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Nichelle Nichols To Blast Into Space at Age 82

written by Sin August 17, 2015

Actress Nichelle Nichols, known for her most famous role as communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series, displays her Lego astronaut ring while visiting the âBuild the Futureâ activity where students created their vision of the future in space with LEGO bricks and elements inside a tent that was set up on the launch viewing area at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.  NASA and The LEGO Group signed a Space Act Agreement to spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) NASA Identifier: nasahqphoto-5161637425

Nichelle Nichols is 82, and just a few months past a minor stroke but will be joining a NASA mission next month, and will blast approximately 50,000 feet into the stratosphere. Nichelle is Star Trek’s loved Uhura and a longtime NASA ambassador.  She recently had an interview in a Reddit “Ask ME Anything” session that she will be aboard NASA’s SOFIA space telescope when it blasts off in September.

She went on to say “SOFIA does not, sadly, fly into space,”  “It’s an airborne observatory, a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible. I was on a similar flight, the first airborne observatory, back in 1977. It’s an amazing experience; you get a totally different perspective than from earth.”  And like anyone else with the chance of a lifetime, she stated she hoped to get some wonderful photos.  She also re-told the well-known story of how Dr Martin Luther King convinced her to stay on Star Trek when she was considering leaving the series.  I’m sure we are all glad she didn’t!

To Boldly Go....

To Boldly Go….

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