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THE ashes of James Doohan, better known as Scotty in Star Trek, were blasted into space aboard a private rocket yesterday from a launchpad in the New Mexico desert.
Many fans turned out in full Star Trek regalia for a memorial service for the Canadian-born actor the day before the launch of the SpaceLoft XL rocket.
Doohan’s widow, Wende, said her husband was eager to reach the final frontier: “He would be ecstatic. He would be the one pressing the button. He totally was so into space.”
Doohan, who died aged 85, played the chief engineer Montgomery Scott on the Starship Enterprise and was gracious to the end to “trekkies” who besieged him for autographs and appearances.
Captain Kirk never quite said, “Beam me up, Scotty” — the closest he came to it was, “Scotty, beam me up” — but it became one of the most famous phrases in television.
A symbolic portion of his ashes was loaded into a silver capsule with those of the American Mercury 7 astronaut Gordon Cooper and 200 other people whose families paid $495 (£248) for the privilege.
On board the flight were messages in memory of Doohan and Cooper and a CD, Celestis: Space Ceremonial Music, recorded by the Russian band Cyclotimia.
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