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Aim for the stars, watch out for New Mexico May 10, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.

UP Aerospace Spaceloft XL rocket loses payload somewhere in the rugged New Mexico mountains.

Including the cremated remains of James “Scotty” Doohan, and astronaut Gordon Cooper.


Oh well.  I’ve seen lots of New Mexico.  There really are places there where no man has gone before.

UPDATE: Mrs. Peel points out the rocket was not intended to deliver its payload anywhere except somewhere back on Earth.  I am now unimpressed.  The North Koreans can do that for crying out loud.  Hell, Gordo did orbits back in 63.

Fine.  Whatever.  Then she goes on and on about how they’re not “lost” we just don’t know where they are.  Well ok Miss Smarty Pants Rocket Scientist, if you can’t find your car keys, are they “lost”?

Aggies can be such a buzzkill.



1. kevlarchick - May 10, 2007

This is an outrage! Poor Scotty.

2. Wickedpinto - May 10, 2007


I thought they were using what was left of the pegasus’ pegasai whatever for this venture? It doesn’t have a good deployment rate but it’s not bad for reaching space.

For instance I think there is a very well made japanese X-ray telescope in mint condition still orbiting the earth, only it’s still trapped in the rocket casing, but thats beside the point.

3. Mrs. Peel - May 10, 2007

The way I understood it, the rocket was only taking its payload into space, not trying to actually enter or escape LEO (low earth orbit). So it was intended to return. And the payload isn’t lost – they just haven’t found it yet. They know the area where it is, and are working on recovering it.

4. Elzbth - May 10, 2007

Poor Scotty. They beamed him down.

5. daveintexas - May 10, 2007

Until I find my car keys, they are lost.

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