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The cinders of the late James Doohan, who played boss specialist Montgomery Scott on the first Star Trek TV arrangement, have been on board the International Space Station for a very long time — and the Times of London has the intriguing backstory of how it occurred. Doohan kicked the bucket in 2005 at 85 years old, and his family needed to satisfy his desire of jumping on the ISS.

Official solicitations to bring Doohan’s remains on the ISS were denied, however Richard Garriott — one of the primary private residents to go on the space station — figured out how to pirate a portion of Doohan’s remains into the space station’s Columbus module. Garriott says he took a covered image of Doohan and a portion of his remains and put it under the floor of the Columbus. He didn’t inform anybody concerning the plan — just he and Doohan’s family knew up to this point.

“It was totally undercover,” Garriott told the Times. “His family were exceptionally satisfied that the remains made it up there however we were completely frustrated we didn’t will discuss it openly for such a long time. Presently time has passed that we can.”

It’s not the first run through Doohan’s remains have made into the sky. A segment of his remains were on board SpaceX’s Falcon 1 rocket in 2008, yet that rocket bombed minutes after dispatch. Also, in 2012, a urn with a portion of Doohan’s remains flew into space on board the SpaceX Falcon 9. As per the Times, Doohan’s remains have voyaged some 1.7 billion miles across space, and have circled the Earth in excess of multiple times.

Doohan’s child Chris expressed gratitude toward Garriott for sneaking his late dad’s remains on board the ISS. “What he did was contacting — it implied such a huge amount to me, so a lot to my family and it would have implied such a great amount to my father,” he said.

A long time after his demise, Scotty is still strongly going… indeed, you know the rest.

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