The search for the UP Aerospace payload of experiments and the cremated remains of some 200 people - including "Scotty" of Star Trek fame, as well as pioneeering NASA Mercury astronaut, Gordon Cooper - continues within rugged New Mexico mountain landscape. After a successful blastoff from New Mexico's Spaceport America on April 28th, the UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket and its payload nosed into space on a suborbital trajectory. As part of launch operations, the rocket was tracked by specialists at the neighboring White Sands Missile Range.
While all went well with the flight, the rocket components parachuted into rough and tumble terrain. Repeated searches within the landing zone have come up empty.
How many of you, who read the original news story that the ashes of James Doohan, who played Scotty, were being launched into space at his request, assumed, as I did, that this was a permanent disposal of his ashes, not merely a suborbital flight? I think there was some good old-fashioned Hollywood flim flam going on. Read the original story, linked in this paragraph, and judge for yourself.
Scotty, I don't care what it takes; you have to recover that payload!