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Remains of James Doohan Lost in New Mexico

CowboyNeal posted more than 7 years ago | from the red-shirts-all-around dept.

Sci-Fi 220

caffiend666 writes "According to a Space.com news article the cremated remains of 200 people were lost in the mountains after their trip to space. 'The search for the UP Aerospace payload of experiments and the cremated remains of some 200 people — including "Scotty" of Star Trek fame, as well as pioneeering NASA Mercury astronaut, Gordon Cooper — continues within rugged New Mexico mountain landscape.' Is it just me, or does it seem appropriate that they lost the landing party? Here's to a safe recovery!"

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No problem. (4, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 7 years ago | (#19076839)

Spock will figure out the only logical place it could be.

Re:No problem. (4, Funny)

srmalloy (263556) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077619)

I guess the engines really couldn't take it...

Re:No problem. (0, Redundant)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077795)

someone should have warned them, "the engines, they cannae take much mare a this!"

Re:No problem. (0)

rob_squared (821479) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077627)

Too bad it wasn't Mexico. If I had to be lost somewhere, it'd be the land of Latinas and tequila.

Poor Gordo Cooper... (3, Funny)

Blackbrain (94923) | more than 7 years ago | (#19076863)

As Gordo would have said: "Looks like someone screwed the pooch on this one".

Clever... (4, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 7 years ago | (#19076867)

He *knew* the Nexus was going to go through that exact point.

Re:Clever... (1)

dilbert627 (561671) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077149)

Either that, or the Genesis project is being developed at Area 51.

Obvious (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19076871)

He was always wearing a red shirt. It was inevitable that he would be lost.

Re:Obvious (4, Funny)

Infoport (935541) | more than 7 years ago | (#19076975)

no, it is only the new crewmen in red shirts who are doomed. If you have a nickname, you are pretty much safe.

and being Ensign something, well you might as well leave your good boots at home for someone else.

Re:Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077457)

Bu-dump-bump plus cymbal.

Someone will say that Scotty was protected because he had a name and wasn't of "ensign" rank. I'd say that he lasted soooooo long, but the power of the red shirt killer was simply too great to overcome.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redshirt_(character) [wikipedia.org]

Note that Uhura also wore red. http://www.megomuseum.com/startrek/uhura.html [megomuseum.com]

Re:Obvious Umm.. ."Where No... (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078085)

Man Has Gone Before"...

Scotty: Beige-ish shirt.

IIRC, he also was in beige in the episode with Captain Pike...., in the "flash-backs"

what (2, Interesting)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 7 years ago | (#19076901)

It sounds like this landing did what they wanted it to other than the fact they lost the thing- which makes me wonder why they didn't think of using a tracking beacon of some sort rather than calculating where the thing was. all they would need to do is go toward ths signal.

Re:what (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19076953)

Im not understanding the problem here, from the article it sounds like the whole thing was a-ok, just the post launch hardware didnt land where it was supposed. If the rocket did what it was supposed to why would the remains and other crap have come back to earth?!

Re:what (5, Informative)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077015)

If the rocket did what it was supposed to why would the remains and other crap have come back to earth?
because it was never meant to leave Earth completely, it was SUPPOSED to come back down

Re:what (2, Funny)

jddj (1085169) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077045)

Or just put a tractor beam on it on the way down.

Wow, they weren't retarded. (4, Informative)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077119)

They did use a tracking becon. As far as they can tell, it is still working, to a couple km (diameter) circle. Unfortunately it landed in mountainous terrain, and "go[ing] towards the signal" is a physical impossiblity. (Okay, not impossible, but quite difficult). Also, the terrain is messing with the signals.

Next week (no hurry I suppose), the manufacturers of the tracking device are bringing more sensitive equipment and more experienced searchers to search for it.

Re:Wow, they weren't retarded. (1)

rbanffy (584143) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077817)

Mental note: Always use a GPS beacon. This way we know where it is all the time.

Someone failed grade 5 math (0)

Rix (54095) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077821)

Take directional measurements at two points. See where they cross.

Re:Someone failed grade 5 math (4, Insightful)

afaik_ianal (918433) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078001)

... and somebody failed physics.

If they followed your suggestion, they probably wouldn't find it. The signals in mountainous terrain bounce all over the place.

Even if it were that simple to locate, you've still got to get in there to pick it up.

Raise your hands (5, Insightful)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19076917)

Who else thinks the whole idea is kinda retarded? I mean, in the beginning I thought the ashes of those people will be dispersed in space, which was very strong as a symbol and a ceremony, of sorts.

But carry them in space and land them (and now .. to lose them)? What the hell was the effin point of this whole thing?

Re:Raise your hands (1)

Infoport (935541) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077013)

hey now, everybody who has actually been to space stand up

(wish I could just go up to space and back)

although ejected would have made a lot of sense...but then wouldn't they have had to give it a ceremony, like when Spock was launched into space (with Scotty playing a dirge on the bagpipes, flag over it, etc) ?

Re:Raise your hands (1)

Keys1337 (1002612) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077145)

FOR CHRISTS SAKE!!! You know damn well he can't stand anymore! He's just a clump of ash in a can. j/k

Re:Raise your hands (4, Funny)

BlargIAmDead (1100545) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077029)

I think the point was to see how the remains of several cremated people reacted to zero g conditions. We now now that when subjected to these certain conditions they gain enough intelligence to outsmart NASA :)

His Last Words (4, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077073)

"Yah c'nt bury me, yoo got na ashes!"

Re:Raise your hands (0, Redundant)

Clazzy (958719) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077133)

What the hell was the effin point of this whole thing?
They simply haven't invented photon torpedos yet so can't blast their corpses into space.

Re:Raise your hands (4, Insightful)

Saeger (456549) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077167)

*shrug* Most cultures are still obsessed with the mind's dead vessel; that's not going to change overnight.

IMO, both cremation & cemeteries are a huge waste of resources. When I finally get around to writing my Will, it'll include something to the effect: "If my pattern of mind is beyond repair, drop my naked nutrient-rich matter into a vertical hole and plant a tree. I forbid energy-wastful cremation, and burial in a rip-off casket in a drab cemetery surrounded by giant obelisk phallic symbols..." Of course, there's probably some business-friendly laws which says that's illegal.

Re:Raise your hands (2, Informative)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077287)

IMO, both cremation & cemeteries are a huge waste of resources.

Cremation is useful in that it avoid infection spreading (especially, but not limited to when the man/woman died froma dangerous infection disease). It gets cremated and can be dealt with with much less resources.

But dropping the vessel from space and losing the ash in a forest isn't exactly what I imagined it should be like.

Re:Raise your hands (2, Informative)

sendai2ci (629417) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077317)

Claim that it is your religion, PC should still trump business-friendly.

Islamic burial traditions for one specifies burial without a coffin, with markers or any sort discouraged. Although they are laid on their right side with their face towards Mecca...

Re:Raise your hands (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077329)

nah it's just that depending on where you want that tree, you might be considered a biohazard. Can't have you leeching germs into the local water supply or whatever.

Re:Raise your hands (1)

Black-Man (198831) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077377)

Yeah... except you're probably considered toxic waste considering a life of ingesting pesticides, heavy metals, and drugs.

Re:Raise your hands (1)

veganboyjosh (896761) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078037)

considering a life of ingesting pesticides, heavy metals, and drugs.

i don't see what my high school years have to do with anything...

Re:Raise your hands (1)

Icarus1919 (802533) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077453)

You're right. Cremation and burial is definitely a huge waste of resources. We should leave bodies where they fall; it's a safe, clean alternative.

Re:Raise your hands (4, Interesting)

value_added (719364) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077537)

"If my pattern of mind is beyond repair, drop my naked nutrient-rich matter into a vertical hole and plant a tree. I forbid energy-wastful cremation, and burial in a rip-off casket in a drab cemetery surrounded by giant obelisk phallic symbols..." Of course, there's probably some business-friendly laws which says that's illegal.

I had this in mind when I chose to bury two of my dogs in the backyard. Looking back on the experience (I ended up with two small plaques and planting some flowers and shrubs), I don't regret my decision. I could write an essay on the subject, but it should suffice to say it just seemed like the right thing to do. From every point of view.

Whether the above is legal, I don't know. My guess is that it isn't. Once upon a time people (at least those who owned land) had family cemeteries. Maybe someone here who knows more about such traditions could enlighten us. At any rate, today, at least here in California, burying someone on private land, irrespective of whether you own one acre of land or 1000 acres, was made illegal sometime in the 1920s (?).

It's kind of shame, really. Obviously, we can't all just around burying people just anywhere (broadband deployment is complicated enough), but there's something to be said for being buried in the dirt, and having someone come along and plant some grass or a tree where you were laid to rest.

Recyling at its best.

Re:Raise your hands (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19078157)

I had this in mind when I chose to bury two of my dogs in the backyard.

How did you get them to stay there? Mine always dig themselves out.

Re:Raise your hands (4, Informative)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077663)

Well spoken. It's an industry. The one thing I remember when my grandfather died (it was an insanely emotional period - my other grandfather had just died a week earlier, both unexpected), the undertakers were there in no time and asked my grandmother: "do you want him to be buried in first class or second class ground?" (literally). What is she supposed to say at such a time? Of course she chose "first class", thinking she would honour him that way. In reality, she just paid a lot of money.. for what? I was quite disgusted.

Re:Raise your hands (3, Informative)

freaker_TuC (7632) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078107)

My grandma has died 2 months ago, the government already closes the bank account at first knowledge of death. This to pay the expenses of the undertakers, the church service, the after service (in Belgium with coffee cakes and sandwiches, because it's a tradition to eat and talk with the relatives around in a room/tables) and some other expenses...

These expenses start with the "cheapest" which is not really "cheap" anymore but rather expensive and if you want to be buried with some decency (which won't change anything for you anymore anyways), the bill will be -very- expensive/uncatholic ... It seems to be a profitable business, maybe some idea through the web *shrug*

Re:Raise your hands (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077675)

I've always told people that:

1.) I don't care what you do with my body after I've died,
2.) unless my death is suspicious. Then I want to be buried and preserved as best as possible, so that if the police later decide they need clues and want to exhume my body, they can.

Re:Raise your hands (1)

Maxx169 (920414) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078071)

I've made it very clear to my other half that I want to be stuff and left on the couch. Preferably in an intimidating pose.

Re:Raise your hands (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19078109)

Hopefully you'll be more interesting of a compost heap than you did as a human being, eh loser? "I forbid energy-wasteful cremation..." Just goes to show that the Internet acts like a giant magnet for all the insane fuckers in the world. Get yourself some medication.

Re:Raise your hands (2, Interesting)

feyhunde (700477) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078225)

The laws aren't Business-Friendly, they are related to public health. Lets say I did what you wanted and planted you in a shallow grave with no casing and planted a tree. While a very nice gesture, your bodies' parasites and fungi live on. And if you died of say, Cholera, your Cholera rich body is leaking it into the ground water. While there is a racket associated with much of the funeral biz, and much of it is greedy, there is reason behind the laws. Burial laws are in place to be a public health issue, and are written in river valleys where water tables make it so that naked corpses in shallow holes spread disease. Now what I like are cremation with a few options for ashes. A caveat for incase of foul play of course. I like spreading my ashes as an option. Burying an urn is what my grandparents had done (they are in national cemeteries). While the last option that sounds nice is get your ashes compressed into a Diamond/Diamond like gem. I'm morally against to normal Diamond due to the economics. However, I like the idea of having my ashes in a Diamond that can be given to my grandchildren and on down the generations.

Re:Raise your hands (3, Funny)

Ignis Flatus (689403) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077221)

What the hell was the effin point of this whole thing?
to make money, of course. it was a private enterprise.

Re:Raise your hands (4, Funny)

prelelat (201821) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077353)

to make money, of course. it was a private enterprise.
I can't tell if that was a pun or not.

Either way good call.

Re:Raise your hands (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077371)

Human beings and cultures across the world are obsessed with symbolism - and death.

A lot of things we do, intentionally or otherwise, are deeply symbolic in nature.

And one but needs to look at the various religions to understand our fascination with death.

So, combine the two and you are bound to get some weird (and occasionally interesting) results.

Re:Raise your hands (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077445)

And one but needs to look at the various religions to understand our fascination with death.

Religion doesn't have a fascination with death. Religion has a fascination with using the fear of death to control their followers. Indeed, religion has about as much fascination with death as it does life.

Re:Raise your hands (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077589)

But carry them in space and land them (and now .. to lose them)? What the hell was the effin point of this whole thing?

Why to boldly go where no cremated remains had gone before of course!!!

That said I agree with you - what a waste of money, time, and resources.

Re:Raise your hands (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077633)

Agreed. I thought it was so very cool he was going to have his ashes sent into space. Like a burial at sea but so much better.
Has anyone ever heard of foregoing a burial at sea for sending the ashes on a frickin boat ride? To return later?

-"How was your trip?"
-"Great! We reached the zenith of pointless stupidity!"

I don't know what's more disappointing, the final place these ashed end up, or the living people who are behind this whole thing.

Re:Raise your hands (1)

Trogre (513942) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077665)

You'd have to make damn sure they left orbit completely, or there's going to be some pretty messed up space trips in future decades.

You know, space junk and all that.

Sad :( (0, Redundant)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 7 years ago | (#19076925)

Scotty always wore a red shirt :(

Re:Sad :( (4, Insightful)

DumbSwede (521261) | more than 7 years ago | (#19076981)

In the game of life we are ALL wearing red shirts

Re:Sad :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077255)

I'm not. I'm not wearing a shirt. Or pants.

Re:Sad :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077653)

I'm a nudist, you insensitive clod!

(hmm... waiting, waiting, waiting.. Lameness filters always seem to take the thrill of spontaneity away.)

Re:Sad :( (1)

endlessoul (741131) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078249)

Damn, man. That was deep.

I mean +10 Insightful deeeep.

This is too beautiful a setup... (0, Offtopic)

chris_eineke (634570) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078271)

In Soviet Russia, Red Shirts wear (were) you!

clear throat, cue theremin (5, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 7 years ago | (#19076927)

Rural New Mexico, the final frontier. These are the remains of James Doohan. Its five-minute mission: to explore cactus and scrub mesas; to not burn up and burst its canister; to boldly go where no cremated remains have gone before.

oooooo waaaahhh, wah wah wah wah wah....

Re:clear throat, cue theremin (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077197)

oooooo waaaahhh, wah wah wah wah wah
oooooo waaaahhh, wah wah wah wah waaaaahhh (ooo wah wah wah ooo waah waah)
oooooo, wah wah wah wah wah wah, oooo, waaaaah waaaaah
ooo wah wah wah wah waaaaaaaaaaaah

Re:clear throat, cue theremin (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077707)

You left out the whooshing...

Re:clear throat, cue theremin (1)

dotgain (630123) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078047)

Whoosh!

Re:clear throat, cue theremin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077585)

Please post this with a Creative Commons License. I sooooooooo want to use it.

Sent into space? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19076933)

Man, if I was, like, "Send my ashes into space when I die" and they were like, "OK, we can send you in a suborbital trajectory", I'd be all like, "Fuck that bitches, I said SPACE".

Somewhere, (0, Redundant)

greenguy (162630) | more than 7 years ago | (#19076935)

James Doohan is having a good chuckle. And then rolling his eyes.

Re:Somewhere, (1)

MorpheousMarty (1094907) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077209)

You were lucky to have a LAKE! There were a hundred and fifty of us living in shoebox in middle of the road.

Not again, (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19076979)

This is the second time he's put himself into a transporter loop waiting for rescue.
Clevernickname better get off his blog and go get him.

Re:Not again, (1)

ICA (237194) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077997)

If only I had moderator points, that is one of the best comments I have read in a long time.

Damn it Jim! (4, Funny)

nihilistcanada (698105) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077005)

I am a doctor not an orbital scientist!

Searching in the wrong place... (4, Funny)

ChangeOnInstall (589099) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077139)

Has anyone checked ebay yet?

Summary is incorrect (2, Informative)

treeves (963993) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077211)

Nitpick: TFA says they didn't get into space. TFS says "remains of 200 people were lost in the mountains after their trip to space."

Re:Summary is incorrect (1)

Doppleganger (66109) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077265)

TFA says, in its summary, "Cremated Remains of 200 Lost in Mountains After Trip to Space".

TFA also says "the UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket and its payload nosed into space on a suborbital trajectory"

Where does it say they didn't get into space?

Re:Summary is incorrect (1)

Jarjarthejedi (996957) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077363)

I think he's classifying space as orbital and beyond, not suborbital.

Re:Summary is incorrect (1)

Sabaki (531686) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077291)

Hmm. The article I read says it did get into space:

After a successful blastoff from New Mexico's Spaceport America on April 28th, the UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket and its payload nosed into space on a suborbital trajectory. As part of launch operations, the rocket was tracked by specialists at the neighboring White Sands Missile Range.

Genesis (0)

Expertus (1001346) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077259)

Looks like they missed the the planet Genesis by quite a bit.

proprietary crap must be the problem .. (1)

freaker_TuC (7632) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078011)

must be because of darn gps problems, the federation had better launching and tracking technology...
that will teach them to use proprietary crap!

as lame as it sounds? (1)

hurfy (735314) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077267)

"...location of the rocket hardware is known within some 1,300 feet (400 meters) or so. But given the dense vegetation on the side of the mountain being searched, along with equipment available to the search team, pinpointing the exact locale has proven a tough assignment.

Yet another trip up on the mountain is slated next week, Larson said.

Joining the search this time is the manufacturer of the transmitters onboard the rocket gear."

Excuse me....transmitters and parachutes and known within 1300 feet and you couldn't find it?!? What is their idea of a transmitter..an RFID tag glued to a button battery? Or did they not think to include a matching receiver in the recovery team?!!?

Good aim tho to hit the only vegatation in New Mexico ;p

Re:as lame as it sounds? (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077379)

Did you miss the part about it being on the side of a mountain? how about the part where the radio signals are bouncing around the canyon walls creating echo's and false readings?
When was the last time you climbed a mountian? searching them isn't always a walk in the park in your tennis shoes.

Heck you didn't even have to RFTA just the comments to learn that much. Slashdot is definitely going down hill.

Re:as lame as it sounds? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077413)

Excuse me....transmitters and parachutes and known within 1300 feet and you couldn't find it?!?
Finding a wreck in the wilderness is hard. Note that a circle with a 1300ft radius is about half a mile on a side, and covers about 120 acres. It's tough to find a relatively small bunch of equipment in the middle of all that.

About ten years ago a business jet crashed into the woods near their destination airport in New Hampshire while landing. Despite a concerted effort by rescue crews to find the wreck in order to rescue the people on board and the fact that the aircraft was being tracked on radar right up to the accident and it crashed at a fairly well known location about 20 miles from the airport, the wreck of the jet was not found for almost three years.

Breaking news... (4, Funny)

fireman sam (662213) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077281)

The ship has been found, but unfortunately everyone on board have been confirmed dead. :(

Re:Breaking news... (1)

fireman sam (662213) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077751)

Insightful? WTF are the slashdot mods been smoking?

Re:Breaking news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077867)

I believe that he is implying that it doesn't matter that their remains are lost, as they are already dead. I as much as anybody else respected "Scotty" and some others who were flown up but it's not like their ashes will do them or us any good.

Too much shore leave again... (1)

mdsolar (1045926) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077303)

He'll get recovered.

Maybe Will Robinson (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077307)

Maybe Will Robinson will find Scotty.

It was bound to happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077315)

She can't take any more, Captain!

Obligatory Bones Quote: (4, Funny)

rts008 (812749) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077331)

He's dead, Jim!

but ... (1)

freaker_TuC (7632) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077955)


not as we know it !

No big surprise (2, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077417)

The capsule probably just encountered a rift in spacetime and ended up landing somewhere like ancient Rome or 1920s Chicago. As I understand it, this kind of thing happens all the time to space vehicles. They probably shouldn't waste too much effort looking for it in the present.

you in5ensitive clod! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077421)

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Sounds like a good chance... (1)

jpellino (202698) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077483)

We have a payload in that thing. The email we got made it sound like they have a pretty good chance of getting it. The black paint looks cool, but it also looks like a shadow.

Send in the red shirts! (3, Informative)

WheelDweller (108946) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077499)

In these crazy days, doesn't it seem like there's a lawyer somewhere just WAITING for the first time a journalist writes the headline, "Lost in Space" so they can get copyright infringement?

Maybe I'm too cynical. :>

Seriously though; "Scotty" was a huge hero even before Star Trek. One of his previous roles was on June 6th, 1944: he was one of them attacking Fortress Europa. His efforts, and the efforts of thousands of other guys wasting their childhood fighting Nazi Germany is why we're free. Why the show could air; why the benefits of freedom are so available. I liked'em before, but upon learning that, I'm his biggest fan.

My dad came behind the push at Anzio, he got a late start. Dad is why I know this was such a huge accomplishment. Thanks so much, "Scotty".

damn! (1)

networkzombie (921324) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077503)

It's a good thing he was already dead. On a more serious note, I totally knew this would happen.

anywhere near ...? (1)

dltaylor (7510) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077511)

Maybe, while they're looking, they'll find Bender's head.

Of course, they'll have to rebury it to prevent changing the timeline.

Not exactly (4, Insightful)

kahrytan (913147) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077547)


  They should launched Doohan and Cooper into deep space. They deserve better then to be shoved back to this stinkin planet.

They'll be found eventually.. (3, Funny)

sprior (249994) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077591)

On Ebay...

she's breaking up!! (2, Funny)

einnar2000 (985070) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077677)

After all those years of saying things like "she's breaking up cap'n, she can't take much more of this", it was bound to eventually happen. The engineer had to pass away before his ship even had a chance of malfunctioning like this, after all. ;)

He's not really dead (3, Funny)

Rix (54095) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077847)

He just stored himself in the transporter buffer.

what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19077939)

Gordon Cooper died?

Old age, I assume?

Crap I feel old. These were heroes when I was growing up in the late '60 well into the '70s... The whole space race was still a recent thing. Like the Beat... Oh, I really, really feel old now.

I wonder how many other 'doters feel this way right now.

Looks like he's... (2, Funny)

ICantHearYourMusicAn (1044614) | more than 7 years ago | (#19077977)

...gone where no man has gone before. (But they're trying to fix that too)

Oh no! (1)

Airconditioning (639167) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078119)

Welshy!! :(

The slashdot community continues to fail to read (0)

Braedley (887013) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078147)

Nowhere in the article does it say anything about the cremated remains falling back to Earth. I think Space.com just got it wrong. The article says that they can't find the rocket components, presumably for the experiments that were on board. In fact, I doubt that the mission would have been a success if the ashes returned to Earth, seeing as how it's assumed that when you say you want to be burried in space, your remains actually stay there for a decent amount of time.

Star Trek XI? (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078191)

Star Trek XI: The Search for Scotty?

Shhhhhh! Don't Berman & Braga them any ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Better than the alternative (1)

steveha (103154) | more than 7 years ago | (#19078199)

I'm glad they are lost on Earth rather than being lost in space; the irony would have been terrible.

steveha
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