Ashes from Star Trek’s Scotty Smuggled Aboard Space Station

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This is not exactly where no one has gone before, but it is about the closest humanity to it. According to Deadline, video game developer Richard Garriott released on Sunday Times that when he traveled to the International Space Station in 2008, he allegedly brought with him actor James Doohan, best known for his turn as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, the hairy engineer of Star Treksee USS Enterprise. Doohan died in 2005 at the age of 85.

According to Garriott, he was contacted by Chris Doohan, the actor’s son, during the preparation to visit the International Space Station via Russia’s Soyuz TMA-13 ​​mission for a 12-day self-financed stay, which gave him one Of the first private citizens to do so. . Garriott received the cremains, but claims there was not enough time to carry them through the official process needed to bring objects aboard the flight. He then separated several laminated photographs of Doohan, which contained some of his ashes, on board, and slid one of the cards behind the upholstery into the floor of the station’s Columbus module.

“It was completely clandestine,” Garriott told Sunday. Times, who also posted a video of him with the card at the station. “His family was very happy that the ashes could get there, but we were all disappointed that we could not talk about it in public for so long. Now there is enough time past that we can. ‘Garriot reportedly dropped a second card into space, and a third card was returned to Chris Doohan. A separate example of the actor’s ashes was launched in 2012 on a SpaceX rocket.

“Richard said, ‘We have to keep this silence for a while,’ and here we are 12 years later, ‘said the son of the deceased actor. ‘What he did was touch – it meant so much to me, so much to my family, and it would have meant so much to my father. My dad had three passions: space, science and trains. He always wanted to go to space. ”