As technology advances and NASA continues plunging deeper into space, new, unforeseen obstacles will begin to arise. Any time an astronaut blasts off into the stars, there is the possibility of a disastrous outcome. But what is the proper protocol when someone dies aboard a spaceship?
NASA is currently developing a technique to safely and legally dispose of dead bodies in space. The Body Back plan involves placing the corpse in an airtight container and exposing it to subzero temperatures outside the ship so that it freezes.
After the body is frozen, a robotic arm will rapidly vibrate the corpse for 15 minutes. This is essentially the outer space equivalent of a cremation. By the end of the process, the body will have been turned into a fine powder.
Luckily, NASA has not had to deal with this issue because no one has actually died in space yet. Still, it's good to know that we're prepared for any given situation, as shown in this video by Business Insider.There's no telling what might happen out in the edges of the universe.