Chasing Space: An Evening with Astronaut Leland Melvin
May 5, 2022, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Leland Melvin is an engineer, educator, former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on mission STS-122 (2008) and STS-129 (2009), helping to construct the International Space Station. Upon hanging up his space boots, he led NASA Education and co-chaired the White House’s Federal Coordination in STEAM Education Task Force, developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan.
After 24 years with NASA as a researcher, astronaut and Senior Executive Service leader, he shares his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue STEAM careers. In May 2017, Leland released his memoir, Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances. In Chasing Space, Leland shares his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, and examine the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that align to create the opportunities for success.
The event will be free and open to the public, although advance registration will be required. Registration and venue details coming soon.
Further reading at the Linda Hall Library:
- Harland, David M. The Story of the Space Shuttle. London: Springer, 2004.
- Linda Hall Library online exhibition, Mapping the Moon: A Brief History of Lunar Cartography.
- Melvin, Leland. Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances. New York: Amistad, 2017.
- Neal, Valerie. Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era and Beyond: Redefining Humanity’s Purpose in Space. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.
This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.