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September 6th, 2011
12:46 PM ET

'Star Trek's' Lt. Uhura explains NASA's new missle launch

Though NASA's shuttle program ended this summer, the space agency's quest to explore the universe isn't over.

On Thursday, NASA is scheduled to launch a Delta 2 rocket carrying twin GRAIL spacecraft – GRAIL short for "Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory." It is the space agency's first step towards landing the next generation of astronauts on the moon.

Many people have been involved in this effort, although one woman's involvement may come as a surprise to some. Nichelle Nicols, better known as Lt. Uhura from the classic sci-fi show "Star Trek," helped to recruit NASA astronauts. "Star Trek" will celebrate its 45th anniversary of the first airing of the series this week on the same day that the rocket is set to launch.

Nicols joins American Morning live from Captain James Kirk's actual seat from the show at the Kennedy Space Center this morning to discuss NASA's missile launch and her experience in "Star Trek."

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