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Star Trek Creator's and Scotty's AshesUp 13Down 4Leave it to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to request part of his ashes to be sent into space. In 1992, a lipstick-sized capsule was delivered to outer space by the space shuttle Columbia on its STS-52 mission. Roddenberry (or the remains of Roddenberry) orbited the Earth before eventually disintegrating in the atmosphere allowing Trekkies and Trekkers alike point at the skies and tell their children that up there, somewhere, it was Gene.
Another capsule was sent the same way in 1997 on Pegasus XL.
But wait, there's more.
James Doohan, better known as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the TV series Star Trek, decided that he too wanted his ashes to travel into space. In fact, this idea for his final resting place was, coincidentally, given to him by Gene Roddenberry.
Another anticipated 2012 space trip will send the rest of Roddenberry's and his wife Majal's ashes into space along with digitized fan letters. Unfortunately for Roddenberry, he got stuck with all the odd-numbered ash scatterings and those are ALWAYS the worst.l< << PREV 1 of 10 NEXT >>
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