Nichelle Nichols took her ride on NASA’s SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) plane. Because the telescope observes a band of radiation that is absorbed by our atmosphere, it has to be flown to around 40,00 feet to function. The flight took off Tuesday night and lasted seven hours.
And she brought a Tribble!!!! Give me a moment so I can I squee like the fangirl I am!
This picture makes me insanely happy.
Nichelle is well-known for her work with NASA to recruit more minorities and women into the STEM ranks. When I was growing up, back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, Uhura was about the only female engineer on TV and definitely the only WOC in STEM. Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space, cited Nichelle as a huge influence on her choice of career.
I want to be Nichelle Nichols when I grow up; it might actually make growing up worth it.