Send your ashes into space and get a tax break – What?!

I understand that we are running out of spaces where we can have out mortal remains buried so that everyone can come and pay their last respects but the idea of polluting the great expanse of space with an ever increasing number of shiny urns doesn’t strike me as the greatest of ideas.

However this doesn’t seem to have fazed the government of Virginia in the least as they are floating the idea that you could get a tax deduction of up to $8,000 is you agree to ship your remains into space once you pass away.

Not only are they trying to have you believe you could save some money on your taxes but they are also pushing the idea that this would be great for the local economy, specifically as a way to boost visitors to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island.

Mourners would eat at local restaurants, stay at hotels and visit attractions, said Donna Bozza, director of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission, according to WTVR’s website.

“If you’re spending that money to go to space, you’re going to want your peeps to cheer you on,” she said.

via PhysOrg

Right now the whole space funeral business is dominated by a company called Celetis out of Huston Texas, where costs to have your remains launched into space can start at $1,000 up to $10,000 to have your remains sent to the Moon.