Ashes of James Doohan released in space

The actor, who died in July, 2005, left specific instructions in his will to distribute his remains beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

And, on Tuesday, a small urn containing a portion of Doohan’s ashes was successfully sent into orbit via SpaceX’s unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, which took off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

According to ABC News, the rocket was part of an in-space-for-profit burial business and contained the ashes of over 300 individuals.

The capsule will remain in orbit for about a year before burning up as it attempts to make its return.