Space: Final Frontier…and Final Home


THE REMAINS OF “STAR TREK” CREATOR Gene Roddenberry and his wife, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, will be launched into space by Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in “memorial spaceflights.”

According to Celestis spokesperson Susan Schonfeld, the couple’s cremated remains will be sealed into specially made capsules designed to withstand the rigors of space travel. A rocket-launched spacecraft will carry the capsules, along with digitized tributes from fans. The Roddenberrys’ remains—and the spacecraft—will travel ever deeper into space and will not return to earth.

The intent is that the Roddenberrys will spend eternity in space.

When I have shed this mortal coil, bought the farm, checked out of this vale of tears…my intent too is to spend eternity in space. At least part of the time. As I read my Bible, at some point a thousand years after the Second Coming of Christ, God has plans to create a New Earth out of this old one and set up that new world as the primary eternal home-base of those who accept the “second chance” Jesus made possible.

Maybe one reason I’ve always been drawn to Star Trek in its various incarnations is the lure of its sense of adventure and exploration, as set forth in its mission:

Space… the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Oh, for sure…sign me up, but for the Real Thing instead of the Fictional Drama!


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