Inside Edition’s Day with Nichelle Nichols before the Trailblazer Really Went To Space

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The tributes pour in for Nichelle Nichols. She was a groundbreaking actress and died naturally over the weekend at the young age of 89. 

She is best known for her role in Lieutenant Nyota Ura’s story “Star Trek”Nichols started her career as a singer in nightclubs. On one occasion, she entertained Inside Edition. 

After a minor stroke in August of 1982, Nichols was able to invite Inside Edition to spend an hour with her, discussing her hopes and dreams as well as where her ambitions took her.  

“Even from a little girl I wanted to go to the moon, you know. I wanted to go to the stars,”She spoke.  

Nichols broke the glass ceiling as Uhura, one of the first Black women to be on primetime television in the 1960s. She also made history with television’s first interracial kiss with William Shatner.  

Later, she worked for NASA as a recruiter for women and people of colour.  

Not long after spending the day with Inside Edition, she would go on to travel to the edge of space in real life as a passenger on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA. The flight reached 50,000 feet in the stratosphere.   

“You always wanted to go to the moon and then suddenly someone says, ‘no I’m not kidding the plane leaves,’”She laughed.  

“To think that all my dreams were not dreams, they were reality they just (hadn’t) transpired yet,”She spoke.