Aug 26, 2022
By Andy Johnson
Lieutenant Ohura is about to head out on her final mission to the final frontier.
‘Star Trek’ legend Nichelle Nichols is going to join several of her Enterprise crewmates as part of an incredibly fitting mission to put their remains into orbit.
Nichols, who played Lt. Ohura on the original ‘star Trek’ series, passed away in July at the age of 89. She will now have her ashes added to the payload of a Vulcan rocket heading to the moon and beyond later this year.
The rocket will deliver Nichelle’s remains, as well as those of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, Canadian actor James Doohan who played “Scotty” and Majel Barrett Roddenberry who played “Nurse Chapel,” into a so-called “graveyard orbit” around the sun.
Nichols’ son says he’s sure she would have preferred the space shuttle to a Vulcan rocket ship for his final trip to space, but some where Mister Spock is smiling at the irony.