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Author Melvin, Leland, 1964- author.
Title Chasing space : an astronaut's story of grit, grace, and second chances / Leland Melvin.
Pub Info New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
book jacket
 Chatham-Children's Coll.  J 921 Mel     AVAILABLE
 Falmouth-Adult Collection  926.2945 Melvin     AVAILABLE
 Mashpee-Adult Collection  B MEL     AVAILABLE
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Edition First edition.
Descript vii, 241 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
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Summary A memoir by the former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver traces his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, examining the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that create opportunities for success.
"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 inspirational 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. The life story of Leland--chemist, athlete, engineer, and space traveler--is a study in the science of achievement. His personal insights illuminate that grit and drive are the keys to overcoming adversity and rising to success."--Jacket.
Contents 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.
Subject Melvin, Leland, 1964-
Melvin, Leland, 1964-
Astronauts -- United States -- Biography.
Football players -- United States -- Biography.
Genre Autobiographies.
ISBN 0062496727 (hardcover)
9780062496720 (hardcover)
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