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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leland Melvin Narrator: Ron Butler Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9780062675071
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Leland Melvin is the only person in human 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, Melvin suffered a severe injury that left him deaf. Leland was relegated to earthbound assignments, but chose to remain and support his astronaut family. His loyalty paid off. Recovering partial hearing, he earned his eligibility for space travel. He served as mission specialist for two flights aboard the shuttle Atlantis, working on the International Space Station.

In this inspirational memoir, the former NASA astronaut and professional athlete offers an examination of the intersecting role 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, women, scientists, and mentors who helped him defy the odds and live out an uncommon destiny.

As a chemist, athlete, engineer, and space traveler, Leland’s life story is a study in the science of achievement. His personal insights illuminate how grit and grace are the keys to overcoming adversity and rising to success.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Leland has helped me connect to the Universe I searched for so long since being a kid…And now he will take you, too, on a journey.”

    Pharrell Williams

  • “[Leland] shows us how he made the best of every opportunity and every setback on his way from his hometown to outer space.”

    Bill Nye, CEO of the Planetary Society

  • “When in training to be an astronaut, Melvin, a former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, suffered a terrible injury that left him deaf. Recovering partial hearing, he was able to serve as mission specialist for two Atlantis flights.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Leland Melvin is an engineer, NASA astronaut, and 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 the cochair 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 Players Association Award of Excellence. He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

About the Narrator

Ron Butler is a Los Angeles–based actor, Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, and voice artist with over a hundred film and television credits. Most kids will recognize him from the three seasons he spent on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. He works regularly as a commercial and animation voice-over artist and has voiced a wide variety of audiobooks. He is a member of the Atlantic Theater Company and an Independent Filmmaker Project Award winner for his work in the HBO film Everyday People.