James Doohan remains return to Earth

May 21, 2007

James Doohan’s remains have safely returned to earth.  They were found Friday in the New Mexico mountains after being launched into sub-orbital space nearly three weeks ago.

On Saturday, April 29th James Doohan’s remains along with those of 200 others were successfully launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico.  The 20-foot rocket flew 70 miles to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere before returning to earth.  During the return, however, the rocket blew off course and has been missing until Friday when it was found in the New Mexico mountains.

James Doohan is best know for his role as Scotty, the fiesty engineer in the Star Treck TV series and movies.  

When I reported, Doohan’s launch into space I was under the impression this send off was permanent.  But the fact that it was sub-orbital should have been my first clue.

Families members paid nearly $500 for the deceased relatives short-lived trip to space.  Not that I know it’s not a permanent ride, I think the fare is little expensive for my taste.  But at least Doohan and the others got what they wanted.

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James Doohan remains launched into space

April 29, 2007

On Saturday morning at 8:56 local time, James Doohan’s cremated remains were successfully launched from a New Mexico desert into suborbital space.  Best known for his role as Scotty on Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, Doohan wanted to follow Roddenberry’s lead and take this final journey into space.

Doohan TV Guide CoverDoohan’s wife, Wende, and Susan Cooper, widow of Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, were on hand to help fire the 20-foot rocket.  In addition to carrying the remains of more than 200, the rocket also included a CD with notes and well wishes from more than 11,000 of Doohan’s fans.


Beam Me Up Scotty

April 4, 2007

James DoohanThe Associated Press reports that the ashes of James Doohan, better known as Scotty, the engineer on the original Star Trek series, will join Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s remain in space.

Doohan, who passed away in 2005, will be making his final journey into space on April 28 in rocket with the remains of more than 200 others. 

I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Doohan once.  Both the man and the character will be sorely missed.

Seems only appropriate that Scotty be “beamed up” this one final time.  May he rest in peace.