Pikachu a deceased cat going to launch into space

Former NASA employee ‘Steve Munt‘ well-loved cat ‘Pikachu‘ died in January from complications following a battle with diabetes. For a final send-off the owner plans to send some of Pikachu’s ashes into space, a strange tribute that will make Pikachu the first cremated cat to enter orbit.

Pikachu a deceased cat going to launch into spaceShuttling Pikachu into the cosmos will be pet memorial service Celestis Pets, an offshoot of the human space memorial company Celestis.

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Munt is currently raising money through a GoFundMe to help pay for Pikachu’s $5,000 ticket, but he told that he already bought the ticket for a launch “sometime in the next 18 months” anyway.

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Celestis Pets has already launched the cremated remains of two dogs into orbit, where the company says the ashes will remain until they are vaporized upon re-entering the atmosphere.

A cat’s or dog’s remains will be too small to see, but the company poetically likens the vaporization to a shooting star streaking across the sky.

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“I wanted Pikachu to be the first,” Munt told , saying he wanted to “continue his legacy as an explorer and show the world that a cat is just as worthy as a dog of a special tribute.”

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