Star Trek star’s ashes set for space


starsThe ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry and actor James Doohan are set for the final frontier as they prepare to be launched into space.

The ashes of his wife Majel will also accompany Roddenberry, who conceived the sci-fi franchise with the original TV series back in the 1960’s.

Majel Rodenberry played the part of Nurse Christine Chapel in the original Star Trek series, as well as appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and voicing the on-board computer interface throughout the TV series and films.

Doohan became famous as the loveable character Scotty, who was the engineer on the Starship Enterprise. In reference to the constant requests asked of him to transport people back on-board the Enterprise, Doohan became widely associated with the phrase “Beam me up, Scotty”.

However, according to a Star Trek infographic on MoneyGaming, “the famous “Beam me up, Scotty” line was never delivered in the original film or series. The closest Captain Kirk came to saying this was: “Scotty, beam us up”.

The three Star Trek stars will take their final journey into space on the November 2014 launch by Celestis, a memorial spaceflight company. Other cremated remains, written messages and samples of DNA in capsules which were provided by the general public will also be part of the cargo.

The spacecraft will be powered by sunlight and will be able to withstand high temperatures as it heads for orbit around the sun. The journey will also be captured by on-board cameras and streamed online, to allow the public to become part of the galactic send off.

“What’s very cool about this is that it’s science fiction meeting reality,” said Pazia Schonfeld, a spokeswoman for Celestis.

This will not be the first time that the remains of Roddenberry and Doohan have explored space. After his death in October 1991 aged 70, Roddenberry was sent into space aboard Celestis’ inaugural flight in 1997, before being returned to earth.

An urn containing some of Doohan’s ashes, who died aged 85 in 2005, was sent out into space just last year.

The public can still pay to send the ashes of their loved ones into orbit aboard the space flight, for a fee of $12,500 (£8,057).