The ashes of legendary “Star Trek” actress Nichelle Nichols will go where very few have gone before: space.
Nichols, whose pioneering portrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura in the original “Star Trek” television series broke down racial barriers, died on July 20, 2022, at the age of 89.
As a final hurrah to celebrate his legacy, the star’s ashes will be launched into space aboard a special “Enterprise mission” later this year.
The launch aboard the Vulcan rocket will ensure that Nichols’ remains join the late “Star Trek” creator, Gene Roddenberry, who died in 1991.
Nichols’ ashes will also join those of Roddenberry’s late wife and “‘Star Trek’ first lady” Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who died in 2008.
The ashes of late “Star Trek” actor James Doohan will also be launched into space along with those of Nichols. Doohan died in 2005.
Additionally, the ashes of visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull will also be on the flight. Trumbull died in February earlier this year.
“We are truly honored to add a legendary actress, activist and educator to the Enterprise Flight manifesto,” Charles M. Chafer, co-founder and CEO of Celestis, said in a press release.
“Now, our Enterprise Flight will have on board the person who best embodies the vision of Star Trek as a diverse, inclusive and exploratory universe.”
“I’m sure she would have much preferred to take the shuttle, but that’s a pretty close second,” Nichols’ son, Kyle Johnson, said in the press release.
“My only regret is not being able to share this eternal tribute alongside my mother at launch,” he said.
“I know she would be deeply honored for this once-in-a-lifetime experience and will enthusiastically encourage all of her fans to join us vicariously by bringing your thoughts, affections, memories, NN-inspired successes, dreams and aspirations via email to cast with her. on this flight! WOW!” Johnson added.
Nichols’ “Star Trek” role broke stereotypes of black actresses at a time when black women were mostly portrayed in roles of servants rather than authority figures.
New York Post