Nichelle Nichols (& Star Trek) Part Of NASA’s Musical Celebration Of Human Spaceflight Next Week

Next Wednesday NASA is holding a special musical event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC celebrating 50 years of American spaceflight. On hand will be Star Trek’s original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, who will be accompanying an orchestra playing the original Star Trek theme. Details below. 


Nichols and Star Trek at "Human Spaceflight: The Kennedy Legacy"

On Wednesday May 25th The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is holding a special musical celebration honoring 50 years of American spaceflight. The program includes a Special Tribute to Human Spaceflight plus music performed by the "Space Philharmonic" conducted by Emil de Cou. The one hour musical event will include the original Star Trek theme by Alexander Courage, accompanied by vocals from Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s original Uhura.

NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden will be the host for the event which will also include a number of choruses, including the US Army Field Band and local high schools.

The event is free, but reserved tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed, two (2) per person in line, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Hall of Nations on the day of the performance. Visit for more information.

"Star Trek" theme wakes up Discovery in March – will be performed live at NASA celebration of 50 Years of American Spaceflight on May 25th in Washington DC

NASA Still Showing Star Trek The Love

Throughout the decades there have been many connections between Star Trek and NASA, such as the naming of the first space shuttle as "Enterprise." But even in just the last year there have been a number of Trek connections including Brent Spiner narrating a NASA feature on Hubble, Wil Wheaton voicing a Spitzer telescope video (see below), William Shatner (and "Star Trek" theme) providing the final wakeup call for Shuttle Discovery and narrating a NASA Shuttle Tribute video, LeVar Burton’s invitation to the final launch of Shuttle Endeavour, and a Star Trek themed poster for the final Endeavour mission.  In fact, there is yet another Trek connection to Endeavour’s current mission that we will report when it returns back to Earth. So it seems that Star Trek and the space program will continue to boldly go together.

Wheaton voiced NASA video just one of many Trek connections from just last year – proving NASA is teaming with Trekkies


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I know what an Irwin unit is.

Wow, Nichelle looks really good.

Memo to Shat: stop frying turkeys in vats of oil and start eating healthy like Nichelle!

Love the Video with the Shat and the Space Shuttle. NASA and Star Trek. A Good Fit.

Wow! Nichelle Nichols is still able to sing. I remember her singing in at least two TOS episodes and she had such a nice singing voice. Our TV channels’ news section have been covering the last mission of the shuttle and we heard William Shatner’s wake up call to the astronauts on prime time news. I hope we’ll get to see and hear the orchestra play the Star Trek theme and hear Nichelle Nichols sing on TV news here, come the time. This is just so cool!

Nichelle is such a beautiful lady with such a wonderful voice! Its so great that she doing this! :)

@4. Yes, I did get out of line here. I am going to take a vacation from bashing Shat. Sorry

Yeah great… I want to see a video about it… I bet if this is possible, Anthony Pascale put here later… I hope!

:-) :-)

I would kill to have Nichelle Nichols’ singing range. Seriously, that would solve all my musical problems.

Nichelle is wonderful, my wife still talks about the first time she met her at a Vegas CON. We met her again at a local Wizard World Comic CON in Anaheim and spent a lot ot time talking with her with no one else coming up to her. Which was sad in a way, but great for us since she really enjoyed having ST fans to speak with her. She had such great stories to related to us about the moives, funny stories about her TOS uniform/costume, and insights of her fellow stars. Truely a beautiful woman.

er …. if anyone is eating turkey or chicken that’s been fried in a vat, it’s Nichols, not Shatner.

Does anyone have the 70’s NASA recruitment film she acted in? She wrote about it in “Beyond Uhura” and it sounds almost as hilarious as the infomercial that Frakes acted in during the 90’s.

@11. Greenberg, please see:

(Anthony, just responding to Greenberg’s post on the origin of the fried turkey here…I’m not criticizing Shat)

It just sounds like Shatner was trying out something new (for him). From reading the article, it seemed like this was not something he did regularly – deep frying a turkey in peanut oil.

#12, I remember the incident, haha. Too funny to forget.