Richard Garriott Smuggled James Doohan's Ashes Aboard The ISS In 2008

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor December 30, 2020
Share:

The ashes of Star Trek actor James Doohan, who played Enterprise Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, have been orbiting aboard the International Space Station for 12 years -- and it's all thanks to prominent game designer Richard Garriott.

The son of an astronaut, Garriott famously booked a flight to the ISS back in 2008. Travelers into space are strictly limited in what kind of personal effects they can bring with them, but on that trip, Garriott managed to smuggle up "a laminated picture of Doohan and some of his ashes and put it under the floor of the Columbus," according to the Verge.

The secret was known only to the Doohan family and Garriott, who said that "we were all disappointed we didn't get to talk about it publicly" but now figured that "enough time has passed that we can." Some of Doohan's ashes had already been to space, having been placed aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 in 2012.

It's a cool story, to know that the remains of a sci-fi television pioneer have made it to the "final frontier." My takeaway, though? That Garriott was able to put something "under the floor" of the ISS where it stayed undiscovered for a dozen years. That (or maybe this) is the sort of thing that would drive a chief engineer like Scotty nuts.

Share:
Got a news tip? Contact us directly here!

In this article: Star Trek Online.

About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (1)

Allwynd 1 year ago
I wish Garriot would do cool things like this with his gaming projects, like Shroud of The Avatar for example.


You May Enjoy

(UPDATED) Proposed LotRO Changes Bring Out Pay-To-Win Accusations

(UPDATED) Proposed LotRO Changes Bring Out Pay-To-Win Accusations

But currency earnings from the cash shop are dwarfed by other means of acquisition.

By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
WoW Classic Getting Two Burning Crusade Raids Later This Month

WoW Classic Getting Two Burning Crusade Raids Later This Month

The Battle for Mount Hyjal and The Black Temple arrive on January 27.

By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Scavengers Offers Players Free Mini-Battle Pass During “Season Interlude”

Scavengers Offers Players Free Mini-Battle Pass During “Season Interlude”

The pass includes 20% more Season Points for completing challenges.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 5 days ago
Celebrate The Lunar New Year With Team Fight Tactics’ Gifts Of The Golden Lantern Event

Celebrate The Lunar New Year With Team Fight Tactics’ Gifts Of The Golden Lantern Event

Earn firecrackers, a Year of the Tiger egg, and more.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 4 days ago
Mortal Online 2's Last Beta Patch Adds House Decorations And A Journal

Mortal Online 2's Last Beta Patch Adds House Decorations And A Journal

Also: New trolls and "updated fish stats."

By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Apex Legends Introduces Freedom Fighter Mad Maggie, Coming In Season 12

Apex Legends Introduces Freedom Fighter Mad Maggie, Coming In Season 12

Also: LTM control-point mode and giveaways of three legends to celebrate third anniversary.

By Jason Winter - 15 hours ago
See More
Live Giveaways