Scotty's cremated remains launched on SpaceX flight
Payload includes ashes of Star Trek's James Doohan and Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper
By Irene Klotz
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When a privately owned rocket blasted off for a trial run to the International Space Station on Tuesday, it was carrying more than food and supplies for the crew.
Tucked into the rocket's second stage were the cremated remains of more than 300 hard-core space fans finally making it into the final frontier.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3:44 a.m. ET on Tuesday. The company, also known as SpaceX, replaced a faulty engine valve that triggered a last-second halt to its initial launch attempt on Saturday.