Darren Franich
April 04, 2012 AT 06:20 PM EDT

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Nichelle Nichols played Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek, a role that cemented her place in history. (When she was considering leaving the show after the first season, Martin Luther King convinced her to stay. Ask your parents, kids.) Nichols swung by the Oval Office in late February to hang out with President Obama, and she just posted a photo of the encounter on Twitter. (Click on the photo on the left for a better look.) In the photo, the president and the actress are both flashing the Vulcan “live long and prosper” salute.

Can we talk about how freaking good Obama’s salute is? That’s the kind of Vulcan salute you only get by practicing in the mirror. Now if only Avery Brooks could swing by the Oval Office and convince Obama to grow a season-3 beard. Deep Space Nine was so awesome, you guys.

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