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Dragon/Falcon 9 Launch 5/22/2012 – NASA Commercial Crew: 63 Aerospace Companies in 26 US States

Celestis, the company that offers the service of distributing human ashes in space, came to an agreement with SpaceX to launch James Doohan’s ashes on the May 2012 cargo shipment to the ISS aboard the Dragon capsule atop the Falcon 9 rocket. Doohan portrayed Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on TV’s original Star Trek® and in several movies.

James Doohan (left) visiting NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, California, is discussing the M2-F2 Lifting Body with NASA pilot Bruce Peterson

America now has 63 aerospace companies and 7 spacecraft that are safer, less expensive, and more efficient that the US Space Shuttle. On May 22, 2012 we proved that America is back in space and the US Space Program never ended.

I saw the Dragon solar arrays deploy in close-up online from a camera on board the space capsule. Meanwhile, 100s of spectators at Cape Canaveral were jumping up & down, cheering. SpaceX staff were laughing and crying. The excitement of the 1960s space program has been duplicated!

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