Star Trek’s James Doohan had his ashes smuggled onto the International Space Station, it has been revealed. Mr Doohan, who played Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott, asked for his ashes to be beamed to space when he died at the age of 85 in 2005.
The Canadian’s remains have now traveled more than 1.7 billion miles in orbit through space in secret. Entrepreneur Richard Garriott, 59, smuggled Mr Doohan’s ashes on to the ISS in 2008 during a 12-day mission as a private astronaut.
He was contacted by Mr Doohan’s son Chris, 61, days before he launched to the ISS on a Russian Soyuz capsule for a $30 million trip brokered by Space Adventures, a company he cofounded.
Mr Garriott agreed to take the ashes up after Mr Doohan’s wish to have his ashes sent up were dashed in 2007 and 2008.
He took a card with a picture of Mr Doohan and some of his ashes laminated on and tucked under cladding on the floor of the space station’s Columbus module.
Mr Garriott told The Times: ‘It was completely clandestine.
‘His family were pleased that the ashes made it up there but were disappointed we didn’t get to talk about it publicly.
‘Now enough time has passed that we can. James Doohan got his resting place among the stars.’
Mr Doohan inspired the legendary catch phrase ‘Beam me up, Scotty’, even though it was never actually uttered on the popular television show.
His ashes were sent into space in 2007 were launched from near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, before they returned to Earth and were lost.