Nichelle Nichols is being given the send-off that she has earned. The late actress, who broke barriers as communications officer Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek, will be taking one last voyage to the “final frontier,” as her ashes will travel to space aboard the upcoming Enterprise Flight.
This will be the last time the “final frontier” will be visited by the actress. The launch of the rocket, which is being arranged by Celestial Memorial Spaceflights and will take place later this year from Cape Canaveral in Florida, is planned.
Ashes of Nichelle Nichols will be scattered into space as part of the Enterprise Flight.
According to a post made by the company on Instagram, “We are absolutely honoured to announce that the late Nichelle Nichols will be joining the ‘crew’ aboard the upcoming Celestis Enterprise Flight.”
The flight is scheduled to depart for deep space later this year and will include several of Nichols’s fellow Star Trek icons. “Nichols will be joining Gene Roddenberry, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, and James ‘Scotty’ Doohan on a pioneering adventure that will be the first of its type.”
The DNA of Nichelle’s adult son, Kyle Johnson, as well as messages and tributes from fans, will be brought along for the one-of-a-kind trip across space.
According to the information provided by the company, more than two hundred flying capsules containing the ashes, DNA, and messages of loved ones would be included on the flight.
Kyle expressed his lone sorrow in a statement by saying, “My only regret is that I cannot share this eternal homage standing with my mother during the launch.” “I am confident that she would be incredibly grateful for this one-of-a-kind opportunity, and I enthusiastically encourage ALL of her fans to join us virtually by sending in their feelings, affections, memories, NN-inspired accomplishments, dreams, and aspirations via email so that they can be launched with her on this flight! WOW!”
Nichelle Nichols was one of the first Black actresses to appear on primetime television, and she made history on ‘Star Trek’ before she passed away in July of 2022.
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When she was cast in the coveted role of Uhura on Star Trek in 1966, Nichelle, who died on July 30 of natural causes at the age of 89, became a pioneer in the entertainment industry.
She was one of the first Black actresses to have such a high-profile part on primetime television at the time.
She was one of the pioneers in the field. When Kyle’s mother passed away, he wrote a letter in which he noted that “her light, however, like the old galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to admire, learn from, and gain inspiration from.”
Kyle’s mother had been an astronomer. Hers was a life that was lived to the fullest, and as a result, she is an example for all of us to try to emulate.