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MPC OSERVATORY 643
Astronomical Research
Dedicated to expanding human knowledge
Saturn
Naming Citation:   NICHOLS = (68410) = 2001 QB154
Nichelle Nichols Minor White and Myke Collins discovered this asteroid August 15, 2001, at mV 19.2.  We successfully recovered it on August 27 and September 17.  Contributions from surveys helped to establish a solid 3-month arc for the opposition.

Nichelle Nichols was an accomplished actress before her signature roll as Lt. Uhura in the Star Trek series.  She toured extensively in North America and Europe as a singer with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands, she has a single 'Shoop, Shoop' and has toured in a one-woman play portraying many different famous black singers of the 20th Century.  She also founded an educational production company called 'Women in Motion'.

Nichelle's interest in space far exceeded her role as Lt. Uhura.  She flew aboard the C-141 Astronomy Observatory, which analyzed the atmospheres of Mars and Saturn, relishing the eight hour high-altitude flight.  She has spent much of her time involved with NASA in the recruiting of women and minorities for its space program.

Nichelle is also an accomplished artist, painting in oil, sculpts and has designed her own clothes.  She has written two sci-fi books, 'Saturn's Child' and 'Saturna's Quest'.  The hailing frequencies will forever remain open for Nichelle Nichols.

The official citation reads:
  "Nichelle Nichols (born 1936, Robbins, IL, USA) was best known for her role as Lt. Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek series.  She has also been a global ambassador for NASA and a recruiter of astronauts.  Nichelle has inspired millions as a scifi author.  She stands undaunted in her belief that humankind must seek new knowledge."  

The name Nichols was proposed during our naming campaign by Karen Cilevitz, a member of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (R.A.S.C.) - Toronto Centre.