on Apr 29, 2007
The remains of James Doohan, along with those of about 200 other people, are being launched into space. I hope the launch goes well. The last one (which I don’t think had any remains) spiraled out of control about nine seconds after liftoff and crashed. It would be really bad if the same happened with this one.
Also, maybe some space buffs can help me out here, because I just don’t get it: The article says that the remains “will sail into suborbital space aboard a rocket launched from the southern New Mexico desert.” Um. If it’s sub-orbital, then how in the name of Spock’s Beard is the thing supposed to stay up there? Is the goal to just send the remains up and have them fall down again? Is the idea to send it up and then let it smack into the atmosphere and disintegrate? Did this reporter screw up? Is it possible to orbit from sub-orbital space, and if so, then why is it called that?