Star Trek creator and star's ashes to fly on first launch of Colorado-based ULA's new rocket

Star Trek creator and star's ashes to fly on first launch of Colorado-based ULA's new rocket
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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.