Space Tourist Smuggled Ashes of 'Star Trek' Engineer "Scotty" Aboard the ISS

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Space really was the last frontier for actor James Doohan, who played Scotty in the original Star Trek series. His ashes now have been on the International Space Station for 12 years after being smuggled on board in 2008, he was therefore able to achieve his goal of being on board the ISS.

Doohan passed away in 2005 at the age of 85, and his family wanted to help him make his wish come true, even if it was posthumously. Although official requests to send his ashes to the International Space Station were denied, Richard Garriott – a video game entrepreneur and one of the first private citizens to venture onto the ISS – managed to pass a part of the ashes. He secretly placed them next to a laminated image of Doohan under the floor of the Columbus.

In an interview with the TimesGarriott said, “It was completely underground. Her family were very happy that the ashes had accumulated there, but we were all disappointed that we hadn’t been able to talk about it publicly for so long. Now enough time has passed for us to do this.

Doohan’s ashes led to other adventures in space as well. In 2008 some of them were aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 1, and in 2012 others were launched with the SpaceX Falcon 9. According to the Times article, Doohan’s ashes have now circled the Earth more than 70,000 times, collectively traveling about 1.7 billion kilometers in space.

Family members of the late actor were happy that he could finally make his wish come true. His son Chris thanked Garriott after passing the ashes aboard the ISS, saying, “What he did was touching – it meant so much to me, so much to my family and it would have meant so much to my father.

via The edge

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