Saturday, April 28, 2007

"Scotty" Gets His Wish With Final Space Launch

Actor James Doohan, famous as Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, Scotty on the Starship Enterprise, made his final journey into space on Saturday as his ashes were launched and recovered on a suborbital trip arranged by Space Services, Inc. of Houston.

Doohan, best known as the recipient of the iconic but mythical line, "Beam me up, Scotty," died two years ago. His remains and those of 200 others were rocketed to an altitude of 72 miles before returning for a soft landing outside Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

The flight was the first commercial use of Spaceport America, the world's only private operational spaceport.

Scotty was obviously in the top 5% of the marketplace in terms of intelligence, choosing a(n antique) Macintosh to help with emergency repairs when Enterprise returned to 20th century Earth.

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