“From the late 1970s until 1987, Nichelle Nichols was employed by NASA and was in charge of astronaut recruits and hopefuls. Most of the recruits that she launched were minority candidates of different races and/or ethnicities, as well as gender, like Guion Bluford (the first African-American male astronaut), Sally Ride (the first American female astronaut), Judith A. Resnik (one of the original female astronauts recruited by NASA, who perished during the launch of the Challenger on January 28, 1986), and Ron McNair (another victim of the Challenger disaster). She lived in Houston, Texas during her years as a Johnson Space Center employee.”
I have loved Nichelle Nichols since I was a wee tiny baby in my playpen watching Star Trek over my big brother’s shoulder as I always apparently did, and this paragraph in her FUCKING AMAAAAAZING bio on IMDb (srsly, go read that) made tears practically shoot out of my eyes.
Seeing her in person on Sunday at a convention, and you could say I’m just a little bit stoked. SO MANY FEELS!!!!!
Space Canadian Chris Hadfield continues his quest for interplanetary internet dominance with this incredible experiment submitted by two Nova Scotia high school students: Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner
They wanted to know what would happen if you wrung out a washcloth on the ISS? I won’t spoil the ending for you, but suffice to say it’s about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
I love how he doesn’t even have to hold the mic. Great job, Kendra and Meredith! For science!
Chris Hadfield makes me so proud to be a nerdy Canadian.