How James Doohan’s ashes were smuggled aboard the ISS

The late James Doohan as Scotty.

The late James Doohan as Scotty.
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A heartwarming story of hope, family and a little international espionage.

As evidenced by a fascinating report by The times in the United Kingdom, some of the ashes of James Doohan, Star Trek‘s original Scotty, now lives aboard the International Space Station. They’ve been there since 2008, and until now it’s been a secret.

The contributor to this heartwarming plot was Richard Garriot, an entrepreneur. which in 2008 became one of the first private citizens to enter space. After the Doohan family was asked to help fulfill the late James’ wishes – to find his way to space after death – Garriot and Doohan’s son, Chris, devised a plan, involving a laminated map with part of Doohan’s ashes slipped into the International Space Station. .

It was completely clandestine … 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 enough time has passed that we can, ‘Garriott said.

The plan was devised after Garriott had already registered his items for the trip, so to make sure it was carried out, he kept it a secret from the people who controlled the mission. What do I think is a crime? It sounds like some kind of crime. But this is perhaps the most heartwarming crime I can think of.

It would eventually be the the first time Doohan’s ashes landed in space, but this was not the last time. Some were also carried aboard a SpaceX rocket after 2012 a failed flight in 2008.

Richard said, ‘We have to keep this silence for a while,’ and here we are 12 years later. “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,” said Chris Doohan.

James Doohan, who played Scotty on the original Star Trek, died in 2005 and has been in space since 2008. It is estimated that it traveled nearly 1.7 billion kilometers through space and orbited the planet more than 70,000 times. Radiate me indeed.

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