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    Posted May 22, 2012 by
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Leslie Hicks rides a Dragon into SpaceX!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     BurstCEO told me, 'It wasn’t until just a few months ago, when Celestis actually informed us of a launch date that I was able to piece together which mission Leslie’s remains would be flying on. It turned out to be SpaceX’s Falcon9/Dragon mission. Unfortunately, we were unable to tell really anyone about Leslie’s flight until after the launch (one of Celestis and SpaceX agreements, not to reveal to family, friends or the press until after launch). We were unable to attend the launch, but did watch it live on CNN.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    I am confirming that my close friend (I call her my Aunt), Leslie Hicks' cremated remains are on board the Celestis Inc. package included with this morning's launch of the Falcon9/Dragon. She was a huge fan of space and space exploration. It was her wish to travel to as many places as possible. Sending her into Earth Orbit on the New Frontiers Flight from Celestis seemed to be one of the most incredible journeys she could make. After we submitted a few ounces of her cremated remains, we learned of other passengers being added to this flight. What an incredible coinsidence that Gordon Cooper (last of the Mercury 7 Pilots) and James Doohan (Dr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott of Star Trek) would be so honored as to ride with my Aunt! I understand that there are 308 people that are going along for the ride and we're told by Celestis that Leslie will orbit Earth for at least 10 years.


    She always said "If you aren't living on the edge, you're taking up too much space". Well Leslie, now you're on the edge of space! What a hoot!

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