View Full Version : Ashes of James Doohan go into space...and back

Apr 28, 2007, 05:54 PM
The remains of James Doohan, who played Star Trek's imaginatively named "Scotty" Scott from Scotland (yah, I know, Montgomery blah blah blah) were today shot into space inside a rocket launched from Spaceport America, a commercial launching facility in the New Mexico desert. The remains of Doohan, who died two years ago this July aged 85, joined those of astronaut Gordon Cooper and a number of others in the sub-orbital flight. The rocket soon after returned to Earth and landed in the White Sands Missile Range.

Initial reports that the rocket backfired and toasted some unknown guy in a red shirt were dismissed as a bad taste joke made up by me.

Anyway, there's no doubt that Doohan was well-loved by the Sci-Fi community, so it's nice to see he got his wish to travel into space in the end.

CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/04/28/scott.launch.ap/index.html)

Apr 28, 2007, 11:53 PM
Boldly going where (almost) no man has gone before.

Scotty beamed up for the last time.

Apr 30, 2007, 08:51 AM
Does anyone know if he really wanted to be "buried" in space? ;)