Having given such a large part of their careers to go where no man has gone before, this is just fitting Star Trek The ashes of legends Nichelle Nichols and DeForest Kelley, who respectively portrayed Lieutenant Uhura and Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the original series, will be placed among the stars.
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Nichols and Kelly are set to travel into the unknown together aboard the memorial spaceflight company Celestis’ inaugural ‘Voyager’ level display, named Enterprise Journey In honor of its distinguished guests, who “will blast off from Planet Earth and travel beyond the Earth-Moon system, beyond the James Webb Telescope, and into deep interplanetary space – where they will join the other planets, moons, comets and asteroids of our Solar System on a never-ending journey through the cosmos.”
The Enterprise flight, which carries individual custom-made flight capsules inscribed on cremated remains, complete individual human genome DNA samples, and the names and messages of well-wishers from around the world, will be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Celestes explains.
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However, the Enterprise ship fellows will not be alone on their voyage, because “onboard the Enterprise, as appropriate, they will be [series creator Gene Rodenberry] And many of the original cast members Star Trek TV series, as well as an astronaut from the Apollo era, along with people from all walks of life, interests, and vocations.”
Among these additional posthumous guests was Lt. Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, actor James Doohan, Faith 7 L.A.’s mission astronaut. Star Trek: The Motion Picture And the 2001: space flight Trumbull, Visual Effects Supervisor, Douglas H. Trumbull, and Apollo 14 astronaut Phil Chapman.
in Official press release To announce the addition of Nichols to the trip, Charles M. Schafer, co-founder and CEO of Celestis To fans, “We are so excited to fulfill this mission, a promise I made to Majel Barrett Roddenberry in 1997 that she and her husband would one day fly. Star Trek Creator Jane Roddenberry together on a memorial spaceflight into deep space.”
The mission was named Enterprise in honor of them — as well as fellow mission co-star and beloved actor, James “Scotty” Doohan — as well as many Star Trek Fans who join them on this 20th spaceflight from Celestes Memorial,” he affirmed. “We look forward to launching this historic mission on a rocket named Vulcan.”
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Interestingly, though, Kelly’s ashes were spread across the Pacific Ocean after his ashes Death from stomach cancer In 1999, a respected fictional doctor will make his journey thanks to a lock of his hair saved by caregiver and close family friend Chris Smith.
Talking to TMZSmith explained that she donated the lock, from which the actor’s DNA was extracted and added to The Enterprise Flight’s payload, so that Kelly could take “one last trip into interstellar space.”
“I think De [a nickname used to refer to Kelley by close friends] I would have loved to “go for galaxy jumping” again with his colleagues and crew,” she added.
As of this writing, Enterprise Journey It doesn’t have a confirmed release date, but it’s set to launch later this year.
In the meantime, fans can send a greeting message to Nichols, the most recent of which was passed on July 30, 2022 via Enterprise Flight’s Official Website. Once the mission is officially scheduled, messages sent will be placed aboard a Vulcan rocket and escorted the actress on her next adventure.
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