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‘Star Trek’ duo destined for space

The creator of "Star Trek" and his wife will spend eternity together in space.
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Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, wife of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, died on Dec. 18, 17 years after her husband. The couple's remains will spend eternity in deep space. AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

The creator of "Star Trek" and his wife will spend eternity together in space.

Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in "memorial spaceflights," said Monday that it will ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry into space next year.

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, company spokeswoman Susan Schonfeld said.

After Gene Roddenberry died in 1991, his wife commissioned Celestis to launch a part of his remains into space in 1997. She died Dec. 18, 2008.

Barrett-Roddenberry played Number One and Nurse Christine Chapel in the original "Star Trek" series, and played Deanna Troi's mother on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."  And prior to her death, she was the voice of the Enterprise in the forthcoming "Star Trek" movie, due out in May.