The Canadian actor James Doohan’s last wish – to have his ashes launched into space – remains unfulfilled after a rocket operated by a firm offering ‘space burials’ exploded shortly after its launch from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific.
Doohan - famous for playing Scotty the engineer in the original Star Trek series – died in 2005. A previous attempt to send some of his remains into space was also a failure.
“Fortunately, as anyone who saw the movies knows, there is still plenty of James Doohan left over for future attempts,” said a spokesman for SpaceX.
Rocket scientists say they are trying to discover the reason for the Falcon 1’s malfunction, although preliminary indications are that the engines couldnae take it.