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Star Trek creator and star’s ashes to fly on first launch of Colorado-based ULA’s new rocket
The debut of United Launch Alliance’s new Vulcan rocket will blast off carrying remains of Star Trek’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, and one of the original TV show’s iconic stars on a memorial deep-space flight later this year. The Centennial-based company will deliver some remains of Roddenberry with his wife, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, actor James Doohan, who played Star Trek’s “Scotty,” and as many as 147 other people into a permanent solar orbit after first dropping off an Astrobotic lander at the moon for NASA. Houston-based space memorial company, Celestis Inc., arranged the flight, which will be the first commercial launch of remains outside of earth’s orbit.