Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on 'Star Trek,' has died at 89

Her son Kyle Johnson said Nichols died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico.

Her role in the 1966-69 series earned Nichols a lifelong position of honor with the series' rabid fans

More recently, she had a recurring role on television's "Heroes," playing the great-aunt of a young boy with mystical powers.

Nichols died in Silver City, N.M., after a career that had touched the hearts of many in the U.S.

After “Star Trek” ended, Nichols applied to NASA and was accepted as a recruiter for the federal agency.

She focused on recruiting more women and people of color and is credited with bringing in more than 8,000 applications to NASA.

Ms. Nichols had a long career as an entertainer, beginning as a teenage supper-club singer and dancer in Chicago, her hometown, and later appearing on television.

Ms. Nichols’s first appearances on “Star Trek” predated the 1968 sitcom “Julia,” in which Diahann Carroll, playing a widowed mother who works as a nurse