Scotty beamed up

Nearly two years after his death, James Doohan, best known as the actor who played Scotty on Star Trek, boldly went where only a few hundred have gone before, as his ashes were launched into space from New Mexico yesterday morning by Celestis, Inc., the same company that launched Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s ashes on its inaugural “memorial spaceflight” in 1997:

Doohan will not get quite the ride Roddenberry got, at least not yet. Saturday’s launch is a suborbital mission, meaning the spacecraft — and the remains onboard — reach the outer reaches of the atmosphere and fall back to Earth.

“We launch his remains into space and return them so there’s a keepsake of a little bit of Scotty who has flown to space,” Chafer said.

But Chafer said another portion of Doohan’s ashes will fly on a future mission, when they will be released into orbit.

One Response to “Scotty beamed up”

  1. Dan Port says:

    I’m givin her all she’s got, Captain!