reply to post by NoRegretsEver
I don't think you understand the delight that people take in carrying trinkets into space, just for the sheer "uniqueness" of it.
The first photo are of very light-weight items of course (since you mentioned the excess weight costs). Even the Light Sabre is just a hollow
prop....it was one actually used in the filming of a "Star Wars"
film, by actor Mark Hamill:
An interesting side note to the STS-120 has to do with the lightsaber that was used by actor Mark Hamill in the 1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return
of the Jedi film. The original lightsaber is being flown to the space station and then returned to Earth, in honor of the 30th anniversary of director
George Lucas' Star Wars franchise.
You can see all sorts of things from this article, just on STS-120, as well.
Gene Roddenberry's ashes? [**]
That was a request in his will....and, not the full several pounds of a total Human cremation remains.....just
a portion of them. About the size of a lipstick. This flew on STS-52, and the ashes were returned.
Side note....I just have to mention, as a self-professed Star Trek
geek, that is the wrong U.S.S. Enterprise
That one is considered more as "belonging" to director J.J Abrams .... as it is the version used in his 2009 Star Trek
film....long after Gene
Roddenberry's death. Also, that film coyly (for his purposes and storyline changes) represents an "alternate timeline" from the original, and
'Classic' Star Trek
of Roddenberry's creation.......
More of his (Roddenberry's) ashes were launched aboard a Pegasus XL rocket, from near the Canary Islands, in 1997.....that has by now de-orbited and
burned up in the atmosphere.
There are plans from his estate, and his deceased wife Majel Barrett, to be launched into deep space...sometime this year, tentatively.
James Doohan's ["Scotty"] ashes failed to reach orbit on a privately-funded 'Space X' launch back in 2008.
Doohan’s Ashes Fail To Make Orbit + Statement From
SO, you see.....this is simply not unusual.
Home Base plate.....maybe was the "heaviest" ever of a "non-mission specific" item ever lofted....but, just how much does one of those things really
weight, anyway? (And, the plastic bag in the photo was only because they were using it to train in the pool)....
Wikipedia says that a modern Home Plate is made out of whitened rubber. So for its regulation dimensions, it weighs maybe a few pounds??
Each Astronaut was granted a certain weight allowance amount for "personal" items, even back in the days of Apollo.......
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