Hopefully, one day, space will actually be the final frontier for James Doohan, the actor who played "Scotty" in the Star Trek series. Three years after his death from Alzheimer's disease, all of his ashes have still not reached their intended destination. Back in December 2006, some of Doohan's remains were to be rocketed into space, but the launch was delayed, and new plans were made for the actor's ashes, along with more than 200 other people's remains. According to Doohan's Wikipedia page, the ashes' first mission went as planned, as they were blasted into space for four minutes in April 2007 and then were parachuted back to Earth. This past Saturday, they were all set to again be shot into space and to remain there this time, but the launch failed.

Now BBC News reports that following the failure of the mission, Doohan's ashes have gone missing. It's unclear what the details of the disappearance are, but it's fair to assume that much of the rocket's contents went missing during the botched launch, which took place from the island of Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. In that case, it would seem the ashes will not actually be recovered. One of Doohan's sons wrote a message posted on BoingBoing, in which he stated that he'd like to "finish saying goodbye," and that "every launch attempt is like reliving his funeral." Apparently, according to the NY Times, another launch will happen in the future and that any unrecovered ashes will be replaced with backup ashes.
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