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Nichelle Nichols and Gene Roddenberry from Star Trek will send their ashes to space

Nichelle Nichols, the Star Trek legend who played Nyota Uhura and recently passed away, will be sending some of her ashes into space along with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and other series legends.

As reported by Reuters James Doohan, who played Chief Engineer Scotty on Star Trek: The Original Series, will also send his ashes into space on this mission arranged by a Texas-based company called Celestis Inc. Some of Doohan’s ashes were smuggled aboard of the International Space Station. in 2008.

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Roddenberry will be joined by the ashes of his wife Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, who played Nurse Christine Chapel on Star Trek: The Original Series, and the ashes of renowned sci-fi visual effects artist Douglas Trumbull will also be on board. Trumbull’s credits include Star Trek: The Motion Picture and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This commemorative flight will take place aboard the aptly named Vulcan Centaur rocket, which is being developed by the joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance. The mission will include more than 200 capsules of human remains and DNA for what Celestis calls its “Business Flight.”

The flight “will go inside the upper stage of the rocket which will fly into deep space, past the gravitational pull of the Earth and the Moon and eventually enter a perpetual solar orbit.”

Celestis lists some of the prices for his memorial missions, and range from the $2,495 Earth Rise Service that sends cremated remains or DNA into space in a zero-gravity environment before returning to Earth to the $12,500 Voyager Service that sends remains “way beyond the Moon” in a “permanent heavenly journey”.

Nichols, in addition to being one of the most important trailblazers in television history by becoming the first black woman to appear on a major television series, also worked closely with NASA to help recruit minorities and women for the agency. .

Roddenberry’s ashes have been sent into space before, but the first flight in 1992 saw his ashes fly into space and bring them back to Earth. There were other attempts to send her ashes into space on a more permanent journey, but they were never successful.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and in Twitter


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