“In the hearts of those who cared about the space program there existed a bond between Starfleet and NASA. And it continues: Dr Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, and now a dear friend, even played a guest role on Gene’s next Star Trek television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Dr. Jemison, who as a child was inspired by Uhura, opened each of her Space Shuttle flight shifts with a “hailing frequencies open” that was heard around the globe—and, perhaps, beyond.”

Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories, by Nichelle Nichols (via lizardgoats)