Shout! Factory has announced the Feb. 16 release of Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA, a documentary on the inspiring true story of Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols and how she pioneered the NASA recruiting program to hire people of color, and the first female astronauts, in the late 1970s.
The documentary will be released through digital retailers and VOD. Fans who preorder form Apple also have access to exclusive bonus features, including an extended “The Story Behind the Story” featurette, deleted scenes, trailers and teasers.
Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA will also be screened in select movies theaters on Feb. 6. Information on participating cinemas, and how to get tickets, can be found here.
Nichols transformed her sci-fi television stardom into a real-life science career when, in 1977, she embarked on a campaign to bring diversity to NASA. Nichols formed the company Women In Motion, Inc. and recruited more than 8,000 African-American, Asian and Latino women and men for the agency. Her program continues to influence the younger generation of astronauts as well, including Mae Jemison, the first female African-American astronaut in space. Despite an uphill battle against a bureaucracy that was hesitant to let her get involved, Nichols persevered and is credited by NASA for turning it into one of the most diverse independent agencies in the United States Federal Government.
In addition to Nichols, Woman In Motion features notable celebrities, activists, scientists and astronauts including Neil deGrasse Tyson, George Takei, Pharrell Williams, Martin Luther King III, Al Sharpton, Vivica A. Fox, Walter Koenig, Rod Roddenberry, Michael Dorn, Guy Bluford, Charles Bolden, Ivor Dawson, Frederik Gregory and Benjamin Crump.