A sad news shook this Sunday, July 31 to all the fans of star trekas Nichelle Nichols, who was best known for her groundbreaking role as Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek series, has died at the age of 89.
His son, Kyle Johnson, informed his fans in a post on Nichols’ Instagram account.
“Last night my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away,” Johnson writes. “Yet the light from it, like ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from and be inspired by.”
But not only the world of cinema cried the departure of Lieutenant Uhura, since NASA also honored her for her help in the space race and opening borders so that African Americans could fly into space.
We celebrate the life of Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek actor, trailblazer, and role model, who symbolized to so many what was possible. She partnered with us to recruit some of the first women and minority astronauts, and inspired generations to reach for the stars. pic.twitter.com/pmQaKDb5zw
— NASA (@NASA) July 31, 2022
His work helped launch the first woman, Sally Ride, and the first black man, Colonel Guion Bluford, into space. The 2019 movie Woman in Motion is dedicated to the impact of Nichols’ advocacy on NASA. Last December, Nichols announced his retirement from space defense after making a final appearance at LA Comic Con.
We lived long and prospered together. pic.twitter.com/MgLjOeZ98X
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 31, 2022
Nichols was born on December 28, 1932, in Robbins, Illinois. Before joining the cast of star trekNichols toured with jazz artist Duke Ellington as a dancer and singer and later starred in the 1959 film Porgy and Bessas well as the television series The Lieutenant (1964).