- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 22, 2006

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scotty will be blasted into space — not beamed up — and Gordo is returning for his third flight.

The planned launch sometime in March of a rocket carrying the ashes of actor James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott on “Star Trek,” and Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper will give a fitting send-off to two men who helped popularize human space exploration.

The craft also will hold the ashes of 185 others, including a telephone technician, a nurse and a college student. Their families paid $995 to $5,300 for the flight, being conducted by one of a handful of growing businesses hoping to give a space experience to the common folk.

“It broadens the market, which is important to us because our whole business plan is about getting more people access to space,” said Harvin Moore of Space Services Inc. of Houston, which is sponsoring the ashes flight.

Space Services’ planned launch next month from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California will be the fifth “memorial spaceflight” for the company . It conducted its first “space funeral flight” in 1997 with the ashes of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and 23 others.

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