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Leland Melvin

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

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.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Children/Youth, Non-Fiction