They finally beamed Scotty up.
A private astronaut smuggled the ashes of James Doohan into space, fulfilling the wishes of the late actor who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on the original Star Trek series, the Times of London reports.
Richard Garriott tells the newspaper he secretly hid Doohan’s remains on the International Space Station during a 12-day mission as a private astronaut in 2008.
The ashes of the man who played the chief engineer on the USS Enterprise have now ‘boldly gone where no man has gone before,’ traveling nearly 1.7 billion miles through space during more than 70,000 orbits around the planet, according to the report.
“It was completely clandestine. His family were very pleased that the ashes made it up there but we were all disappointed we didn’t get to talk about it publicly for so long. Now enough time has passed that we can,” Garriott told the paper.
The Canadian actor famously adopted a Scottish accent for Gene Roddenberry’s original series that aired from 1966 to 1969. His character’s technical prowess navigated Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock out of countless jams as the crew of the Enterprise explored outer space and fended off aliens in the 23rd century.
Some of his ashes were briefly flown to the edge of space on a suborbital rocket in 2007, following Doohan’s 2005 death. Another attempt to launch his remains into orbit failed the next year, prompting Doohan’s son Chris to contact Garriott and arrange the covert operation.
Garriott, a video game entrepreneur and son of late astronaut Owen Garriott, paid $35 million to board a Russian Soyuz to the ISS.
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