Nichols — who died at 89 on July 30 — is best known for playing Lt. Nyota Uhura in the “Star Trek” television series from 1966 to 1969, and in the sci-fi franchise’s films from 1979 to 1991.
Her cremated remains will be aboard the first Celestis Voyager Memorial Spaceflight, which will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Celestis, Inc., is a private company that conducts memorial spaceflights.
Among the remains also aboard the flight will be the ashes of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry; his wife, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, who played various roles in the show and films; and James Doohan, who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the films and TV series.
The spaceflight will travel beyond NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and into interplanetary deep space. In addition to cremated remains, capsules onboard will also carry complete human genome DNA samples from willing participants.
All events will be shown via webcast, according to Celestis.