Gordon Cooper & James Doohan
Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (March 6, 1927October 4, 2004), also known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States. James Montgomery Jimmy Doohan (March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) was a Canadian character and voice actor best known for his role as Montgomery Scotty Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. /5
The Dragon has linked up with the ISS. Not only did it deliver supplies to the Space Station but also had some "special" passengers. Per CNN... "The cremated human remains of 320 people from more than a dozen countries were in the second stage of the Falcon and will orbit the Earth. Celestis, the company that provides memorial spaceflights, said the remains included those of James Doohan, who played Mr. Scott in the "Star Trek" television and movie series. A portion of the cremated remains of Mercury 7 astronaut Gordon Cooper were also on board. Eventually, the portion of the rocket carrying the remains will fall back to Earth and burn up in the atmosphere. Celestis Inc. charges families $2,995 to launch 1 gram of remains in this type of memorial spaceflight."
The Dragon has docked at the ISS. It carries the remains of James Doohan ("Scotty"), astronaut Gordon Cooper, and also, most importantly, the ashes of Rob Hooper, a good friend and a very old and dear friend of my husband. Rob died a few years ago of pancreatic cancer, and he would be absolutely tickled at the thought of flying with Scotty.
Remains of a number of deceased went up with Falcon 9, including James "Scotty" Doohan & astronaut Gordon Cooper. Celestis=space burial co.
James Doohan isn't the only one. 300 other people were finally laid to rest in space, including astronaut Gordon Cooper.
Beam me up Scotty: Cape Canaveral, Fla. — Scotty has finally been beamed up. The ashes of the actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on the 1960s television series "Star Trek," were launched to space this morning (May 22) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The unmanned Falcon 9 blasted off at 3:44 a.m. EDT (0744 GMT) from here at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the Dragon capsule filled with cargo bound for the International Space Station. Also packed aboard the rocket was a secondary payload carrying remains from 308 people, including Doohan and Mercury program astronaut Gordon Cooper, according to ABC News and Reuters.
James Doohan, Scotty from "Star Trek," spent his acting career whizzing through the cosmos. Gordon Cooper was one of America's famous Mercury seven astronauts. And Bob Shrake spent his work life anonymously helping send NASA's high-tech spacecraft to other planets.
Seven years after his death at age 85, James Doohan is reaching the final frontier at last. The Star Trek actor's cremated remains, along with those of Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper and 306 other people, soared into orbit aboard the SpaceX rocket in the early hours of May 22.
Another reason to be excited about tomorrow's Dragon launch. James Doohan's and Gordon Cooper's ashes will be aboard.
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