The ashes of a beloved cast member from the original “Star Trek” TV series made their way into space this week, with the launch Tuesday of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Houston’s Johnson Space Center, UPI reports.
The rocket contained the cremains of 308 people, including actor James Doohan. Doohan, who played Scotty on “Star Trek,” died in 2005.
“Also making the flight were the cremated remains of Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, who piloted the Faith 7 spacecraft, the last flight of Project Mercury in May 1963. He also was command pilot of Gemini 5 in 1965,” the story reports.
The launch had originally been scheduled for last week but was aborted because a flight computer noticed a problem with slightly elevated pressure in an engine combustion chamber, the story notes.
The report adds: “The vehicle’s first stage performed perfectly Tuesday before separating from the second stage, SpaceX reported, and the second stage successfully put the Dragon spacecraft into its intended orbit.”
SpaceX, a private company, worked with NASA on the flight.
Pictures of James "Beam Me Up, Scotty" Doohan in the original "Star Trek" TV series and how he looked in the later "Star Trek" movies: