Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols will be sent into deep space

Star Trek icon Nichelle Nichols will have some of her remains placed on an interplanetary deep space rocket journey that Celestis Inc. has planned.

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The late actress, who died in July at age 89, will have some of her ashes included on the United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket as part of Celstis Inc.’s upcoming Enterprise flight (via The Hollywood Reporter).

The private space flight is set to lift off sometime later this year and will see its rocket head beyond the James Webb Telescope and into deep space, which the company says will make the rocket the farthest permanent outpost for human depot, as well as a potential pathfinder for future people.

Nichols’ ashes will also be joined by a few other big names in the world Star Trekincluding James Doohan (who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the series), Star Trek creator and screenwriter Gene Roddenberry and his wife, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. Majel was also an actress and appeared in a variety of films Star Trek series and films, her most notable role being as Nurse Christine Chapel from the original series.

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Nichols played communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura in the 1966 original Star Trek series and also appeared in the first six Star Trek movie. Her portrayal in the series was incredibly groundbreaking for African-American actors on American television, especially African-American women.

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