Sep 19, 2015

Posted in Editorial

Star Trek meets NASA

Star Trek meets NASA

Off she goes into space! That’s Nichelle Nichols – or Uhura to you and me – and isn’t it wonderful that it should be a Communications Officer who goes (ahem: I’m a Communications Officer, too).  82 years old and recovering from a stroke – but she’s still going.  What’s she going to do there?  She’ll be part of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infared Astronomy (SOFIA) telescope mission.  The SOFIA telescope “”makes observations in infrared of planetary atmospheres, distant supernova, comets, and other objects not always easy to see from the ground in the visible spectrum. By flying into the stratosphere, the plane is above interference from water vapor.” [Popular Mechanics, 2015]

UPDATE: And back she comes! Nichols tweeted that it had been ‘a dream’, but that she was headed home for some ‘much-needed rest.’  We hear you, Nichelle!