Celestis, Inc. will launch a Space Memorial Flight next year which will now include two additional, iconic members of the Star Trek crew.
Early next year, Texas-based Celestis, Inc. will launch its first-ever deep space mission. Onboard will be the cremated remains of Gene Roddenberry, Majel Barret Roddenberry, James Doohan, and Nichelle Nichols along with the DNA samples of Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Kyle Johnson (NIchols’ son), and DeForest Kelley. Celestis also announced today that two more Star Trek behind-the-scenes members will be joining the flight that already has special effects master Douglas Trumball aboard as well.
The cremated remains of the late VFX model maker and special effects genius Greg Jein and the late producer and director Robert H. Justman will also be joining fellow original Star Trek cast and crew members for the upcoming historic Enterprise Flight.
Both Greg Jein and Robert Justman were Star Trek icons, whose work played crucial roles in the science fiction dramas.
Greg Jein was nothing short of a VFX genius who, in 1986, along with a team at Industrial Light & Magic built the original six-foot model of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) which was used for the pilot of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also built models for the Ferengi Marauder starships and the Klingon Vor’cha which was used in the fourth season. His skill in creating detailed replicas led to him receiving numerous award nomations.
Robert H Justman is well-known throughout the Star Trek community as Gene Roddenberry’s “right-hand mand” in Star Trek: The Original series. He was the associate producer before eventually becoming co-producer. Justman moved on to other Star Trek series and was influential in bringing Patrick Stewart to Roddenberry’s attention for the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
“It’s very appropriate that two who were so involved in the success of Star Trek join the Enterprise Flight,” said Celestis Co-founder and CEO Charles M. Chafer. “We are honored to have them aboard.”
For more information about the upcoming Memorial Flight and to share a tribute message that will accompany these pioneers in space, visit https://enterprise-flight.com.