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The rocket payload containing partial ashes of astronaut Gordon Cooper and actor James Doohan Scotty on "Star Trek" was recovered Friday, 20 days after it was launched into space and parachuted back to Earth.

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The New Mexico spaceport rocket that blasted off into suborbital space by UP Aerospace on Saturday, April 28th is now an on-going search story. Recovery operations to find the rockets payload of ashes and experiments continues into next week.
Word from Jerry Larson, President of the rocket group, is that recovery of the payload has been slowed by rough, dense terrain and windy conditions in the mountains 30 miles away from Spaceport America and within the White Sands Missile Range.

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The cremated remains of actor James Doohan, who portrayed the engineer Scotty on "Star Trek," and of NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper soared briefly into space Saturday aboard a rocket.

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The ashes of Star Trek actor James Doohan have been successfully launched into space from a site in New Mexico, watched by cheering fans.
Part of the remains of the actor, who played Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, were sent about 70 miles above the earth on a private SpaceLoft XL rocket.
His widow Wende helped "press the button" for her husband's final voyage.
Doohan's ashes were accompanied by the remains of former US astronaut Gordon Cooper and those of 200 other people.
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's remains were fired into space in 1997, six years after his death.

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They had gathered before dawn for the spectacle and in the end they got the promised "fiery streak across the sky".
And all were agreed - Trekkies, anxious relatives and the gathered ranks of the media - that last night Scotty the Scottish engineer from Star Trek got the send-off he deserved.

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Scotty is beaming up for the last time -- and he's taking a late Oakwood resident with him to the final frontier.
One gram of Patricia Murray's remains will be launched into zero gravity this weekend along with those of James Doohan, who immortalized the character of Chief Engineer Montgomery (Scotty) Scott on Star Trek, and L. Gordon Cooper, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts.
Three of her four sons and several of her grandchildren will gather Saturday at Spaceport America in New Mexico as the remains of Mrs. Murray -- who was 74 when she died in 2004 -- Doohan, Cooper and more than 200 others from around the world lift off on The Legacy Flight.

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Space Services Inc. has announced that they are accepting reservations for the next Celestis Memorial Spaceflight – the Legacy Flight, scheduled for liftoff October 21, 2006 from Spaceport America, New Mexico. In this new service, the Celestis payload returns to Earth after a successful flight. They then return the flown capsule to the customer, providing them a meaningful keepsake of their loved one’s trip to space. The Legacy Flight inaugurates this newest service.

SSI`s predecessor company - Space Services Inc. of America, under the direction of Mercury astronaut Donald K. “Deke” Slayton - pioneered commercial space launches from New Mexico with its Starfire/Consort series for NASA’s Centres for Commercial Development of Space in the mid 1980s.

www.memorialspaceflights.com

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