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FFrench
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posted 12-01-2005 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's been made official: Mercury astronaut's ashes going to space
Before his death a year ago, Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper wished he could have one more trip into outer space — and sometime next year, a little bit of his mortal remains will take that final trip, along with the ashes of a "Star Trek" star and more than 170 others.

Suzan Cooper, the astronaut's widow, told MSNBC.com Thursday that her late husband's ashes will be included in a memorial payload to be flown on SpaceX's second Falcon 1 launch, now scheduled for liftoff during the first quarter of 2006 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

"In life, Gordon would have taken another trip into space ... so I figured, why not now?" Cooper said in a telephone interview from Ventura, Calif.

And he'll be flying with James "Scotty" Doohan, no less...

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posted 12-02-2005 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So, at the last, Gordo back in space 41 years after GT-5.

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posted 12-02-2005 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I saw Cernan and Schmitt speak for the 30th anniversary of Apollo 17, Gene referred to Ron Evans' death as when he "left the Earth for the last time."

In Gordo's case, that will be poetically literal.

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posted 12-02-2005 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder how much it would cost to do that?

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posted 12-02-2005 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ASCAN1984:
I wonder how much it would cost to do that?

Out of curiosity, I looked at their prices. For a 1 gram container, it's $995 to be placed in orbit.

If you want to go to the moon or deep space, plan on spending $12,000+

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posted 12-02-2005 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. That is very reasonable.

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Susan Schonfeld, a spokesperson for Space Services Inc. said that the company has set up a website that will allow the public to write remembrances and these messages will go into space along with Gordo's ashes.

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posted 12-09-2005 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And if you read the messages already posted, you'll see very nice tributes by Cece Bibby and Dee O'Hara.

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posted 07-26-2006 07:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Gordon Cooper's ashes and Star Trek's "Scotty" actor ashes to be launched into space and returned to Earth in October.

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posted 04-02-2007 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the Associated Press (via the Houston Chronicle):
Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper and some 200 others were loaded into the rocket Friday by Charles Chafer, chief executive of Celestis, a Texas company that contracts with rocket firms to send cremated remains into space.

"And we're ready to go," Chafer said after inserting the silver canister.

Jerry Larson, president of Connecticut-based UP Aerospace Inc., said the rocket will be launched April 28.

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posted 04-02-2007 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To quote the movie of "The Right Stuff": "GO, HOT DOG!"

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posted 04-27-2007 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The launch of UP Aerospace's SpaceLoft XL on the SL-2 mission with Space Services' Legacy Flight including Gordon Cooper's remains is scheduled for Saturday, April 28. The launch window opens at 8:30 a.m. MDT and extends until 2:30 p.m. The suborbital launch will be staged from New Mexico's Spaceport America in Las Cruces.

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posted 04-28-2007 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A successful third and final flight for Gordo... from the Associated Press:
Suzan Cooper and Wende Doohan fired the rocket carrying their husbands' ashes. The rocket took off at 8:56 a.m. local time and disappeared into the atmosphere within 12 seconds.

It landed at White Sands Missile Range shortly after.

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posted 04-28-2007 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
God speed, Gordo. Of course, he dearly wanted to fly a third mission when at NASA, but never had the opportunity. So this seems like a very fitting last mission for him to get.

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posted 04-28-2007 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It appears that you can still add condolence messages at this site.

The messages sent in to that site earlier, from people such as Dee O'Hara, Cece Bibby, and many regulars to collectSPACE, were I believe included on a CD that was sent on the flight.

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News reports leading up to the launch stated that the remains would be placed into orbit. Now it appears that the flight was sub-orbital, and all payload ashes came back to earth by parachute. It is also being reported that more of Doohan's ashes will be sent into orbit in December.

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posted 05-12-2007 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sadly, it sounds like Gordo and Doohan's ashes have yet to be recovered from the landing zone.

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posted 05-15-2007 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like they are now getting closer to finding it, thank goodness.

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posted 05-18-2007 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And now, found, thank goodness.
The rocket payload containing samples of cremated remains from "Star Trek" actor James Doohan, pioneer astronaut Gordon Cooper and 200 other dearly departed has been found in a surprising place, more than two weeks after its rise to - and fall from - outer space.

Connecticut-based UP Aerospace, which launched the payload on its SpaceLoft XL rocket on April 28, had been looking for it in remote mountainous terrain within New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range. But it turned out that the payload actually came down in a flat area of the range, less than a mile from the rocket's aim point, said Jerry Larson, the company's president and a leader of the search team.

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