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      Space flights for pets begin this fall

      Memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones will start this fall by a Houston company that already sends human remains out of this world.

      Memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones will start this fall by a Houston company that already sends human remains out of this world.

      Celestis Inc. on Wednesday announced Celestis Pets. Rockets carrying cremated remains of dogs and cats are touted as a way for owners to "celebrate the life of their pet."

      Spokeswoman Pazia (PAH'-zee-uh) Schonfeld says the cost will be about the same as for human remains sent into space and returned, starting at about $995.

      Celestis Pets is working with a California company, Into the Sunset Pet Transition Center of San Diego, for the doggie and kitty cremations.

      Celestis for years has offered a rocket service that takes partial human remains into space and brings them back, including ashes of "Star Trek" TV show creator Gene Roddenberry.

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