A heartwarming story of hope, family, and a little bit of international espionage.
As evidenced by a fascinating report from The times in the UK some of the ashes of James Doohan, Star Trekis original Scotty, now live on board the International Space Station. They have been there since 2008 and until now it has been a secret.
The maker of this heartwarming conspiracy was Richard Garriot, an entrepreneur who became one of the first private individuals to go into space in 2008. After Garriot and Doohan’s son Chris were asked by the Doohan family to grant the late James’ wish – to find his way into space after death – they devised a plan that would involve secretly making a laminated card with some of Doohan’s ashes sneaked onto the International Space Station.
It was completely secret … His family was delighted that the ashes made it there, but we were all disappointed that we couldn’t talk about it publicly for so long. It’s been enough time now for us to do it, ”Garriott said said.
The plan was worked out after Garriott had already registered his items for the trip and to ensure that it was carried out he kept them secret from those in charge of the mission. What do I think is a crime? That sounds like some kind of crime. But it’s perhaps the most heartwarming crime I can think of.
This would end up being that Doohan’s ashes landed in space for the first time, but it wasn’t the last. Some were also launched into space aboard a SpaceX rocket in 2012 a failed flight in 2008.
“Richard said, ‘We have to hold this silence for a while,’ and here we are 12 years later. What he did was touch – it meant so much to me, my family so much 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. Its ashes are reported to have traveled nearly 1.7 billion miles through space and orbited the planet more than 70,000 times. Indeed, beam me.
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