Although “Star Trek” actor James Doohan died in 2005, his ashes were among the 320 sets that were on the just-launched SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Doohan played Montgomery Scott, the character referenced in the catchphrase “Beam me up, Scotty.”
“He would rather have flown when he was alive, of course,” said Doohan’s widow Wende Doohan. “He was this enormous fan of technology, space exploration, NASA and anything with mankind reaching out.”
Another famous name whose ashes went up in the rocket with Doohan’s was Randy VanWarmer, the songwriter of “Just When I Needed You Most.” The remains of Gordon Cooper, a Mercury 7 astronaut, were also on board.