Nichelle Nichols explored the far reaches of outer space as Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek TV series, and now, the 82-year-old actress has revealed that she’ll boldly go where no man has gone before. Well, not really — but we couldn’t help but use the famous catchphrase from the show’s open. In actuality, Nichols will be a passenger on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). It’s an aircraft that carries a huge telescope used for looking into space at comets and even examining things close up, like the Earth’s atmosphere. “It’s an airborne observatory, a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as possible,” she said during an AMA on Reddit, adding that the SOFIA aircraft does not leave the planet’s atmosphere. Live long and prosper, Nichelle.
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