Star Trek's Scotty plots last course for the stars

The remains of actor James Doohan, who played the starship Enterprise's chief engineer Scotty on Star Trek, will be blasted into space next month, the company organizing the flight said Friday.

The Canadian-born actor who inspired the catch phrase "Beam me up, Scotty"--even though it was never actually uttered on the television show--died two years ago at the age of 85.

Houston-based commercial company Space Services Inc. said some of Doohan's remains were packed into a rocket at Las Cruces, New Mexico, Friday, ahead of the flight scheduled for April 28.

The company originally had planned to blast Doohan's remains into space two years ago. But the flight was delayed by tests, then by a misfire during a practice launch last year.

Space Services spokeswoman Susan Schonfeld said Doohan's ashes will be sent up along with the remains of some 200 other people, including astronaut Gordon Cooper, who first went into space in 1963. Cooper died in 2004 at age 77.

After a short flight, the rocket will return to Earth with the capsules holding the remains.

Space Services is a commercial venture that charges $495 to send a sample of a person's ashes into suborbital space. Capsules containing the ashes are retrieved, mounted on plaques and given back to relatives.

In 1997 the company blasted the remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry into space.

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good way to go
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A man who brought dignity and humor to a role that that in part defined the success of the ST franchise. I recall his appearance on STNG where he was rescued after being trapped in a transporter for decades, he was touchingly melancholic as he lamented over the loss of the original Enterprise. I'm honored to be a fellow Canadian (and here we say honoured). RIP James Doohan, Scotty will live forever!
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First Gene, now "Scotty". Very fitting and touching.
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RIP Scotty..
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So Cool. RIP James, Scotty
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I'm beaming about this article....JK
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Science fiction merges with spage age reality.
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It's a good idea, the right tribute to such an important TV character.
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He deserves it, he was great in his role. i just hope its what he wanted...
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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY RIP
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I guess this really is farewell Scotty. Guess some one else will be beaming him up this time
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how crazy is that
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