A heartwarming story about hope, family and a little international espionage.
As revealed in a fascinating report by The times in Britain, some of the ashes of James Doohan, Star Trekis original Scotty, now lives aboard the International Space Station. They have been there since 2008, and until now it has been a secret.
Enactor for this heartwarming plot was Richard Garriot, an entrepreneur which in 2008 became one of the first private citizens to go into space. After being asked by the Doohan family to help fulfill the deceased James’ wish – to find the way to space after death – Garriot and Doohan’s son Chris devised a plan, which secretly involved sneaking a laminated card containing some of Doohan’s ashes on the International Space Station. .
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, ”Garriott so.
The plan was disguised as Garriott had already registered his goods for the trip, so to ensure that it was carried out, he kept it a secret from those responsible for the mission. Which I think is a crime? It sounds like a kind of crime. But it is perhaps the most heartwarming crime I can think of.
This will end up being the first time Doohan’s ash landed in space, but it was not the last. Some were also carried to space aboard a SpaceX rocket in 2012, after a failed flight in 2008.
Richard said “We have to keep this hush for a while” and here we are 12 years later. “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,” said Chris Doohan.
James Doohan, who played Scotty on the original Star Trek, passed away in 2005, and has been in space since 2008. Apparently, its ash has traveled nearly 1.7 billion miles through space, orbiting the planet more than 70,000 times. Beam me up.
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