Beam 'em up: 'Star Trek' actor's ashes go in orbit
The ashes of James Doohan, Scotty from "Star Trek," and those of about 300 others were aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket that blasted into orbit Tuesday.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — James Doohan, Scotty from "Star Trek," spent his acting career whizzing through the cosmos. Gordon Cooper was one of America's famous Mercury seven astronauts. And Bob Shrake was an engineer who designed spaceship-control instruments for NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif.
Their ashes — and those of about 300 others — were aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket that blasted into orbit Tuesday. The Texas-based firm Celestis Inc. charged nearly $3,000 to allow the ashes in a special container, which SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell confirmed Tuesday was in the second stage of the Falcon rocket.
That section of the rocket was jettisoned about 10 minutes after launching and will remain in orbit for about a year then burn up as it returns to Earth.
Some people's ashes that flew Tuesday, including those of Doohan, who lived in Redmond, Wash., and Cooper, were also on a botched 2008 SpaceX launch that didn't get the remains into orbit and dropped into the Pacific Ocean. This is a makeup flight for them.
Others whose ashes have flown previously include "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and his actress-wife Majel Barrett, who was in the series.