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James Doohan’s Ashes Set To Launch Into Space Saturday Morning + Statement From Family [UPDATE – Launch Postponed to May 22] May 18, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,TOS , trackback

Tomorrow is a historic day in space flight, with the launch of the first commercial supply vehicle for the International Space Station. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off Saturday morning and it has just been revealed that part of the cargo includes cremated remains of Star Trek’s original Scotty James Doohan, who passed away in 2005. More info and an exclusive statement from the Doohan family below. [UPDATE – Launch scrubbed at last second, postponed until May 22]


UPDATE: Launch Aborted, Postponed Until May 22

The countdown clock ran to T-0 at 4:55 a.m. EDT, when the rocket engines lit briefly, and then no lift off occurred. According to SpaceX, “Early data indicates that the flight computer detected slightly high combustion chamber pressure on engine 5, which prompted the computer to abort the countdown. We are reviewing the data.” Due to the launch window, a new attempt could not be made today. The next launch attempt will be on May 22, assuming all issues have been sorted by then.


Original Article:

Doohan’s ashes headed to space

While Saturday morning’s SpaceX launch has been planned well in advance, the news that the mission contains cargo from Celestis (the company that sends cremated remains to space) had been kept a secret, until today (first reported by ABC). This launch is actually a bit of a do-over for Celesits and sending some of James Doohan’s ashes into space. Back in August 2008 a different SpaceX rocket failed to reach orbit and crashed back to Earth. However, Celestis actually had back up ashes and those (along with partial remains of dozens of others including astronaut Gordon Cooper) have been loaded onto the Dragon capsule atop the Falcon 9 rocket which is set to launch at 4:55 AM (Eastern).

Doohan in his last appearance as Scotty ("Star Trek Generations")
– once again set for a journey into space

James’ son Chris Doohan, on behalf of the family, emailed TrekMovie the following statement on the launch:

I don’t look at the launch as finally putting my dad to rest. We did that a long time ago. I guess I would file it under unfinished business. Is it a cool thing? Absolutely. Is it something he wanted, for sure.

I guess they wanted to keep it a secret because of the failed attempts in the past. Truthfully, it was a secret that was kept from me as well. Likely because they didn’t want us to go through the emotional roller-coaster ride again.

Chris also confirmed that James Doohan’s widow Wende Doohan will be at Cape Canaveral in Florida to watch the launch. The launch will also be webcaset live at www.spacex.com.

Here is a video from NASA on the launch tomorrow.


1. KMKProd - May 18, 2012

First. Boldly go, Scotty!

2. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 18, 2012

Hey Chris. From all of us here at Trek Movie. All of our best wishes to you and your family.
May James Doohan Bodly go, where no man has gone before.

3. MJ - May 18, 2012

O U T S T A N D I N G ! ! !

4. Calastir - May 18, 2012

I can just imagine his character saying: “Launch tomorrow at 4:55 AM? What are ya daft man? It’ll at least take three more days just to pump the bloody fuel!”

“I’m sure you’ll manage it somehow mr. Scott.” ;-)

And good journey, mr. Doohan.

5. Vultan - May 18, 2012

Better yet: “Warp speed, Mr. Scott!”

6. VZX - May 18, 2012

Wow this is cool. Yes, best wishes to the Doohan family! I am so stoked about this. The “Miracle-worker” is what inspired me to major in physics.

7. CAPT KRUNCH - May 18, 2012

Beam him up Scotty!…
This is were Mr Doohan belongs..amongst the stars!!
Warp Speed Mr Scott!!!
Boldly going beyond……

8. Tom - May 18, 2012

I signed the first capsule back in September of 2006 when we held a convention in Seattle, it was sad it did not make it into orbit. Hopefully better success with this one.

9. Penguin - May 18, 2012

He’s bad luck for space craft ironically

10. Dee - lvs moon' surface - May 18, 2012

Aww Great news… I wish all the best… the best flight into the stars… ;-) :-)

11. I'm Dead Jim! - May 18, 2012

That’s awesome!

Much success to SpaceX and Commander Scott! Warp speed!

12. Darrell - May 18, 2012

“Failure” is always a part of success. Without it, we don’t adjust our path and move forward. What an honor – for both SpaceX, and the Doohan family. :)

13. Robert Gillis - May 18, 2012

Chris — we loved your father. he was a true Gem. I was fortunate enough to see him speak twice and even talk to him briefly. A great guy.

14. Chasco - May 18, 2012

Hope the Dragon flies this time.

#8. Tom, I think you’ll find that that capsule did make it into space, but the rocket was not intended to stay there, and looped back to earth carrying the ashes with it. It was a second, later, rocket that blew up.

And Jimmy – “All my hopes” :-)

15. Vultan - May 18, 2012

Better to invest in SpaceX than Facebook.
At least they make… something.

16. Chris Doohan - May 18, 2012

Thanks to all for your kind words. X-ing fingers this time. :)

17. AJ - May 18, 2012

Third star to the right, and straight on ’til morning.

18. Starfleet's Finest - May 18, 2012

All my hopes go with his spirt, family, and SpaceX so that Mr Doohan may finally be amongst the stars :)

19. JM Barrie - May 18, 2012


Second star

20. Amish Electrician - May 18, 2012

No Bloody Enterprise A B C Or D

21. Bruce Banner - May 18, 2012

@15. Sirius Radio is cheap right now.

With all due respect, James Doohan was an actor. Would it not be more fitting to have his ashes on the Paramount property.

22. Starman - May 18, 2012

#9) “Laddie…don’t you think you should…rephrase that?”

God speed Mr. Doohan!!

23. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 18, 2012

Bruce. James Doohan was more then an actor. He was an Inspiration for many to become Engineer’s and more. He is the simble of Bodly Going. So yes. it is very fitting for him to be in Space.
Warp Speed Scotty.

24. Calastir - May 18, 2012

He was more than an actor. I’ll also remember him as a warhero, fighting the Nazis on D-Day where he lost his finger.

He was also a husband and a father. So if he and his family want to fly his ashes to the stars, so be it. I think it’s most fitting.

25. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 18, 2012

#22. Everyone is Entitled to their opnion. #9. (Right Cross to chin).

26. n1701ncc - May 18, 2012

My 3 favorite quotes

I cannot change the laws of physics I need 30 min

I already got a one recharged [ Doomsday Machine where Scotty earned his pay for the week]

The android in the bar said I could see my old ship … The Enterprise…NCC1701… no bloodly A, B, C or D

and 2 drinking quotes

Now Drink your Drink

Does it go good with Scotch?…I’ll let you know

RIP Scotty .. a Mircle Worker

27. Vultan - May 18, 2012


And Sirius has what to do with what? Sorry, not following that.
Elaborate, please.

28. Stargazer54 - May 18, 2012

Pretty awesome.

Go Falcon! Let that Dragon fly.

If this works, we’re back in the space business. Only fitting Scotty’s along to give her a proper send off.

Hat’s off Jimmy!

29. Markus McLaughlin - May 18, 2012

Good Journeys, Jimmy Doohan, I hope you are smiling in Heaven with DeForest Kelley, Majel, and Gene…

30. Sebastian S. - May 18, 2012

Godspeed Jimmy Doohan. You were loved by so MANY fans… :-)

As for the Falcon X? Hopefully, (if successful) this will put low earth orbit into commercial reach and free up NASA (both future funding and resources) for new, bolder human flights (as well as new robotic missions) into the real final frontier (and not low earth orbit; where hundreds have gone before…).

As Han Solo says, “I’ll get her out on the Falcon….” ;-)

31. Starbase Britain - May 18, 2012

‘Thats the ticket Laddie!’.

Mr Doohan, your fans are with you.

Warp spped and may the wind be at our backs.

The greatest chief engineer of them all. Thanks for everything.


32. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - May 18, 2012

Very cool. My best wishes for The Doohan family. We love Scotty!!

33. hissy1701 - May 18, 2012


34. AJ - May 18, 2012

I met Jim Doohan twice during paid appearances, and while this has been said by thousands, I must say, he was such a sweetheart with the fans.

As a post-teen nerd going down the line to get a book signed (“Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise,” 1984), he just turned my nervousness off with a handshake and a smile. These days, you’d call him an ‘ambassador of the brand.’ He was all that and more.

#19 JM Barrie: Thanks for the course correction!

35. Christopher Roberts - May 18, 2012

“We Are All Made of Stars…”
                                                               –    Moby

36. crazydaystrom - May 18, 2012

Warp speed, Mr. Doohan.

37. Liz Denham - May 18, 2012

Scottish Toast:

Cha bhithidh a leithid ami riamh.

(His equal will never be among us again.)

Godspeed Mr. Doohan! And Godspeed SpaceX!

38. CmdrR - May 18, 2012

God speed, Mr. Doohan.

39. Gary S. - May 18, 2012

Godspeed , Warp Factor 10.
Thanks, Doohan.

40. Rowan AisLynn - May 18, 2012

Was inspired to learn physics by scotty. Fell in love with quantum physics and learned anything is possible. So godspeed Jimmy, we all love you! May you find your rightful place among the stars.

41. Red Dead Ryan - May 18, 2012

May James Doohan boldly go where no man has gone before.

Warp speed, Mr. Scott!

42. DonDonP1 - May 18, 2012

Fascinating. May James Doohan and his spirits ‘boldly go where no one has gone before.’ May his soul ‘live long and prosper.’ Godspeed. All our hopes. Warp drive, Mr. Scott. Engage!

43. WannaBeatle - May 18, 2012

I still miss Jimmy (as well as De, Gene and Majel). I never got to speak to him…only saw him at the 25th Anniv con at the Shrine over here in LA (Gene’s last appearance). But, he seemed to be a very likable guy…even though he’s Canadian—I keed, I keed.

44. starbaseaurora - May 18, 2012

I have fond memories of having dinner with Jimmy in Muncie Indiana. He then joined our caravan headed to the Trek convention in Columbus Ohio. Of course one of the cars had a problem and Jimmy pulls over with the rest of us, looks intently under the hood and says, “But koptan, I doon’ kno whas wrrrong…”. I laughed until I cried. Gods speed Jimmy.

45. Chris Miles - May 18, 2012

I have been following Space X for years. We seem to have a true Tony Stark in Elon Musk- the man runs, like 3 tech companies. Jeez!

I did not know until today that James Doohan’s ashes would be traveling on tomorrow’s historic ISS rendezvous.

@Chris Doohan- you know, I never really wanted to be Kirk as a kid- I always wanted to be messin’ with the engines. Now I’m an engineer, generally tryin’ to make things a wee bit better. Good thoughts of your dad from me and my family this evening.

All our hopes for a successful launch – Mr Doohan so deserves it.

GodSpeed Scotty.

46. mazzer - May 18, 2012

What? I thought this happened about 20 years ago.

47. Wilson7777 - May 18, 2012

I missed the launch by a week!

48. Red Dead Ryan - May 18, 2012


James died in 2005. Obviously this couldn’t have happened 20 years ago…

49. NCM - May 18, 2012

Well said @2. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire

‘All of our best wishes to you and your family.
May James Doohan Boldly go, where no man has gone before.’

and @24. Calastir

“He was more than an actor. I’ll also remember him as a war hero, fighting the Nazis on D-Day where he lost his finger… He was also a husband and a father.”

50. Nick Cook - May 18, 2012

Fingers crossed. Third star to the right… :)

51. Chasco - May 18, 2012

Jimmy was interested in space, science and technology for real – Scotty was given technical journals to read because one of the writers saw Jimmy reading them on the set.
He was also involved with NASA from the earliest days of Star Trek – see http://www.flickr.com/photos/pingnews/493930663/

As others have said: he was way, way more than “just” an actor.

52. JM Barrie - May 19, 2012


Second star

53. Penguin - May 19, 2012

And the bad luck of scotts ashes strike again. Space x aborted launch due to engine chamber problem.

54. Trekman_dave - May 19, 2012

God speed

55. Eric Cheung - May 19, 2012

53: Here’s a link to that story:


56. Trekman_dave - May 19, 2012

Dam it’s been aborted

57. Alisa - May 19, 2012

Blame it on the “trainies.” The more they over think the plumping the easier it is to stop up the draiin. Perhaps “Scotty” is trying to tell them something.

“You should have put me on the last shuttle mission, laddy.”

58. VZX - May 19, 2012

Awww, man! But I think can launch again on Tuesday, right?

59. Thorny - May 19, 2012

SpaceX has come back from last second glitches like this before and launched a half-hour or an hour later. That wasn’t an option this morning because the launch window was instantaneous (only one second long). They can only launch every third day due to orbital mechanics. Next opportunity is Tuesday morning, assuming they dont’ have to replace Engine 5 or do some other major work. They have a few more opportunities this month, then they have to wait until mid-June.

60. Sebastian S. - May 19, 2012

Looks like the ISS’ cargo module (along with the 1701-B’s photon torpedoes, tractor beam and medical staff)… won’t arrive until Tuesday.


Better luck this Tuesday, Falcon/Space X! One abort does NOT a failure make. It’s far wiser to have an abort on the ground than a disaster shortly after liftoff. I am thrilled that this may truly signal the task-handoff of US low earth orbit activities to the private sector (the Dragon capsule is easily modified for passengers; and if this works? It may be the new crew ferry vehicle in a few years).

Maybe this will free NASA up for future manned missions to the asteroids and maybe even that long-promised international flight to Mars someday. Hell, at this point, I’d be happy with a more robust itinerary of unmanned robotic exploratory missions (that’s where the real science is done). After the Curiosity rover and the (2018) James Webb space telescope, NASA’s unmanned mission dance card is empty…. :-o

61. Sebastian S. - May 19, 2012

With the name “Falcon” and the aborted launch this morning, I kept hearing Han Solo in my ears saying, “Oh yeah? Watch THIS….”


62. Christopher Doohan - May 19, 2012

Oh well, better luck next time. Glad I didn’t make that trip to Florida

63. Anthony Pascale - May 19, 2012

Chris Is Wende going to stay in FL for the 22nd?

64. Christopher Doohan - May 19, 2012

Not sure, but since it’s only a few days, I would think so

65. Chasco - May 19, 2012

Chris, does Sarah have to get back for school?

66. Christopher Doohan - May 19, 2012

Wende is staying for the possible Tuesday launch.

67. Marc B. Lee - May 19, 2012

Hi Chris. I had the pleasure of introducing Wende once again during my 5 minute speech for this ceremony. Sarah has grown to be a very pretty young lady. The next morning we all met to watch the launch and were very optimistic after his small glitch that the Falcon 9 will definitely rise.

I’m getting Wende and Sarah into Universal and Disney this week.

68. Sebastian S. - May 19, 2012

I hope I can watch the launch live on Tuesday (or at least DVR it). Pretty sure NASA TV will carry it.

I look very forward to the day when the Falcon/Dragon will take people into orbit as well. Much good for the future of private sector space travel will come from this launch (and not just the ISS’ supplies….). ;-)

69. Shilliam Watner (Click Name for Trek Poster) - May 19, 2012

I hope James makes it to space eventually. What would be more fitting?

70. Sebastian S. - May 20, 2012

# 70.

Ol’ Scotty would have had the Falcon fixed and off the launch pad that morning…. ;-)

71. Sebastian S. - May 20, 2012

Oops! I meant post #69 (Shilliam), not my OWN post (# 70)

Yet another ‘senior moment’ of mine…. ;-P

72. NCM - May 20, 2012

What this mission needs is to have Scotty out of retirement. Either way, the miracle worker will make it back to the stars when he’s good and ready and not a minute before.

73. Aashlee - May 22, 2012

The Falcon 9 rocket launched successfully with the unmanned Dragon craft on a test flight to the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 3:44 a.m. Eastern time.

To the stars, Jimmy Doohan, and thanks…

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