Thursday, July 21, 2005

Scotty's ashes to hit outer space

There is absolutely no way I couldn't post about this story.

The ashes of Star Trek actor James Doohan, (who played engineer Scotty ), are to be sent into space at his request. He died of pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at his home in Washington on Wednesday. His agent said Doohan and his wife Wende had discussed sending his ashes into space, following those of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.



The Space Services Inc company said Doohan's ashes could be on a Falcon 1 rocket launching from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, tentatively scheduled for launch in September. The ashes of Star Trek writer John Meredyth Lucas, who died in 2002, are also set to be on the flight.
Give it a few more years and it looks like half the cast and crew of Star Trek will be hurtling through space.
Incidentially, he became a father again at the age of 80, when his wife Wende, 48, gave birth to daughter Sarah.