James Doohan passed away on July 20, 2005, at the age of eighty-five. In accordance to his will, we was cremated, and his ashes were launched into space on the Spaceloft XL Rocket that achieved suborbital flight for a few minutes on April 28, 2007. Later, on May 22, 2012, a small urn with his remains was carried on the SpaceX Dragon capsule, where it would remain in orbit for a longer period of several months before entering earth’s atmosphere.
A fitting tribute, don’t you think?
Happy birthday, James Doohan.