Kelley’s DNA, Nichols’s ashes added to space launch manifest

Source: Universe Today

“A memorial spaceflight paying tribute to the cast and crew of the original ‘Star Trek’ TV show has just added another star to the passenger list. DeForest Kelley — who played Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy, the Starship Enterprise’s physician — will be represented by a thimble-sized sample of DNA on next year’s ‘Enterprise Flight.’ Kelley passed away in 1999 at the age of 79, but the DNA was extracted from a hair sample that was preserved after his death. … In addition to Kelley, the Star Trek personages represented on the flight include Nichelle Nichols (who played Lieutenant Uhura), James Doohan (who played Scotty, the starship’s chief engineer), Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Nurse Chapel), series creator Gene Roddenberry and visual-effects wizard Douglas Trumbull. Nichols’[s] ashes and DNA were added to Celestis’[s] manifest just a couple of weeks ago.” (09/08/22)