February 21, 2006

DO YOU SUPPOSE THEY KNOW THIS IS HIS FIRST LAUNCH?:

Scotty, Gordo to blast off once more (MIKE SCHNEIDER, 2/21/06, Associated Press)

Scotty will be blasted into space — not beamed up — and Gordo is returning for his third flight.

The planned launch some time in March of a rocket carrying the ashes of Vancouver-born actor James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, and Mercury program astronaut Gordon Cooper, who flew missions in 1963 and 1965, will give a fitting send-off to two men who helped popularize human space exploration.

The craft also will hold the ashes of 185 others, including a telephone technician, a nurse and a college student.

Their families paid $995 (U.S.) to $5,300 for the flight, being conducted by one of a handful of growing businesses hoping to give a space experience to the common folk.


"once more"?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2006 8:12 AM
Comments

I thought Scotty usually transported instead of blasting off from anywhere.

Posted by: John at February 21, 2006 9:38 AM

Doesn't the Shuttlecraft count?

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at February 21, 2006 11:40 AM

i believe the first attempt to immortalize mr scott's (partial) remains failed, when the delivery vehicle was lost at launch. no doubt they kept a portion of his ashes (or at least ashes from his barbque or fireplace) to use in just such an eventuality.

Posted by: toe at February 21, 2006 12:32 PM
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