“First Star to the Right, and Straight on ’till Morning!”

Star Trek’s Scotty’s ashes will be lifting off this morning on this mornings Falcon 9 launch. Beam me up Scotty!

Paying a minimum of $2,995 to Celestis, Doohan and 307 other people’s capsules will be launched from the Falcon 9 rocket nine minutes into the flight.

Once there Doohans capsule will begin a decaying orbit of the Earth that will last between 10 to 240 years, ‘until it reenters the atmosphere, harmlessly vapourising like a shooting star.’

Because a cremated person’s ashes weigh up to eight pounds, the cost of sending them all into space would be prohibitive, that is why small one or seven gram capsules are used according to Good Morning America.

It is also the reason why portions of Doohan’s ashes still remain after the 2008 mishap in the $8.5 million Falcon 1 rocket.

via ‘Scotty’ from Star Trek’s ashes will boldly go into orbit finally as part of historic first commerical space flight to International Space Station | Mail Online.

SpaceX Dragon To Make History With Saturday Launch

Here is praying for fair weather and a successful voyage. Lift-off is scheduled for 4:55 a.m. Eastern.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private spacecraft stands ready to launch on a historic first visit to the International Space Station tomorrow (May 19).

via Private Rocket to Make History With Saturday Launch | SpaceX Dragon | Space.com.

Dragon Capsule Launch to Space Station this Weekend

Finally. Looks like Saturday morning if all goes as planned.

The private spaceflight company SpaceX is preparing to launch a robotic capsule to the International Space Station this week, following a series of delays that postponed the historic first flight of a commercial spacecraft to the orbiting outpost.

SpaceX is slated to launch its Dragon capsule to the space station atop the company’s own Falcon 9 rocket on May 19 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is set for 4:55 a.m. EDT (0855 GMT).

via SpaceX Launching Dragon Capsule to Space Station May 19 | Space.com.