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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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