The ashes of Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the original star trekshe will be sent into deep space on a rocket that commemorates her and several others. star trek veterans (via Reuters). Nichols’ son, Kyle Johnson, donated her ashes to her after she died in July at age 89.
Nichols’ ashes will be headed into space on a rocket appropriately named the Vulcan Centaur, with memorial spaceflight company Celestis leading the charge. Mission “Business Flight”. There is no set date for the layoff yet, and it will likely depend on the United Launch Alliance’s continued development of the vulcan rocket.
During the mission, Nichols will join the remains of star trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife, Majel Barrett, who played the series’ nurse, Christine Chapel. James Doohan, who played Enterprise engineer Scotty, and visual effects artist Douglas Trumbull, known for his work on star trek the movie, Bounty hunterand more will also be on board.
When the rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral, carry more than 200 capsules containing ashes, DNA samples, as well as the names, messages and images provided by users from all over the world. Celestis will store the capsules in the rocket’s upper stage, which will be sent 150 million to 300 million kilometers into space and orbit the Sun.
Nichols pioneered the film industry and became the first black woman to have a major role on television. Her legacy extends off-screen as well, as she served as an advocate for NASA to encourage the recruitment of astronauts from underrepresented backgrounds. She is credited with helping launch the first black man, Colonel Guion Bluford, and the first woman, Sally Ride, into space.