Star Trek: The Next Generation actress Nichelle Nichols will have her ashes scattered into space.
According to aceshowbiz.com, the remains of Nichelle, who passed away in July at the age of 89, will be launched into space on the Enterprise Flight’s Vulcan Rocket later this year in tribute to her role as Lt. Nyota Uhura in the 1960s science fiction series, which also starred William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
Nichelle Nichols’s son, Kyle Johnson, said of the mission, “My only regret is that I cannot share this eternal tribute standing beside my mother at the launch.” Kyle will have his DNA included in the mission, which will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
“I know she would be profoundly honoured for this one-of-a-kind experience, and I enthusiastically encourage all of her fans to join us vicariously by contributing your thoughts, affections, memories, (Nichelle Nichols-) inspired successes, dreams, and aspirations via email to be launched with her on this flight!” “I know she would be profoundly honoured by this one-of-a-kind experience,”
Kyle Johnson and the official ‘Star Trek’ Twitter account broke the news of her passing when they posted the following message: “We’re deeply saddened to report the passing of Nichelle Nichols – a trailblazer, an inspiration, and so much more. She will be sorely missed in our lives. “
Whoopi Goldberg, who referred to Nichelle Nichols as a “trailblazer” and appeared in an earlier iteration of the same series, was one of the many black actors and actresses whose careers were profoundly influenced by the actress’s work.
The comedian, who is 66 years old, said in an interview that Nichols was a trailblazer, a heroine, and an extraordinary woman.
“Someone who inspired millions and millions of people, but who inspired me because I explained when I went to get my gig at ‘Star Trek’ that Nichelle was the first black person I’d ever seen who made it to the future.”
“She oversaw all of the company’s communications. And this show, as well as this woman, was the lone guiding light that indicated that “Yes, we’ll be there.” And that just left me with the impression that it was an incredible accomplishment.
She was a driving force behind getting other women into space. She was truly remarkable, and I count myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to know her and spend time with her over the years. She was a good friend of mine. We are going to miss her. “