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Ashes of groundbreaking “Star Trek” actress Nichelle Nichols to be launched into deep space

Nichelle Nichols" by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
“Nichelle Nichols” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

The ashes of late actress Nichelle Nichols, known around the world for famously playing Lieutenant Uhura on “Star Trek,” will be flown into deep space.

Nichols was a trailblazer who helped shatter stereotypes about race and gender with her role on the hit 1960s series, which launched several series still in existence. Her role on the original “Star Trek” series came during the U.S. civil rights era. Nichols famously said Martin Luther King Jr. helped convince her to remain on Star Trek when she considered leaving the show after the first season.

Nichols died on July 30 at age 89.

A launch date for her remains has not yet been set.

More about Nichols can be found here.