At the Memorial for Majel Barrett Roddenberry earlier this month it was first announced that portions of the ashes of both Gene and Majel Roddenberry would be sent into deep space. Today Celestis, the memorial spaceflight company, has provided TrekMovie with more details on their final voyage, along with information on how fans can send a message along with them. We also have the video shown at the memorial.
A Deep Space Memorial for Majel and Gene
Celestis, Inc., the leading company doing memorial spaceflights, announced today that it will launch the remains of late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife, actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry – “The First Lady of Star Trek” – on a mission into deep space, thus fulfilling Majel Roddenberry’s dream of journeying through space with her husband and creative partner. The launch will take place in 2012 as part of Celestis’ Voyager Service.
This is not the first time Celestis has launched Star Trek ashes into space. Ashes of Gene Roddenberry were part of Celestis first launch back in 1997, joining Timothy Leary and 27 others. Those were sent into orbit, but eventually re-entered the atmosphere a few years later. In 2007 Celestis launched some of James Doohan’s remains in a suborbital spaceflight and in 2008 some of Doohan’s ashes were part of a Celestis orbital flight, but the rocket failed. However, for the 2012 flight, the plan is to send the ashes of the two Roddenberrys out of Earth orbit, likely to the L1 point, where they could remain in perpetuity.
You can be part of the tribute
Celestis is offering fans of Gene and Majel Roddenberry a chance to send your tribute along with their remains for the 2012 flight. They have set up a section of their website where you can write a message of tribute. All the tributes will then be digitally stored on a chip and launched into space along with the remains. Visit the Celestis site to write your tribute. You can also read other tributes online at the site.
Majel memorial images and tribute video
Roddenberry.com has put up photos from Majel’s public memorial and provided TrekMovie with a couple as well. Click on the images below to see the full gallery at Roddenberry.com.
Roddenberry Productions also provided us with the tribute video shown at Majel’s public memorial.
(note: the section from the new Star Trek film shown at the memorial is not part of the online video).