Write a Message of Tribute to Gene and Majel Roddenberry

Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry
Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry

Celestis is offering Star Trek fans the chance to write personal messages of tribute to Gene Roddenberry and his wife Majel.

Fans’ names and messages will be aboard a capsule that will launch a portion of the couple’s ashes into deep space in 2012.

To honor the Star Trek creator and his wife on their voyage to the final frontier, please visit this website.

Celestis is a Texas-based company that offers memorial flights to space. It has launched the ashes of people both famous and not on suborbital flights, orbital voyages, and to the moon.

Cassini’s Carolyn Porco Talks About Saturn, ‘Star Trek XI’, and J.J. Abrams

Cinema Boffin has a fascinating interview with Dr. Carolyn C. Porco, who leads the Imaging Science Team on the NASA/ESA Cassini mission. Dr. Porco talks a lot about her work on Saturn but also about her latest role: serving as a science consultant on J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Trek film.

Carolyn Porco

Porco said she first met Abrams when he attended a talk that she gave. About seven months later, Abrams called her about getting involved in the Star Trek film as an adviser on science and planetary imagery.

“His secretary called and said, ‘We have J.J. Abrams on the phone to talk to you,’ and I had to say, ‘J.J. who?’,” Porco admitted. “I don’t watch television, I’m not keeping up with it, I’ve never seen Lost….I’m just too busy. I’ve been living on Saturn for the past 14-18 years.

“So anyway, he talks to me and he says, ‘I was at the TED conference, I heard you talk, I was spellbound. I’ve been getting your emails. I’ve been thinking about you and I really felt that I had to reach out to you and involve you in this movie somehow,'” she added.