Former Hatch mayor's remains headed to space

Posted at: 06/05/2013 10:55 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The cremated remains of a late New Mexico mayor and those of a former Miss Argentina will be launched into space this month aboard a rocket flight from Spaceport America.

Officials with Celestis Memorial Spaceflights say the cremated remains of late Hatch Mayor Judd Nordyke will be aboard the same rocket carrying student payloads to space later this month. The flight will mark the company having sent more than 1,000 capsules containing remains into space.

Officials say also on the flight will be remains of the late Maria Sabaliauskas Swan, who was Miss Argentina in 1967.  Swan is a former New Mexico resident.

In addition, 34 others' cremated remains will be launched as part of a service by Celestis Memorial Spaceflights. The company buys payload capacity aboard launches to fly a person's ashes into space.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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