January 27, 2009

Roddenberrys To Embark On Final Mission

Bean them up, Scottie. "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and his deceased wife Majel Barrett Roddenberry are embarking on their last mission together.

The Roddenberrys' ashes will be sent into space in a year and a half, complying with their final wishes, said memorial spaceflight company Celestis Inc on Monday.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who acted in every "Star Trek" TV show and movie since the very first one, passed away on December 18 at 76 years old. She was married to creator Gene Roddenberry for 22 years when he passed away 1991. She was frequently called "The First Lady of Star Trek."

Celestis shot some of Gene Roddenberry's ashes into space in 1997, with the remains of other individuals like psychedelic drug promoter Timothy Leary.

That specific flight was launched and sent around the Earth, disintegrating upon reentering the Earth's atmosphere. However, this time Celestis will send the Roddenberrys' ashes into deep space and the launch will not return to the Earth's orbit, announced Susan Schonfeld, a spokeswoman for Celestis.

The spacecraft will be placed on a commercial rocket and propelled to a cavernous space route once it leaves the Earth's atmosphere, she stated.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry announced prior to her demise that she wished that her remains could be sent into space her late husband's, Schonfeld noted.

The launch will be postponed for a year and a half for preparation time and efforts. For the time being, fans may post messages for the Roddenberrys at Celestis.com, which will be placed on a digital file and packed along with the Roddenberrys' ashes into space.


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