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Final Frontier: Star Trek Fan's Ashes to be Launched into Deep Space

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Final Frontier: Star Trek Fan's Ashes to be Launched into Deep Space

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In a unique and touching tribute, the family of Gloria Knowlan, an 86-year-old Star Trek enthusiast, have arranged for a part of her ashes to be launched into space. The launch, organized by Celestis Inc., will carry the remains or DNA samples of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, his wife Majel Barrett Roddenberry, and Original Series stars Nichelle Nichols, DeForest Kelley, and James Doohan. The launch will take place from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan 8.

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Memorial Capsules Journeying into Deep Space

This launch is significant, not just for the tribute it pays to these Star Trek aficionados, but also for the journey it will undertake. The rocket carrying the capsules is expected to land about 330 million kilometers from Earth, travelling further than the orbit of Mars. This marks the first time Celestis Inc. has offered a trip into 'deep space.' The capsules on this journey will not eventually fall to Earth, unlike previous missions.

Celestis Inc: Pioneers in Memorial Space Flights

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Celestis Inc., an American company, has been providing 'memorial space flights' for over 20 years. The company has taken small capsules containing human remains or DNA samples into space as a unique way to memorialize those who had a fascination with the cosmos. However, this is the first time the company will venture into 'deep space' with these memorial capsules.

The Enterprise Mission

The mission, endearingly dubbed as 'The Enterprise,' will carry ashes of Knowlan, a Vancouver native, alongside those of famous stars from the show she loved. The flight will also carry a sample of DNA from Wende Doohan, James Doohan's widow, who plans to attend the launch in person. The rocket itself will also serve a dual purpose, as it is set to be the first commercial spacecraft to land on the moon, with the capsules serving a 'secondary' purpose.

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A Tribute Eleven Years in the Making

Knowlan, who passed away in 2011, will finally have her last wish fulfilled. The family purchased the spot on the deep space flight shortly after her death, patiently waiting for 11 years for this mission to come to fruition. Now, Knowlan will join some of her favorite 'Star Trek' stars in deep space, marking an eternal tribute to her passion for the series.

A New Era in Space Memorials

This launch signifies a new era in memorial ceremonies, merging the fascination for space with the tribute to a loved one. As the capsules journey into the unknown, they also carry the dreams and passions of those encapsulated within, marking a fitting tribute to their love for the cosmos.

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