Genest's and Doohan's remains—and those of about 300 others—were aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket that blasted into orbit this week as part of an in-space for-profit burial business.
Genest's father traveled from San Pedro to join other family members at Florida's Cape Canaveral to watch Tuesday's launch and say a final goodbye to Allyson, who died of melanoma in 1999 at age 38.
In an interview with the Daily Breeze (http://bit.ly/KASuUR), Robert Genest said the idea he once thought was crazy turned out to be the most fitting way to honor his daughter—an adventurous woman with a vivid imagination.
"She was 'beamed up' with Scotty," he told the newspaper, smiling as he recalled his daughter's love of "Star Trek."
A video taken by the family captured the rocket lighting up the night, then soaring off into space. Spectators from all over the world, including many who were there on behalf of their loved ones, can be heard cheering.
"Fantastic," a child can be heard saying, according to the Daily Breeze.
"Goodbye grandma," said another.
The crowd fell silent as the ball of light rocketed into the sky.
"People were crying and hugging each other," Genest told the newspaper.
The ashes were in a special container, which SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell confirmed Tuesday was in the second stage of the Falcon rocket. That section of the rocket was jettisoned about 10 minutes after launching a capsule full of supplies for the International Space Station. It will remain in orbit for about a year then burn up as it returns to Earth.
A company called Celestis offers the memorial space flights for about $3000. Some people's ashes that flew Tuesday, including those of Doohan and Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, were also on a botched 2008 SpaceX launch that didn't get the remains into orbit and dropped into the Pacific Ocean. This is a makeup flight for them.
Others whose ashes have flown previously include "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and his actress-wife Majel Barrett, who was in the series.
Information from: Daily Breeze, http://www.dailybreeze.com