Late ‘Star Trek’ creator, wife to blast off next year

Gene and Majel RoddenberryAs reported here earlier this month, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife, actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry, will blast off into space. Majel, the “First lady of Star Trek,” appeared in the long-running sci-fi franchise’s first episode and remained involved up until just before her her Dec. 18, having completed recording for the voice of the USS Enterprise computer system in J.J. Abrams’ summer blockbuster, Star Trek. Gene died in 1991.

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The Associated Press this week reported that Celestis, a company specializing in “memorial spaceflights,” will ship the couple’s remains into space next year, and not in 2012 as earlier reports had it.

According to the AP story:

The couple’s cremated remains will be sealed into specially made capsules designed to withstand the rigors of space travel. A rocket-launched spacecraft will carry the capsules, along with digitized tributes from fans. The Roddenberrys’ remains — and the spacecraft — will travel ever deeper into space and will not return to earth, company spokeswoman Susan Schonfeld said.

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