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Smithsonian Channel to launch “Heavenly Bodies”

Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution, capture the human stories and adventures of individuals as they fulfill their final goal of becoming 21st-century constellations in ...
June 24, 2019

Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution, capture the human stories and adventures of individuals as they fulfill their final goal of becoming 21st-century constellations in the sky.

Produced in-house, Heavenly Bodies (working title) is to illustrate the emotional departure of 152 individuals as they mark the end to their lives on Earth by having their ashes lifted into space.

Founded in 1994, Celestis is a company that launches the cremains of space enthusiasts into Earth’s orbit, a procedure known as a space burial, in an attempt to help families commemorate the lives of their loved ones and say one final goodbye.

Smithsonian Channel’s cameras will be on the ground today (June 24) to capture the Celestis Heritage Earth Orbit flight from the Kennedy Space Center to document the stories of Celestis participants and their loved ones as they witness the emotional launch.

A premiere date for Heavenly Bodies has yet to be set.

Heavenly Bodies is executive produced by Smithsonian Channel’s John Cavanagh and David Royle.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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