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

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor
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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.

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


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