The cremated remains of 100 people are going up into space later today, along with a gold canopic-jar depicting the bust of trailblazing astronaut Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. and a shiny sculpture that you'll be able to see from Earth.
These exotic items are part of a larger payload due to soar through the skies this afternoon, as reported by the Inquisitr earlier today. Dubbed the "Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express," this intriguing mission aims to put no less than 64 satellites into low-Earth orbit — all of them hitching a ride on the same rocket.
The satellite bundle is made up of 49 CubeSats and 15 larger microsatellites belonging to 34 government and commercial organizations from 17 different countries. The satellites are destined for sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) and will get there atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, this is the largest number of satellites to ever be deployed by a SpaceX rocket in one go. At the same time, today's launch marks the largest satellite rideshare of any U.S. rocket. The satellite delivery was organized by Seattle aerospace company Spaceflight, which bought an entire Falcon 9 rocket to make room for a large number of small payloads contracted by its long list of customers.
The "Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express" takes off at 1:32 p.m. ET. from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Here's a more detailed look at three of the unique items flying into space aboard the Falcon 9.