James Doohan plays Montgomery Scott, engineer on the Enterprise
Video game entrepreneur and developer Richard Garriott surreptitiously delivered the ashes of actor James Doohan, who played Montgomery Scott, engineer on the starship Enterprise in the iconic Star Trek franchise.
Dukhan died in 2005 at the age of 85. Three years later, the actor’s son, Chris Doohan, contacted Garriott, who became one of the first private tourists to go to the International Space Station (ISS) privately.
In total secrecy, Garriott carried three photographs of Doohan aboard the ISS, which contained some of his ashes. The entrepreneur sent one photo into outer space, the second hid under the floor cladding in the module, and the third was returned to the actor’s family after space travel.
The actor’s son said that he was very grateful to Garriott for taking the risk.
– What he did was touching – it meant so much to me, to my family, and it would mean a lot to my father. My father had three passions: space, science and trains. He always wanted to go to space.
The space smugglers kept their secret for 12 years and decided to reveal it on New Year’s Eve.
In addition, the ashes of James Doohan were sent into space and quite officially. This happened in May 2012. Then the Falcon SpaceX rocket carried away urns with the remains of more than 300 people.
The ash later returned to the ground and was scattered over Puget Bay in Washington state.