April 02, 2007 12:25 PM

The ashes of James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on the original Star Trek TV series, are one step closer to being beamed up into space.

Doohan will not be alone on his journey. Also having a few ounces of their remains loaded into a rocket that is set to launch in New Mexico on April 28 are Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper and some 200 others, the Associated Press reports.

Cost per person for the voyage (to be paid by survivors or the deceased person’s estates): $495.

The ashes of Doohan and the others were actually placed aboard the spaceship on Friday by Charles Chafer, chief executive of Celestis, a Texas contractor who works with rocket firms to deliver cremated remains into space.

“And we’re ready to go,” Chafer said after inserting the silver canister and acknowledging the devotion of Trekkies. “There’s no doubt that we’ll find a way to accommodate fans who travel here and want to be part of that experience,” he said.

Doohan died in July 2005 of pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease at his Redmond, Wash., home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side. He was 85.

Burials in space are something of a tradition among Trek stars. In 1997, the ashes of series’s creator Gene Roddenberry were blasted into the stratosphere.

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