Finely riding that razored edge between tragedy and comedy, the New York Times reports that not only did the SpaceX
Falcon 1 rocket lose its three satellites and fail to reach orbit during a recent launch
, but it also destroyed the remains of actor James Doohan, best known as the original Star Trek's
Chief Engineer "Scotty." The actor's ashes -- as well as those of over 200 others -- were being carried into orbit by the rocket when complications with the ship's stage separation led to the (assumed) destruction of the craft. This recent mishap puts a sad period on the end of the sentence that already included an earlier loss
and eventual recovery
of the remains.