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‘Star Trek’ Actor James Doohan’s Ashes Launched Into Space; Watch The Liftoff
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The ashes of the late James Doohan, who played “Scotty” in the original Star Trek series, were successfully launched into space this week, nearly seven year’s after the actor’s death. You can watch a video of the liftoff here below.

Doohan died on July 20, 2005, at the age of 85 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and then pneumonia. It was Doohan’s final wish to have his cremated remains launched into space after his death. The launch was originally scheduled for 2006, but was moved to 2008, but that attempt failed.

On Tuesday, a second attempt was scheduled by SpaceX, which was successful, making the U.S. company the first commercial entity to send its own spacecraft toward the International Space Station. According to Sky News, Doohan’s remains were launched from the craft’s cargo-bearing Dragon capsule and also contained the ashes of over 300 people, including those of Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper.

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