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'Star Trek' actor James Doohan's ashes in orbit

May 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
James Doohan, known to fans as "Scotty" from "Star Trek," made one last trip into space.

His ashes, along with those of 300 others made their way to their final resting place in space.

The ashes were aboard SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket that blasted into orbit Tuesday as part of an in-space for-profit burial business. The ashes were in a special container in the second stage of the rocket. That section was jettisoned about 10 minutes after launching a capsule full of supplies for the International Space Station.

The container with the ashes will remain in orbit for about a year and then burn up as it returns to earth.

The remains included that of Gordon Cooper and Bob Shrake. Cooper was one of America's famous Mercury seven astronauts, and Shrake was an engineer who designed spaceship control instruments for NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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