Several cast members of ashes of Star Trek: The Original Series are due to be sent into the final frontier. This tributary mission will host a range of legendary figures of the beloved sci-fi classic. The recently passed Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura), is the top billing for this mission with a gram of her ashes being sent on the secondary mission.
Other cast members of Star Trek will also be following suite. The ashes of James Doohan (Scotty), Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Nurse Chapel), showrunner Gene Roddenberry, and visual effects designer Donald Trumbull will also be included on the launch.
The purpose of the mission is send Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander onto the moon’s surface. The launch will be taking place no earlier than December. After delivering the lander, the mission will continue on with remains of the Star Trek cast members to circle the sun in an area known as the “graveyard orbit.”
Who’s Organising This Journey for These Beloved Star Trek Cast Members?
Dubbed the “Enterprise” memorial mission, this is has been created by the company Celstis. They work in delivering memorial space flights, with this journey to achieve their goal spanning 25 years. This is also being done in collaboration with the United Launch Alliance on first “Vulcan Centaur” mission. This mission is the aforementioned delivery of the lunar payload.
Seeing this symbolic mission with the ashes of the Star Trek cast is a reminder of the impact the franchise has on so many. The historicity of the birth fandom within their adventures into the final frontier. The voices of representation in a time when it seemed alien. The first interracial kiss on television. In many ways, Star Trek went not only into their frontiers of space, but also into realm of giving a voice to the marginalised.
So, with the launch of this mission, the impact of Star Trek will once more be felt here on planet Earth. And, indeed, out into the depths of space.What do you think of this mission? Have any memories of Star Trek you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!
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Source: Universe Today