Later this year, a portion of the franchise star and history-ashes maker’s will be placed on a United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket by Celestis, a private space transportation business that collaborates with NASA.
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Nichelle Nichols to become latest Star Trek star to have ashes sent into space
Some of the actress’ ashes will be carried on a United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket as part of the forthcoming Enterprise voyage, which is expected to launch later this year. Celestis Inc., a private space flight firm that collaborates with NASA, will do this.
In interplanetary deep space, where the business claims the rocket will become the most remote permanent human depository outpost and a trailblazer for human space exploration, the voyage, which will start in Cape Canaveral, Florida, is planned to travel beyond the James Webb telescope.
Nichols passed away in late July. She was most known for her role as communications officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in Gene Roddenberry’s original 1966 Star Trek series.
She was 89. Just two years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act was implemented, the actress made history when she played a Black female authority figure in a pivotal TV role, setting a precedent that has since become well-known.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. publicly urged her to stay in her position as Uhura on the USS Enterprise after she considered leaving Star Trek due to the bigotry she encountered from network officials.
James “Scotty” Doohan, both Gene and Majel Roddenberry, and a few other Star Trek actors will be carrying Nichols’ ashes on the voyage. A portion of each person’s cremated remains will be transported aboard the Enterprise together with more than 100 other people.
Members of the Star Trek cast have previously had pieces of their remains blasted into space. Several Celestis missions, including one in 2014, carried Gene’s ashes.
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