51 U.S. Code § 20147 - Recovery and disposition authority
Recovery and disposition authority
(a)Definitions.—In this section:
(1)Administration human space flight vehicle.—The term “Administration human space flight vehicle” means a space vehicle, as defined in section 20138(a) of this title, that—
(b) Control of Remains.—
Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), when there is an accident or mishap resulting in the death of a crewmember of an Administration human space flight vehicle, the Administrator may take control over the remains of the crewmember and order autopsies and other scientific or medical tests.
Each crewmember shall provide the Administrator with the crewmember’s preferences regarding the treatment accorded to the crewmember’s remains and the Administrator shall, to the extent possible, respect those stated preferences.