Family members of James Doohan, who played the engineer Montgomery Scott in the original Star Trek series, told a story that was kept secret for 12 years. It turned out that in 2008 they secretly managed to send the actor’s ashes to the ISS.
According to relatives, it was the desire of Dukhan himself. This was helped by Richard Garriott, creator of the Ultima video game series. Just in 2008, he was preparing to go to the ISS as a space tourist. Then the entrepreneur carried with him ashes and a commemorative card with a photograph of the actor.
Although all crew members must go through a thorough inspection for foreign objects, then there was no time for this. Garriott hid the card with the ashes under the inner cover of the Columbus module and forbade relatives to talk about it for a while to avoid fines.
Richard said we’d better wait and keep quiet about all this. Twelve years have passed. I was very moved by the fact that he agreed to take the ashes with him, it means a lot both to me and to my whole family. That would mean a lot to my father too.
Dad had three passions: space, science and trains. He always dreamed of going into space.
Garriott noted that the family was very glad that the actor’s ashes got to the ISS, but was disappointed that it was impossible to tell about it publicly. Now enough time has passed.
James Doohan starred in Star Trek from 1979 to 1995. The actor died in 2005 at the age of 85.