Geek Trivia

Which Sci-Fi Actor’s Ashes Were Launched Into Space Multiple Times?

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James Doohan
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Answer: James Doohan

Actor James Doohan was best known for his role as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the iconic Sci-Fi television series Star Trek. Throughout the series, the subsequent movies, and even as a talented voice actor representing multiple characters in the animated series, Doohan was an energetic component of the Star Trek franchise. Unbeknownst to many people, Doohan’s talents as a voice actor were behind the Vulcan and Klingon languages heard in the early Star Trek films.

After his death in 2005, plans were set in motion to honor a request in his will: to send a portion of his ashes into space. In a turn of events befitting someone who had inspired so many towards an interest in the sciences and space travel, Doohan’s ashes were sent into space not but twice. In 2007 a small container of Doohan’s ashes were sent into temporary low-Earth orbit aboard the rocket SpaceLoft XL before returning with the payload to Earth. In May of 2012, another portion of his ashes were flown aboard the Dragon spacecraft as part of a demonstration flight.