James Doohan, Star Trek’s Montgomery “Scotty Scott, had one last trip into space, three years after he passed away in 2005. At Christmas, it finally became the story of a secret plan to bring some of the actor’s ashes to the International Space Station.
Doohan came to the last limit
On Christmas Day, Britain’s The Times revealed that in 2008, founder Richard Garriott smuggled some of Doohan’s ashes to the ISS on his 12-day mission as a private astronaut. The secret operation was planned together with Doohan’s son Chris, with the approval of the Doohan family.
The plan was for Garriott to hide a laminated card with Doohan’s picture and some of his ashes while covering the floor of the station̵
“It was a secret … His family was very happy that the ashes came up there, but we were all disappointed that we were not allowed to talk about it in public for so long. Now enough time has passed for us to be able, Garriott says to The Times. “As far as I know, no one has ever seen it there, and no one has moved it. James Doohan got his resting place among the stars. ”
Garriott’s ISS smuggling operation in 2008 was in fact the third attempt to bring James Doohan’s ashes into space. In 2007, some of his ashes flew on a suborbital rocket, and in August 2008 there was a failed attempt on board a SpaceX rocket (the company successfully launched part of Doohan’s ash into space in 2012). Chris Doohan wanted to fulfill his father’s request to be laid to rest in space, shortly before he was launched in October 2008.
Because the last-minute request came after everything Garriott had planned to take on the trip had already been logged, there was concern about adding to the ashes, so it was decided “in abundance of caution” that the plan should be kept secret. Richard said “We have to keep this hush for a while” and here we are 12 years later. What he did was touch on – it meant so much to me, so much to my family, and it would have meant so much to my father, ”Chris Doohan told The Times.
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