The beautiful Lt. Uhura will take her closing flight into the deep cosmos.
Nichelle Nichols, a “Star Trek” pioneer, handed away on July 30 at 89. The beloved actress died of coronary heart failure, BLACK ENTERPRISE beforehand reported.
Generally known as the Enterprise Flight, the Celestis mission will launch Nichols and different members of Star Trek’s first household “on an infinite journey in interplanetary area,” per the corporate press launch.
“Launching later this 12 months on board United Launch Alliance’s aptly named Vulcan rocket, together with different individuals, Nichols shall be becoming a member of ‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry, his spouse and ‘First Girl of Star Trek’ Majel Barrett Roddenberry, beloved ‘Star Trek’ actor James’ Scotty’ Doohan, and VFX maestro and Hollywood icon Douglas Trumbull, amongst others, making this a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Star Trek’ Reunion flight,” Celestis introduced, in accordance with KTLA.
Nichols’ son, Kyle Johnson, contributed his DNA to the mission after Celestis co-founder Charles Chafer approached him with the thought to honor his late mom.
“I used to be sort of in a state of shock, alternately crying my eyes out or feeling sort of numb,” Johnson mentioned. “After which we have been contacted by Charlie and the crew, and knowledgeable of this and invited to take part. The timing couldn’t have been higher, and it was a extremely wonderful factor to ponder.”
Nichols earned her fame and glory as Uhura, the Starship Enterprise’s translator and communications officer. She was topped as one of many first main recurring Black feminine characters on U.S. tv and notably made historical past for sharing tv’s first interracial kiss.
After her Star Trek days, Nichols’ championed for ladies and minorities to hitch NASA and apply for astronaut responsibility, a longtime effort that can proceed to encourage generations.
“Nichelle’s advocacy transcended tv and reworked NASA,” NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson mentioned, per the information outlet.
“After Apollo 11, Nichelle made it her mission to encourage ladies and other people of colour to hitch this company, change the face of STEM and discover the cosmos. Nichelle’s mission is NASA’s mission. Right this moment, as we work to ship the primary lady and first individual of colour to the Moon underneath Artemis, NASA is guided by the legacy of Nichelle Nichols.”