Actress Nichelle Nichols will travel in space post mortem


Actress was known as she played Lt. Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek series in the 1960s and in several of the franchise’s feature films. She died at age 89 in 30 July. And now, United Launch Alliance , an American spacecraft launch provider , announced that a portion of Nichols’ ashes will travel to deep space aboard a Vulcan rocket with Celestis, a Texas-based private company that sends peoples’ cremated remains and DNA into space for memorial flights. “It’s a wonderful memorial for her, an eternal one,” said Nichols’ son Kyle Johnson.


The spaceflight will travel beyond NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and into interplanetary deep space. A date for the launch has not yet been set.The Celestis Voyager Service will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida and will also carry the remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife, actor Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, as well as those of James Doohan, who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the series and films. Celestis Co-Founder and CEO Charles M. Chafer declared that he made this promise to Majel Barrett Roddenberry in 1997. For people asking a such service for their loved deceased tickets start at $125,000.