Nichelle Nichols will make one last voyage when her ashes are launched into space.
Celestis, a company that offers memorial spaceflight services, made the announcement Thursday, saying a portion of Nichols’ ashes will travel on a memorial mission dubbed the “Enterprise Flight” in tribute to the Star Trek spaceship.
“We are truly honored to add a legendary actress, activist, and educator to the Enterprise Flight manifest,” Charles M. Chafer, co-founder and CEO of Celestis Inc., said in a statement. “Now our Enterprise Flight will have on board the person who most completely embodied the vision of Star Trek as a diverse, inclusive, and exploring universe.”
The company says the flight will also include ashes from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry; Roddenberry’s wife and Star Trek actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry; actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on the series; and visual effects artist Douglas Trumbull.
Nichols, who was best known for playing Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek series, died on July 30 at age 89.
Among her other acting credits were roles in the television series Heroes, Futurama, Renegades, and on The Young and the Restless. She also had small roles in the films Made in Paris, Mr. Buddwing and Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding!, and Are We There Yet?.
In addition to her acting career, Nichols worked with NASA to recruit women and minorities into the space program.
Celestis invited fans to send tribute messages to Nichols on its website.