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Scotty's ashes were smuggled aboard the ISS

December 27, 2020 | Comment icon 6 comments

Doohan's Star Trek character became a household name. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 C Thomas
A former space tourist has admitted that he smuggled some of late actor James Doohan's ashes onto the ISS.
Best known for his iconic role as engineer Montgomery Scott (or "Scotty") in Gene Rodenberry's original 'Star Trek' TV series and subsequent movies, James Doohan died aged 85 back in 2005.

After his death, efforts were made to have some of his ashes launched into space.

On April 28th, 2007, a memorial rocket launch, which also carried the ashes of astronaut Gordon Cooper, flew into space for a four-hour suborbital flight before returning to Earth.

The following year, Doohan's ashes were placed aboard a Falcon 1 rocket with the intention of launching them into low-Earth orbit, however the rocket failed two minutes after launch.
Four years later, his ashes were again launched into space - this time aboard a Falcon 9 rocket - as part of the COTS Demo Flight 2 mission.

As it turns out however - there had actually been another successful effort to send Doohan's ashes into the final frontier - one carried out by space tourist Richard Garriot who had launched to the International Space Station for 12 days back in 2008.

Backed by Doohan's son, Garriot had smuggled a small card containing some of the late actor's ashes up into space with him where he hid it underneath the cladding in the station's Columbus module.

In fitting tribute to Doohan - they have since traveled more than 1.7 billion miles through space.

Source: Deadline | Comments (6)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 1 year ago
That's nice !
Comment icon #2 Posted by Tatetopa 1 year ago
Best news I've had in a long time.
Comment icon #3 Posted by psyche101 1 year ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by OverSword 1 year ago
He used to eat breakfast in a restaurant my bass player cooked at and would come back compliment the kitchen every time he ate there. Everyone who met him says he was a really great person, and obviously everyone on Star Trek was a huge inspiration to many of us. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 1 year ago
Ya, he deserves it! Scotty said to the ISS team, "Beam me up", and it was done.. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by susieice 1 year ago
Just saw this. This is wonderful to hear. Fly high Scotty.

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