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New Perspective: Honoring “Star Trek” Fans by Sending Them to Space

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A family of a mother with eight children, who was a devoted “Star Trek” fan, has fulfilled her wish to have her and other famous faces from the series’ remains sent into space. Gloria Nolan passed away at the age […]

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A family of a mother with eight children, who was a devoted “Star Trek” fan, has fulfilled her wish to have her and other famous faces from the series’ remains sent into space. Gloria Nolan passed away at the age of 86 in 2012, and a small portion of her cremated remains will be launched in one of 250 memorial capsules at the beginning of January.

The rocket carrying these capsules is expected to travel about 330 million kilometers from Earth, which is roughly equivalent to the orbit of Mars. Alongside Gloria Nolan’s remains, the capsules will also contain the remains or DNA samples of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, his wife Majel Barrett Roddenberry, as well as stars from the original series, Nichelle Nichols, DeForest Kelley, and James Doohan.

The organization behind this launch is the American company Celestis Inc., which has been providing “memorial spaceflights” services for two decades. With prices ranging from several thousand to $13,000, the company sends capsules with human remains or DNA into space or returns and disposes of them in Earth’s orbit. Additionally, as a tribute to the deceased, the capsules are also taken to the Moon.

Rod Nolan, Gloria Nolan’s son, stated that he believes the idea of sending a part of her remains into space alongside some of the people from the series she watched on television would have “tickled” her imagination. She became a devoted “Star Trek” fan after her husband passed away in 2002, and that love inspired her to collect replicas of spaceships. She particularly enjoyed decorating her Christmas tree with a famous alien spacecraft known as the Borg cube.

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