Scotty Catches a Lift to Space Aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 Gord McLeod May 23, 2012 News 4 Comments 92 Shares Google+ 65 Twitter 11 Facebook 9 LinkedIn 7 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 92 Shares × Y’know how it’s pretty much impossible to get anything into space unless you go through government channels via NASA or some similar… oh, wait, what? SpaceX? Private citizens? Welcome to the future! SpaceX made history early Tuesday morning (depending on where you are on the globe) by being the first privately funded commercial space vehicle to visit the International Space Station (ISS). Space X’s Dragon spacecraft delivered much-needed supplies to the station, but they also brought along a veteran space traveler as a passenger; a portion of the remains of James Doohan, Star Trek’s Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott, caught a lift aboard the Dragon in accordance with the actor’s wishes for his remains to be brought to space. It wasn’t Doohan’s first trip into space. In April of 2007, 7 grams of his ashes were sent into space for about 4 minutes as part of a suborbital flight on the SpaceLoft XL rocket. The next year they were launched again aboard the Falcon 1, but that trip failed after two minutes. This won’t be the last trip into space for SpaceX or their Dragon vessel, either; the company has plans for further launches, both to further supply the ISS and to test new launch vehicles, including the Falcon Heavy. Packing 27 Merlin rocket engines, the Heavy will be a beast. (As the name suggests, the Falcon 9 has nine of them.) 27 Merlin rockets will give the Falcon Heavy the ability to carry huge amounts of mass into space, which will lower the price per pound of a trip to the lowest point it’s ever been at in history. This can only mean good things for space exploration. Did you catch the launch? Any thoughts about it? Let us know in the comments! (via SpaceX & Weird Things) 4 Responses Yelkereb May 23, 2012 So not for nothing but they haven’t actually docked with the space station yet. They just announced they’ve been green-lighted for the fly-by. If that is successful they should get the go ahead to attempt to dock as well, probably on Friday. So far the only thing they’ve done successfully is reach orbit. Don’t get me wrong, I love what SpaceX is doing but they haven’t yet accomplished what you’re giving them credit for. Rizwan May 23, 2012 true indeed! The real test is when these guys will get a green light to doc and they successfully doc with ISS. It is THEN their true metal will be tested! Rizwan May 23, 2012 true indeed! The real test is when these guys will get a green light to dock and they successfully dock with ISS. It is THEN their true metal will be tested! Gord McLeod May 23, 2012 Fair enough, that’s true. It is pretty easy to get excited about, isn’t it?