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American actress Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role in the sci-fi TV series Star Trek, has died age 89. Nichols broke barriers as one of the first black actresses in the US to play a authoritative figure in her role as Lt. Uhura in the series.

Nichols was later employed by NASA to encourage more women and African-Americans to become astronauts. She died of natural causes on Saturday night.

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