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Chasing space : an astronaut's story of grit, grace, and second chances / Leland Melvin.

Melvin, Leland, (author.).

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Summary:

Leland Melvin is the only person in history to catch a pass in the National Football League and in space. Though his path from the gridiron to the heavens was riddled with setbacks and injury, Leland persevered to reach the stars. While training with NASA, Leland suffered a severe injury that left him deaf. He was relegated to earthbound assignments but chose to remain and support his astronaut family. His loyalty paid off: after he recovered partial hearing, he earned his eligibility for space travel. He served as a mission specialist for two flights aboard the shuttle Atlantis, working on the International Space Station. In this memoir, the former NASA astronaut and professional athlete offers an examination of the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that align to shape our opportunities and outcomes. Chasing Space is not the story of one man but the story of many men and women, scientists and mentors, who helped him defy the odds and live out an uncommon destiny.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Cascade Locks Library YA 921 MELVIN 2017 (Text) 33892100544056 Young Adult Non-Fiction Book None 07/03/2018 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0062496727
  • ISBN: 9780062496737
  • Physical Description: 241 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
I really can't hear -- Vision, grit, and Lynchburg -- Second chances -- A short life in the NFL -- NASA Langley -- The world's most exclusive club -- Recovery and tragedy -- Training for space -- The final frontier -- Educator -- The next mission.
Summary, etc.:
Leland Melvin is the only person in history to catch a pass in the National Football League and in space. Though his path from the gridiron to the heavens was riddled with setbacks and injury, Leland persevered to reach the stars. While training with NASA, Leland suffered a severe injury that left him deaf. He was relegated to earthbound assignments but chose to remain and support his astronaut family. His loyalty paid off: after he recovered partial hearing, he earned his eligibility for space travel. He served as a mission specialist for two flights aboard the shuttle Atlantis, working on the International Space Station. In this memoir, the former NASA astronaut and professional athlete offers an examination of the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that align to shape our opportunities and outcomes. Chasing Space is not the story of one man but the story of many men and women, scientists and mentors, who helped him defy the odds and live out an uncommon destiny.
Subject: Melvin, Leland.
International Space Station.
Detroit Lions (Football team)
African American astronauts > United States > Biography.
African American football players > United States > Biography.
Acoustic trauma > Patients.
Deaf > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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