Nashville attorney receives final salute in space

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Florida space company is fulfilling a deceased Nashville attorney’s childhood dream by launching her cremated remains into space.

If you ask Megan Williams’ parents, they will tell you that their daughter has always been very adventurous and dreamed of going into space one day.

“Megan when she was young, she was 10 years old, went to space camp and always wanted to be an astronaut when she was very young,” said Megan’s mother, Juanita Williams. “It didn’t work out, but she was very adventurous and very strong-willed.”

Thanks to a Florida space company, William’s childhood dream could finally come true. On May 25, her cremated remains were launched along with 46 others from central Florida aboard the Celestis Company’s Ascension Memorial Spaceflight.

William’s parents were there to witness the special event. The remains of those on board will be placed in a 1U Cubesat, which will remain in Earth orbit for nearly a decade before re-entering the atmosphere with a special “shooting star” salute.

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Ahead of the launch, Williams’ parents told News 2 that giving their final farewells to their daughter, who died in 2021 from a rapid battle with cancer, would be an emotional but rewarding experience.

“They have a special launch area that is closer than anywhere else. So we can see that launch, you know, and hear it and all that, so I think it’s going to be very moving,” said Juanita Williams. Nashville attorney receives final salute in space

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