Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Scotty’s Off To Space

Scotty’s Off To Space — To Become Space Dust

Scotty’s Off To Space - Science News - Playfuls.com - Science & Technology — Geez, talk about taking a role seriously.

It seems that actor James Doohan, Star Trek’s Scotty, indeed has a legacy to reach the final frontier as his ashes will reach space aboard a private rocket.

Along with James Doohan’s cremated remains will also travel the ashes of one of NASA’s first space travelers, Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, aboard a privately-built rocket set to launch from New Mexico this month.

The launch of a SpaceLoft XL rocket built by the private firm UP Aerospace is scheduled for April 28. SL-2, as it has been dubbed, will lift off from Spaceport America, a state-funded launch site near Upham, New Mexico and about 45 miles 72 kilometers north of the city of Las Cruces.

As you were probably wondering from the very beginning what the meaning of this could be, here is the answer. This is part of a special spaceflight that is a tribute – some 200 families have paid 495 U.S. dollars to have a few grams of their loved ones ashes placed on the rocket.

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