Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols and Astronaut Recruitment

Ask an Expert Live

February 7, 2018 | 12:30pm
Presented Online

In 1997, when NASA wanted to illustrate a racially integrated crew of men and women working together in space, they turned to fiction: Star Trek. Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura in the original television series, even conducted a public relations campaign recruiting possible astronaut candidates for the space shuttle program. Join us on Facebook Live as curator Margaret Weitekamp talks about this fascinating piece of space history

Planning to attend in-person? Meet at the starship Enterprise in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall


Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. we will go live on the National Air and Space Museum Facebook page with an Ask an Expert talk. We’ll select a different aviation or space topic each week, and a Museum staff member will discuss the history, stories, or personalities related to a specific artifact or exhibition in the Museum. Tune in on Facebook Live each week to join the talk and ask our experts questions.