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    Leland Melvin

    Former NFL Athlete; US Astronaut, Retired & Author

    Leland Melvin began his career as a football player with the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, but his passion and perseverance took him from the NFL to NASA. There, he traveled off-planet twice on Space Shuttle Atlantis to help build the International Space Station, which led him to develop a deep and nuanced understanding of effective team dynamics. After hanging up his space boots, he led NASA Education and co-chaired the White House’s Federal Coordination in STEM Education Task Force, developing the nation’s five-year STEM education plan. His new book, Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances tells the moving tale of his journey through injury and adversity to become the first man to catch a pass both in a pro football game and in space.

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    Friday, Oct 20 2017

    10 AM

    Join us a Edison Talks this year, where we’ll explore our theme, the Uncharted, with more than a dozen speakers and performers who are pushing... read more
    7 hours | Edison | Harris Theater

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