Space really was the final frontier for actor James Doohan, who played Scotty in the original Star Trek series. His ashes have now been on the International Space Station for 1
Doohan died in 2005 at the age of 85 and his family wanted to help him fulfill his wish, even if it was posthumous. Although official requests to send his ashes to the International Space Station were denied, Richard Garriott – a video game entrepreneur and one of the first private individuals to venture onto the ISS – successfully smuggled some of the ashes. He secretly placed them next to a laminated photo of Doohan under the floor of the Columbus.
In an interview with the Times, Garriott said, “It was completely clandestinely. His family was very happy that the ashes got there, but we were all disappointed that we couldn’t talk about it in public for so long. Enough time has passed now that we can do that. “
Doohans as has also created other ventures in the space. In 2008, some of them were aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 1, and more were launched in 2012 with the SpaceX Falcon 9. According to the Timesarticle, Doohan’s axis has now orbited the Earth more than 70,000 times and traveled about 1.7 billion miles in space collectively.
The relatives of the deceased actor were happy that he could finally fulfill his wish. His son Chris thanked Garriott after smuggling the ashes onto the ISS and said, “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.”
via The Verge