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The "Body Back" system by Promessia

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1331881.  Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:14 am Reply with quote

A solution to what to do with bodies of deceased astronauts in space.
The Body Back makes use of a process called promession, an ecologically friendly method of burial developed by biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, who founded Promessa in 2001 to capitalize on her idea. The promession process was slightly modified for the Body Back to meet the requirements of space travel, but the core ideas remain the same: First, a body is placed in an airtight bag and exposed to the freezing temperatures of space. (On Earth, this freezing is accomplished by placing the body in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of about minus 200 degrees Celsius.) After about an hour, the now-frozen body is brought back into the cabin from the airlock and vibrated at a high frequency, effectively shattering it and reducing it to a fine powder. Subsequently the powder is dehydrated, resulting in roughly 50 pounds of body dust. This dust is then stored in a container outside the craft until it is time to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, at which point it would be retrieved and stored in the cabin for the few minutes it takes to descend to the Earth’s surface from space.

1331894.  Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:05 am Reply with quote

Now that is interesting!

1331896.  Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:09 am Reply with quote

Subsequent research on my part shows that the Swedish company went bankrupt in 2015. Their literature on the method says that for a five-man crew you only need four Body Back bags. The fifth astronaut would not be able to utilize one by themselves.

1331900.  Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:28 am Reply with quote

Their website still seems to be up to date.

1331905.  Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:42 pm Reply with quote

Here is here I first read that they had gone into liquidation. It's a link from the company's Wikipedia page.

1331914.  Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:43 pm Reply with quote

Perhaps the company has not gone into liquidation but cryogenic suspension....

1331926.  Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:27 pm Reply with quote

Slutligen, lest anyone were wondering, is the Swedish for "finally". It's not any kind of league.


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