Nichelle Nichols Sings Star Trek Theme to Welcome Shuttle Endeavour

Collecting herself after the wind sent her speech notes flying, Uhura belted out a few bars of the classic show's theme music

By Natalie Finn Sep 22, 2012 12:07 AMTags
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It's going to take more than a little wind to rattle Uhura.

Star Trek icon Nichelle Nichols gave space/aviation/history geeks a major thrill at the landing ceremony for the retired space shuttle Endeavour, which made its way to Los Angeles International Airport today on the back of a Boeing 747.

After a gust of wind blew her speech notes right off podium, Nichols, the event's host, grabbed at the pages and burst into an impromptu rendition of the famed Star Trek theme while she collected herself.

You can imagine how that went over. 

"Thank you!" she said, smiling, as the crowd cheered.

But while Uhura herself belting out the Alexander Courage-penned classic (the only thing missing was William Shatner's monologue) was something, Endeavour touching down after its aerial tour of California—plus the 123 milion miles it traveled in space—was also a sight to behold.

Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare of the Common Man" played as the 747, modified to accommodate the 21-year-old shuttle's heft, seemingly glided onto the runway.

Endeavour will embark on a two-day tour through the streets of L.A. en route to its final destination at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.