CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday afternoon for the mission known as Transporter-5. Along for the ride were the cremated remains of 47 people.
The Transporter-5 mission is a rideshare flight sending numerous small satellites into low-Earth orbit for commercial and government customers.
Families from all around the world flew into Florida earlier this week to honor family members by sending their ashes into space. The remains were housed in a CubaSat or miniature satellite and carried into space on the Falcon 9 rocket. The satellite will be deployed in a low-Earth orbit and circle the planet for the next decade.
Following liftoff, the Falcon 9’s first stage booster returned to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, which means you probably heard sonic booms.
"Transporter-5 is SpaceX’s fifth dedicated smallsat rideshare mission," SpaceX said. "On this flight are 59 spacecraft, including CubeSats, microsats, non-deploying hosted payloads, and orbital transfer vehicles."
SpaceX just launched a Starlink mission last week, bringing more satellites into orbit.
Wednesday's launch makes it the 22nd launch of 2022 for the space company.