James Doohan, best known as Scotty from Star Trek, died in 2005. Even then there was talk of his ashes being rocketed into space, and tomorrow morning at 4:55 AM that dream will become a reality.
Saturday, May 19th will see the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket make its maiden voyage and become the first commercial supply vehicle to visit the International Space Station. As if that isn’t noteworthy enough occurrence on its own, it was revealed that the cargo will include Doohan’s cremated remains in the Dragon capsule atop the rocket.
This is actually the second attempt to send a piece of Doohan into space. In August 2008 Celestis, a company that will blast your ashes out of the atmosphere for a fee, attempted to send some of his into orbit, but the rocket failed to clear Earth’s atmosphere and plummeted back to the ground.