Friday, May 04, 2007

This time Scotty got Beamed Up!

Probably the most famous command from the television series 'Star Trek' is, "Scotty, beam me up!" This is what happened to the ashes of the actor James Doohan--they were beamed up by rocket into space! Doohan portrayed the engineer Scotty on 'Star Trek', and his ashes were launched into space on a private rocket along with those of Astronaut Gordon Cooper and 200 others from Spaceport America, a commercial spaceport in New Mexico.

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Is this way of disposing the ashes of your loved ones going to be easily available to the common man? Apparently so...and by the year 2009 cremated ashes will be launched frequently. The current price for a single gram of ash is $495, but some sources state $600. Will the price rise or fall by 2009? It all depends upon how desirable the 'final frontier' is for cremated ashes. Unfortunately, the rocket carrying the ashes came back to Earth since this flight of ashes and CD with more than 11,000 condolences and fan notes was only suborbital. At least, James Doohan finally flew in space and participated in the first successful launch from Spaceport America.

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