By Jacqueline Howard
February 18, 2016
SOURCE: Fast Company
“Hailing frequencies open!”
That’s not only the classic line from “Star Trek” — recited by Lieutenant Uhura, a character played by African-American actress Nichelle Nichols — but it also was repeated by Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space, at the start of her shifts on the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992.
The fictional Lieutenant Uhura was an inspiration to Jemison, who went on to inspire other young women of color to pursue careers in science, according to a new video posted to Facebook by Popular Science.