Monday, May 21, 2012

Scotty's Ashes to Be Beamed Up ... Hopefully

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

When the privately owned SpaceX rocket hopefully launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, May 22, (it has already been delayed several times), it will carry a grocery run of 1,000 pounds of food and clothing and the remains of 308 deceased, including James "Scotty" Doohan, of Star Trek fame.

The mission, financed by South African billionaire Elon Musk, will visit the International Space Station, but not before releasing a capsule containing ashes of Scotty and hundreds of others. Families paid up to $3,000 to send their remains to the stars.

Doohan died in 2005, at the age of 85. His ashes were sent into space in 2007, but the capsule ended up crashing in the New Mexico desert. A year later, a portion of his ashes were launched by another SpaceX rocket but that unsuccessful mission plunged into the Pacific Ocean.

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