Leland Melvin

Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances

Chasing Space Young Readers' Edition

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Leland Melvin, author of Chasing Space, is an engineer and NASA astronaut, as well as a former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. He served on the space shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist and was named the NASA Associate Administrator for Education in October 2010. He also served as a co-chair on the White House’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Task Force, developing the nation’s five-year STEM education plan.

He is the host of the Lifetime show Child Genius and a judge for ABC’s BattleBots. He holds four honorary doctorates and has received the NFL Player Association Award of Excellence. He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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