NASA and Nichelle Nichols

Post Date: 18 July 2011

Listen now:

Season 2, Episode 25

Nichelle Nichols (“Lieutenant Uhura”) in 1977, talking to students about The Space Shuttle. Image courtesy NASA.

Through her ground-breaking role as Star Trek’s Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols became a passionate advocate to get women and minorities involved in real-world space exploration. Many were inspired to become astronauts thanks to her efforts, including NASA’s current administrator, General Charles Bolden. While she continues working through various endeavors to get young people excited about space, she hopes that the power of Star Trek will inspire us to keep pushing the boundaries of the final frontier.

Guests:

Nichelle Nichols Actress, singer, dancer and space advocate.

Co-Host:

Leighann Lord Comedian.

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