Star Trek Creator’s Ashes Boldly Go To Theit Final Frontier, Taking Scotty, Nurse Rand and Arthur C. Clark's Hair; Will Aid in the Search for Intelligent Life
By Staff Writer | June 22, 2013 10:44 AM EDT
“Star Trek’s” creator will finally reach his final frontier, years after head died. The remains of Gene Rodenberry, who created the sixties science fiction classic TV series “Star Trek,” along with a hair from Arthur C. Clark, who wrote “2001: A Space Oddessy,” Majel Barrett and James Doohan will be shot into space on a Spaceport America capsule. Never to return.
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“Star Trek” creator Gene Rodenberry is finally fulfilling his dream of going to space. Years after the Star Trek creator died, a space mission will take his ashes, along with those of Nurse Chapel and Commander Scott, with it. They are also taking some hair from Arthur C. Clarke, the legendary science fiction writer responsible for “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
The remains of Gene Rodenberry, who created the classic science fiction franchise “Star Trek” as a kind of Wagon Train to Space, will ride that interstellar train himself, along with James Doohan, who played Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott (better known as “Scotty”) and Majel Barrett, Rodenberry’s wife and the actress who played Nurse Chapel, Number 1, and voiced the Enterprise Computer in the series, will be flown into space. Some of Rodenberry’s ashes have already gone where no man has gone before, shot into space on previous flights.
They are being flown into the galaxy as part of a space archive project that is being put together by Celestis, out of Houston. The company brings partial remains into space and brings them back to earth. The partial remains of the Star Trek crew won’t be coming back though.
This will be the 1,000th Spaceport America Capsule that Celestis has launched into space. The space archive will be launched by NASA next year and the capsule has been fitted with an experimental solar sail. People who want to have their remains blasted into space can pay to have digital files, photos and DNA samples sent into the stratosphere.
Gene Roddenberry was an American TV writer, producer and an optimistic futurist. He created the original “Star Trek” television series, which turned into a science fiction franchise. Roddenberry flew 89 combat missions in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II and was a Los Angeles cop before he began writing television. Rodenberry got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was an English science fiction writer, inventor and futurist, known for his short stories and novels, including “2001: A Space Odyssey” from 1968. He is part of the “Big Three” of science fiction along with Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov.
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