Evidently, "Star Trek" actor James "Scotty" Doohan took the catchphrase "beam me up" seriously -- his cremated remains will be launched into space in accordance with his last wishes.
Commercial space flight operator Space Services Inc. will rocket the late actor's remains into space aboard its Explorers Flight on Dec. 6, a company spokeswoman said Friday.
She said the remains of more than 120 others will be aboard the flight, including those of an unidentified astronaut and Mareta West, the astrogeologist who determined the site for the first spacecraft landing on the moon.
Space Services spokeswoman Susan Schonfeld declined to identify the astronaut. She said the name would be announced the day of the launch.
To mark the flight into Doohan's final frontier, his family will hold a service for fans on a 60-acre site near Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Los Angeles the day of the launch. Some fans are expected to attend in the formal white suit of a Star Fleet commander.
"I can't think of a more fitting send-off than having some of his fans attend this, his final journey," his widow, Wende Doohan, said in an open invitation to the service.
"Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry also had his remains shot into space after his death in 1991.
Doohan's cremated remains will be packed into a special tube that is ejected from the rocket and expected to orbit Earth for 50 to 200 years before plunging into the planet's atmosphere and burning up.
Doohan, who portrayed feisty chief engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on the "Star Trek" television series, died in July at 85.
Fans can post tributes to Doohan at the Space Services Web site (spaceservicesinc.com). Those messages will be digitized, packed with Scotty and blasted into space.