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Old August 3 2008, 08:48 PM   #1
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No Outer Space For Doohan's Ashes

The launch failure of a Falcon 1 rocket has doomed James Doohan's last wishes to have his ashes sent into space.

As reported by, the second attempt to launch the ashes of two hundred people who has paid to have their ashes launched into space has failed after the rocket launched from the Pacific last night broke up several minutes after launch.

This is the third time that a Falcon rocket launch has failed, the last being in March of 2006. It is suspected that this latest failure was caused by a fuel leak. The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk posted a message on the company's website regarding the launch failure. "It was obviously a big disappointment not to reach orbit on this flight," began the message, which promised that the company would "never give up," and would "prevail in reaching orbit and demonstrating reliable space transport."

In addition to Doohan's ashes, those of astronaut Gordon Cooper were on board the Falcon 1. Cooper's ashes had been on the first rocket that failed in May of 2007 along with Doohan's, as reported by Engadget. That first rocket, belonging to Space Services, Inc., crashed in New Mexico, but the container holding the ashes had been recovered and so a second attempt could be made, which unfortunately has ended in failure.

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Old August 3 2008, 11:00 PM   #2
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That's sad to hear. All the families that paid to have this done for their relatives can't be very happy about this...
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Old August 4 2008, 03:30 AM   #3
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So they aren't able to recover them and try again?

Well, that sucks.
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Old August 4 2008, 07:10 AM   #4
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Did the wreckage fall into the Pacific Ocean? A burial at sea, then?
And since they only use a small sample of ashes, couldn't they try again with another sample?
Was there a money-back guarantee on the launch? Insurance?
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Old August 4 2008, 08:30 PM   #5
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That article is incorrect. The launch failure was not due to a fuel leak, but to a failure of the seperation mechanism between the first and second stages of the rocket.

A fuel leak was the cause of the FIRST Falcon 1 failure. This failure was an entirely different problem.

As for why we could recover the payload of the first launch and retry, while we couldnt retry with the second is: alitude.

The first launch failed within seconds of launch, and crashed relatively intact since it didnt reach a significant altitude. This launch worked perfectly until about 1/3 of the way through the flight. Therefore it reached a much higher altitude, and is believed to be unrecoverable.
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Old August 5 2008, 07:10 PM   #6
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What a fucking disaster! This whole process has been a train wreck since day one.

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