SpaceX’s third failure sends Doohan’s ashes into the Pacific

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Gutting news: the privately-funded SpaceX rocket program fell short of orbit for the third time on Saturday night. Elon Musk, founder and financier of the Falcon 1, said that the cause was under investigation.

Launched at 11:34 p.m. after an evening of delays, SpaceX’s third attempt went well until “oscillation” was seen and on-board cameras stopped broadcasting. The first attempt was knocked out early by a fuel line leak, while the second almost made it into space.

In the long run, space travel fans have little to worry about: it’s not as if you can test a single-use space rocket, after all. The live launches are the tests. This latest wipeout carried a DoD satellite and, from NASA, an automatic laboratory and a solar sail experiment.

Also on board were the ashes of more than 200 people who wished to be shot into space after their deaths, including James Doohan, Star Trek’s Scotty.

He did, however, get to go into the blackness one time: his remains were aboard SpaceLoft, which arced into space on an experimental suborbital flight in 2007 before returning to Earth.

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5 Responses to SpaceX’s third failure sends Doohan’s ashes into the Pacific

  1. Trent Hawkins says:

    No wonder Shatner refused an offer to go in to space.

  2. LogrusZed says:

    So Doohan is mingling with Heinlein now.

  3. gonzilla says:

    Even in death, I can imagine him saying “We just can’t do it, captain. We need more power.”

  4. Halloween Jack says:

    “There be whales here!”

    /sorry

    //not really

  5. technogeek says:

    Two points to Gonzilla…

    Gods, he looks young in that photo.

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