Some sci-fi legends will be receiving a posthumous ceremony befitting of the genre in which they’re legends. Some of the remains of Arthur C. Clarke, creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, and James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty on Star Trek, will be launched into space.If you’re into morbid details, the types of remains will be some of Clarke’s hair, the ashes of Roddenberry and his wife, as well as the ashes of Doohan. A space-faring company, Celestis, will be the metaphorical wings on which the ashes will be flown.The company has some experience with shooting ashes into space, as it has been performing the task for the past 16 years. The ashes will be aboard the solar sail when NASA attempts to launch it in 2014, and it will be using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket for the mission.Roddenberry’s wife, Majel, is also an iconic Star Trek figure, as she provided the voice for a majority of the onboard computers throughout the Star Trek series, as well as acted in both the original show as Nurse Christine Chapel, and played Lwaxana Troi on both The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.Out of the people’s remains, Gene’s will be the only remains that have already been to space, as Celestis left some up there back in 1997, six years after he died. So, the remains won’t exactly be deposited where no man has been deposited before. Perhaps there is also a “Beam me up, Celestis” quip to be made.
asiaBuffalo ToursResponsible tourismSustainable Plastic waste is one of the most urgent environmental challenges currently facing Asia, with increased tourism playing a significant role in intensifying a bad situation, and Buffalo Tours is committed to taking steps to drastically reduce its contribution to the problem.The company is now providing the option to use refillable water bottles on group tours, instead of single-use plastic. So far this has resulted in a reduction of plastic waste by over 200,000 water bottles in less than a year. “We believe that responsible travel can be achieved by offering sustainable alternatives to our customers, without compromising on service and comfort. We are delighted to see how small changes can result in dramatic progress,” said Greg Martin, General Manager, Buffalo Tours Australia & New Zealand.Buffalo Tours is further reducing its impact on the environment by replacing other forms of single-use plastic with 100% biodegradable and environmentally-friendly alternatives. This includes individually wrapped food, beverage and hygiene items.“This is a global problem that requires a global effort to solve. It is estimated that almost two thirds of all plastic waste in our oceans originate in Asia. This is believed to be one of the biggest threats to coral reefs in Asia-Pacific, from Thailand to Australia,” said Malte Blas, Responsible Travel Advisory Board, Buffalo Tours.Hotels and tour operators are a significant contributor to plastic waste, providing every guest with several complimentary water bottles each day. Waste management in many popular tourist destinations, such as Bali, are simply not adequately equipped to deal with the issue.“We have a duty to keep our guests hydrated and happy, but we also have a duty towards the environment. By offering travellers an alternative to single-use plastic bottles, even if we only save one bottle per person each day, it has a huge impact,” said Peter Christiansen, Country Manager, Buffalo Tours Indonesia.CLICK HERE for Buffalo Tours’ Responsible Travel eBook.