Although she won’t be heading into the “Final Frontier,” Nichelle Nichols will be going on a NASA Observatory Mission this September. Nichols first starred as Lt. Uhura, Head of Communications for the USS Enterprise in Star Trek, almost 50 years ago.
The 82-year old recently revealed the news on Reddit. “I was on a similar flight, the first air-born observatory, back in 1977,” Nichols explained on Reddit. “It’s an amazing experience. You get a totally different perspective than from earth.”
Nichols will be a passenger on the September 15 flight of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). SOFIA is an aircraft equipped with a powerful telescope used to study the planet’s atmosphere and investigate comets. The surprising thing about all this is that she has only just recovered from a minor stroke in June.
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The caption under Nichelle Nichols reads, “Boy’s from all walks of life dreamed about Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols).” I SHOULD read, “Boys from all walks of life dreamed about Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols).” No apostrophe.
Yeah. I WAS one of those boys in the late 1960s – early 1970s….and 1980s….!
Thank you very much.
*It SHOULD read…. not “I SHOULD read”
See? We all make mistakes….
Funny how the shows the I watched were re-runs and Nichelle Nichols never aged…..until the movies aired.
As a young boy, I have NO IDEA that she was/is about 2 years older than my father…..who JUST turned 85 today!