Nichelle Nichols, who starred as Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 89

Nichelle Nichols, who starred as Lt. Uhura on 'Star Trek,' dies at 89

Actress Nichelle Nichols, known for her most famous role as communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series, displays her Lego astronaut ring while visiting the âBuild the Futureâ activity where students created their vision of the future in space with LEGO bricks and elements inside a tent that was set up on the launch viewing area at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. NASA and The LEGO Group signed a Space Act Agreement to spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) NASA Identifier: nasahqphoto-5161637425

Nichelle Nichols, an actress and vocalist best known for playing Lieutenant Uhura, Star Trek’s communications officer, passed away on Saturday night in Silver City, New Mexico. Age-wise, she was 89.Nichelle Nichols, who starred as Lt. Uhura on 'Star Trek,' dies at 89

Kyle Johnson, her son, sent a message on the website saying, “I regret to inform you that a great star in the firmament no longer shines for us as it did for so many years.” Her light, however, will endure for us and future generations to appreciate, learn from, and be inspired by, much like the old galaxies now being glimpsed for the first time.Nichelle Nichols, who starred as Lt. Uhura on 'Star Trek,' dies at 89

As Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original TV series, Nichols made history as one of the first Black women to appear in a major television series.

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