Nichelle Nichols died on Saturday July 30 at the age of 89. Sad news for the world of science fiction, but also that of civil rights. Indeed, the actress had revolutionized television by playing the role of Nyota Uhura in the series Star Trek, broadcast in the 1960s. She had thus become the first African-American to hold a leading role in an American television series and s was noted for defying stereotypes in 1968, with his character embracing a white character, Captain Kirk (William Shatner).
A few weeks after her death, an unprecedented announcement was made regarding the scattering of Nichelle Nichols’ ashes. Indeed, Uhura should soon join the stars according to the company Celestis. The latter is preparing to make a unique trip during the year by scattering ashes in space. Its leader, Charles M. Chafer announced in a press release: “Our Enterprise flight will have on board the person who has most embodied diversity, inclusivity and the will to explore. of the Star Trek universe”.
Several members of Star Trek will fly to space
According to the Celestis mission website, some of Nichelle Nichols’ ashes will be sent into space, alongside “more than 150 flight capsules containing cremated remains, DNA samples and greetings. around the world for an endless journey”.
Regarding the identity of the other deceased who will board alongside the actress, some are well known to Star Trek. There will thus be James Doohan, the interpreter of Captain Montgomery Scott, who died in 2005; Majel Barrett, who played Nurse Chapel and died in 2008; Douglas Trumbull, the famous special effects creator who died in February 2022; Gene Roddenberry, inventor of Star Trek and husband of Majel Barrett, died in 1991. Celebrities who will soon approach the stars on their last great journey.
Nichelle Nichols © JLPPA