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.