Doohan's Remains Returned, But Not RecoveredBy Michelle
May 7, 2007 - 5:47 PM
In a bizarre yet not altogether unexpected conclusion to the long saga of the launch of James Doohan (Scotty)'s ashes from the new spaceport in New Mexico, the payload - which returned to Earth after a sub-orbital flight - has gone missing.
The steep canyons and mountain terrain reflects the radio frequency making directional finding almost impossible," explained UP Aerospace President Jerry Larson at Live Science Blogs. He said that rough terrain and high winds in the mountainous region of the White Sands Missile Range where the ashes of over 200 individuals parachuted down after the launch.
The SpaceLoft SL-2 was launched from America's Spaceport a week ago Saturday. KOB reported that the booster portion has been tracked and recovered, but despite multiple transmitters, the payload eluded search teams last week.
StarTrek.com has video of the launch, where Doohan's widow Wende, pushed the button to ignite the rocket. The site also has video of the memorial that took place to celebrate those whose ashes were launched along with Doohan's, including astronaut Gordon Cooper and writer John Meredyth Lucas.
Hundreds of spectators watched the launch, including family and friends, news reporters and fans.