Virginia is considering legislation to provide a tax incentive for people to have their cremated remains launched into space, the state’s Daily Press newspaper reports.
Republican Del. Terry Kilgore’s bill, designed to boost the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, would provide a state income tax deduction for space burials of up to $2,500 per year from 2013 to 2020, with a total limit of $8,000.
A handful of companies have offered the service from launch facilities in California, Florida and New Mexico. Notable customers include astronaut Gordon Cooper, “Star Trek” actor James Doohan and acid guru Timothy Leary.