|Naming Citation: NICHOLS = (68410) = 2001 QB154|
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.
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