:(...............Ashes of astronaut, 'Star Trek' actor lost in rocket mishap
BY PATRICK PETERSON Florida Today
Thursday, August 7, 2008
CAPE CANAVERAL — The ashes of two American space icons were scattered over the Pacific instead of in orbit during the loss of a third SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket this weekend.
The orbit-bound, cremated remains of Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper and actor James Doohan, who portrayed "Scotty" on the famed television and movie series "Star Trek" -- as well as the ashes of 206 other people -- returned to Earth when the first and second stages failed to separate properly and the rocket was destroyed.
"The ashes rode with the rocket for over two minutes and then scattered over the ocean," SpaceX spokesman Diane Murphy said.