Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek, and the Remaking of NASA

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Nichelle did a LOT of work in getting Women as well as minorities into the NASA Program, which imo has been totally forgetten.

It was all she would talk about in the late 70’s, early 80’s when I would see her

Nice to see her being remembered for her tireless efforts!(y)
 

firesprite

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Nichelle did a LOT of work in getting Women as well as minorities into the NASA Program, which imo has been totally forgetten.

It was all she would talk about in the late 70’s, early 80’s when I would see her

Nice to see her being remembered for her tireless efforts!(y)

It's true. I didn't realize that three of the people she helped recruit perished in the Challenger disaster. That part of the documentary just destroyed me.

And if anyone doubts her impact, these stats from around the midpoint of the film absolutely blew me away:

When Nichelle started out, NASA only had 1,500 astronaut applications after an 8 month period.
Fewer than 100 were from women.
And only 35 were minorities.
When she finished, NASA had over 8,000 applications.
1,649 were from women.
And over 1,000 were from minorities.
Her recruitment campaign lasted just 4 months.
 

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