August 03, 2008

She Dinna Have Enough Power

The rocket that was supposed to carry the ashes of Scotty, James Doohan, dinna have enough powerrr to make it into orbit and was lost. Somebody must have forgotten to charge the dilithium crystals.

Launch of Private Rocket Fails; Three Satellites Were Onboard

A privately funded rocket was lost on its way to space Saturday night, bringing a third failure in a row to an Internet multimillionaire's effort to create a market for low-cost space-delivery.

The accident occurred a little more than two minutes after launch, and the two-stage Falcon 1 rocket appeared to be oscillating before the live signal from an on-board video camera went dead...

The rocket was also carrying the ashes of 208 people who had paid to have their remains shot into space, including the astronaut Gordon Cooper and the actor James Doohan, who played Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the wily engineer on the original "Star Trek" television series...
Scotty was right to worry about the dilithium crystals...Considering the line for which James Doohan is most famous, the spacecraft not making it into orbit seems an even more fitting tribute to Scotty than if it had.

Besides, Scotty should have been beamed up, not shot into space aboard some primitive wessel.

Hyphal tip to Wormtown Taxi for the heads-up on this story.

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