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James “Scotty” Doohan’s Ashes Reach the Final Frontier

James Doohan's Ashes Reach Space Aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

On Tuesday May 22nd, SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying James “Scotty” Doohan’s cremated remains into space along with those of of 307 other individuals (including Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper).

The company previously attempted to send a portion of Doohan’s ashes into orbit back in 2008 aboard the Falcon 1, but the rocket failed to achieve orbit and was destroyed in atmospheric reentry. However, the Falcon 9 launch is not expected to incur any failures and should successfully and finally bring Scotty to the stars.

“He’ll be there with his buddy, which is wonderful,” said Doohan’s agent and longtime friend, Steve Stevens, speaking of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry.

SpaceX is an aerospace company that carries out contracts with NASA and other government and private agencies to help launch satellites into space; sending the remains of famous celebrities into space isn’t their only role. They are currently under a 300 million-dollar contract to deliver supplies to the space station for NASA and are hoping to sign a 1.6 billion-dollar contract to make those deliveries regular.

James Doohan in 2004 receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

James Doohan in 2004 receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Everyone, both Star Trek fans and non-fans alike, knows James Doohan. He was famed for playing the role of Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott aboard the starship Enterprise on Star Trek: The Original Series. Occasionally referred to as “Scotty” by Captain Kirk, he was ultimately responsible for starship maintenance, balancing the antimatter intake into the warp core, and purposefully overestimating his repair times for his assigned duties in order to impress Jim Kirk (it is also the reason why Kirk called Scotty a “miracle worker” during times of duress).

James Doohan was much loved and admired by Star Trek fans. He passed away in 2005 due to pneumonia at the age of 85; the news of his death was heart breaking, especially for people like me that looked up to him and other Star Trek figures as a child, wanting one day to pursue a scientific career. Now, we no longer have to be content with just watching reruns of Star Trek to see James Doohan in action; whenever we want to look up to Scotty, we need only look to the stars.

Space is in good hands now. Rest in peace, Scotty.

Watch video of the launch below.

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Tom is a recent graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biochemistry. He is currently studying muscle growth mechanisms on his time off from school and aims to earn a Ph.D in molecular biology later in the future. He can speak French and Klingon, considers himself an avid Star Trek fan, and his hobbies include studying the Star Trek canon, playing video games, reading sci-fi novels, and performing cool science experiments on the side. ‘ej HISlaH tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhlaH!



  1. Bill Kruse

    May 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

    “Here’s to you lads… where ever you are.”

  2. Joe DiBiasi

    May 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Good Speed Scotty.

  3. Harry

    May 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Go Scotty go!!

  4. Markus McLaughlin

    May 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I wonder what Jimmy Doohan’s spirit is doing now…

  5. Pat

    May 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    What a fitting resting place, scattered among the stars. I know it’s not a Star Trek quote, but somehow this seems to fit…….To Infinity and Beyond!!!

  6. Gr8is_kate

    May 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    “Beam me up, Scotty” has a whole different meaning now….maybe not quite “beamed” but definitely gone to a better place… dust……rest in peace now, Mr. Doohan.

  7. Spacynetti

    May 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Wish you a happy time! 🙂

  8. Anthony Forster

    May 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    This time the engines did make it Scotty…farewell.

  9. Parker Freeman

    May 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Amazing! God speed.

  10. Kerem Oktay Bilgici

    June 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    He is finally where he belongs…

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