You don’t have to be a big fan of Star Trek to know who Scotty is. The “Beam me up Scotty” has made its way into everyday vocabulary, and only a passing knowledge connects it to the red-shirted engineer from the original Star Trek series.
James “Jimmy” Doohan portrayed the lovable Scot so well that he has become one of the favorites of the Star Trek universe.
But the veteran actor passed away July 20th 2005, and left behind him a lot of mourning fans. His burial wishes though, have kept him living on in our minds and our news services. He wanted his ashes to be sent in to space.
On the 28th of April of this year, Jimmy Doohan’s ashes were launched in to space aboard the SpaceLoft XL rocket. The flight consisted of a four minute duration in ‘space’, before the payload – containing the ashes of some 200 other people, including original Mercury Astronaut Gordon Cooper – would parachute safely back to earth.
However the payload capsule did not land in the designated area and it took several days for it to be finally located in the mountains of the White Sands Missile Range. The crematory-capsules will be returned to the families of the deceased, along with a memento of the flight.
Scotty will get another visit to space (along with Cooper) as he will be aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 1 rocket as it makes an orbital trip later this year.
Posted by Josh Hill
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