The ashes of both Star Trek's creator and the actor who played Scotty in the sci-fi fantasy television series will blast into the final frontier next year.
Gene Roddenberry's cremated remains, along with those of his wife Majel and actor James Doohan - who played engineer Scotty in the original 1960s series - will be launched into space in November 2014.
The memorial spaceflight company Celestis will take their ashes as part of a cargo which will also feature other cremated remains, written messages and samples of DNA in capsules sent by the general public.
Celestis spokeswoman Pazia Schonfeld said: "What's very cool about this is that it's science fiction meeting reality".
The spacecraft, which is called a solar sail, is powered by sunlight and is set to orbit around the sun, with its journey streamed live online.
Members of the public are invited to join Roddenberry and Doohan on Celestis' Sunjammer Voyager Mission but sending cremated remains into deep space starts at $12,500 (just over £8,000).
Benedict Cumberbatch has described his "10-year-old excitement level" of appearing in upcoming film release of Star Trek Into Darkness.
The Sherlock star told Daybreak: "I loved being part of a huge film. It was the first time that I'd ever had that experience and I relished it."
Mr Cumberbatch called his first day on set of the big budget film "terrifying".
"I was very late casting and flew over not long after getting the role by auditioning on an iPhone.
"I literally got off the plane, jet lagged went straight to the studio and I literally thought at any moment someone would go 'so sorry, it's not worked out. We thought you were the other Benedict.'"
The actor explained revealed his method of eating "4000 calories a day for two to three weeks" and "being able to do handstand press ups" in attempts to get into the role of super villain John Harrison.
Addressing rumours that he could be the next Doctor Who, the 36-year-old said: "Really? Oh no I am not aware of those rumours,other rumours but not that one.
A miniature version of the Star Trek "tractor beam" has been created by a team of scientists and could be used in medical testing.
In the popular science fiction show, a "tractor beam" was a method of using a beam of light to pull spaceships and other large objects.
Light manipulation techniques have existed since the 1970s but researchers said this is the first time a light beam has been used to draw objects towards the light source, albeit at a microscopic level.
A team of scientists from the University of St Andrews and the Institute of Scientific Instruments in the Czech Republic said they have found a way to generate a special optical field that efficiently reverses radiation pressure of light.
The first 'teaser' trailer for the new Star Trek film has been released.
The hotly anticipated follow-up to J.J Abrams 2009 blockbuster is set in San Francisco this time round, and features an all-star line-up including Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, and Simon Pegg.