storage method for preserving mankind.
George Washington (1732-1799) was a Founding Father of the United States and the first President of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1797. He was born in Virginia and grew up in an affluent family on a plantation.
Washington was a pivotal figure in the American Revolution, leading the Continental Army to victory in the War of Independence against the British. He was respected for his military leadership, strategic abilities, and steadfast dedication to the cause of American independence.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) was an American politician and military leader. From 1953 to 1961, he was the 34th President of the United States.
Eisenhower had a lengthy and illustrious military career before becoming President. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the United States Army, commanding the Allied troops in Europe and overseeing the successful D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944. He was well-known for his strategic thinking, leadership abilities, and ability to bring together disparate groupings of individuals.
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) was a politician, actor, and the 40th President of the United States of America. From 1981 to 1989, he served as President and is largely recognised as one of the most important and popular presidents in modern American history.
Reagan had a great career as an actor in Hollywood prior to his presidency, appearing in numerous popular films and television shows. He was also politically involved, serving as Governor of California from 1967 until 1975.
John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, and he was assassinated in 1963. He was born in 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, to one of the country’s most renowned political families.
Prior to becoming President, Kennedy served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, where he established himself as a talented politician and orator. He is likely best recognised as President for his ambitious domestic and foreign policy agenda, which included the Peace Corps, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The killing of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, remains one of the most horrific incidents in American history.
Through its memorial spaceflights, Celestis DNA®, and Celestis MindFiles®, Celestis Memorial Spaceflights’ Enterprise Flight, scheduled to launch in 2023, will create a solar orbit 150 to 300 million kilometres in deep space, becoming the world’s first true outpost of humanity in the universe. The presence of four historic US presidents on its manifest is just the beginning of what will be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.