Before he died in 2005, at the age of 85, James Doohan requested that his ashes be taken into space. In 2007 a capsule containing them reached suborbital space for several minutes, but the ashes were lost for three weeks after landing in the New Mexico desert.
The following year SpaceX attempted to send a portion of them into orbit but the rocket exploded, plunged into the Pacific Ocean, and was lost.
His remains will be among those of 308 people on board a rocket being launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida by SpaceX, a company run by South African-born billionaire Elon Musk.
The mission is also the first organized by a private firm to the International Space Station, and it will deliver a “grocery run” of 1,000 lbs. of food and clothing to astronauts there.