Kenneth Ohm, an 86-year-old retired American physics professor, is prepared to send his DNA to the moon because he is passionate about astronomy. He hopes that someday a sophisticated extraterrestrial culture will find it. His intention is to have his DNA sent to the moon’s southern pole once he passes away, perhaps making it useful for cloning in the future. When NASA rejected Kenneth Ohm for being “too tall” at the height of the Apollo program in the 1960s, Ohm had aspirations of becoming an astronaut. Unfazed, Ohm discovered a another method to realize his dream: he could send his remains to the moon.
The Kansas guy said that there are many options for his peculiar dying desire. He made the observation that his contribution may one day be very important in an intergalactic zoo in which his copy is kept in a cage with human specimens. Similar to the Republic Army in the Star Wars movie, Ohm surmises that he has cloned a thousand clones of himself and may be working on a million more. Future generations could gaze to the moon and realize, “Old Ken has his DNA up there is enough of an inspiration,” if this doesn’t happen.
Ohm has been a teacher for fifty years, and she has authored many novels on life in the Midwest and the moon. He has hired Celestis, a Texas-based business that specializes in delivering Earthing remains and ashes to space or the lunar south pole by rocket launch. A one-way flight to the moon costs $12,500 according to the business.
The article claims that Ohm is not alone in having this absurd notion. Professional baseball players, citizens, and astronauts have all pledged to use Celestis to reach an orbital finish. Since its founding in 1994, the corporation has launched 17 commemorative spaceflights.
The company’s next lunar voyage departs on Christmas Eve from Cape Canaveral and lands on the northeastern side of the moon carrying the DNA and remains of FDNY Battalion Chief Daniel Conlisk and his late wife.