TUCSON — The ashes of an auto mechanic who died a week ago after doctors tried to keep him alive with three hearts--one an unapproved artificial heart--will get the space burial he wanted, a firm said today.
Thomas Creighton's cremated remains will be aboard a mausoleum satellite expected to be launched in late 1986 or early 1987, Starbound Inc. President Roy Miller said.
Al Titus, a friend of the Creighton family, said the heart patient had expressed a desire for a space funeral after hearing about the mausoleum satellite project. The satellite is designed to orbit 2,000 miles above Earth for millions of years, carrying the ashes of 10,000 people.
Cost of the proposed space burial for Creighton was not disclosed. His remains are being kept in an urn by a sister.