Canadian actor James Doohan, famous for playing Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on the cult series Star Trek, always dreamed of traveling into space. In 2008, an entrepreneur and video game developer fulfilled his wish.
As revealed by the actor’s son, Chris, Doohan’s family – who passed away in 2005 – repeatedly requested NASA to send the ashes into space, but the agency refused to do so.
Finally, in 2008, the founder of the video game studio Origin Systems (Ultima, System Shock) and one of the first space tourists, Richard Garriott, agreed to organize the famous actor’s incredible trip to the stars.
For this, Garriott took part of his ashes aboard the ISS, of course, clandestinely. He placed them under a laminated photo of the actor, after which he deposited it under the floor of the Columbus module.
Only Garriott and the actor’s family were aware of the unusual shipment and have kept it secret until now for fear of a possible fine from NASA.
“It was completely clandestine. His family was very happy that the ashes got there, but we were all disappointed that we had not been able to talk about it publicly for so long ”, Garriott stated in an interview with The Times.
That same year, part of the actor’s ashes were also aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 1 rocket, but it failed minutes before takeoff. In 2012, Doohan again traveled to space aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9.
During his stay in the European ISS module, Scotty has orbited the Earth more than 70,000 times and traveled more than 270,000 million kilometers.