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

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

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Chasing space : an astronaut's story of grit, grace, and second chances
Title
Chasing space
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an astronaut's story of grit, grace, and second chances
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Leland Melvin
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Chasing space
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an astronauts story of grit, grace, and second chances
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Language
eng
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
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Award
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona), Tween Nonfiction Book Category, 2019.
Review
  • Featuring an eye-catching cover of Melvin in his spacesuit with his two dogs lovingly gazing at him, this memoir of an "unexpected astronaut" will appeal to a wide audience. It opens with a description of how ruptured eardrums nearly ended years of training before he even had the chance to go into space. Melvin persevered, just as his family taught him, and 10 years later became a crew member on the space shuttle Atlantis and worked aboard the International Space Station. His experiences in space will intrigue readers, as will the details of his pre-NASA life. As a young man, Melvin had received a scholarship to play NCAA football while majoring in science at the University of Richmond. He briefly played for the NFL but was sidelined because of an injury. The author makes his seemingly larger-than-life experiences relatable to readers, emphasizing how his hard work and confidence were crucial to his success. Young athletes will especially appreciate the discussion of how a sports team can act as an extended family, and Melvin's account of the difficulties he encountered as an African American man in an often predominantly white setting will resonate with teens. VERDICT A heartfelt offering for fans of inspiring memoirs, sports lovers, or those interested in the STEM fields.—Sherry J. Mills, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis --Sherry J. Mills (Reviewed 08/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 8, p113)
  • 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. With a 30,000-copy first printing. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 01/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 01, p72)
Biography type
autobiography
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10561812
Cataloging source
YDX
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1964-
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Melvin, Leland
Dewey number
  • 629.450092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
TL789.85.M46
LC item number
A3 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Melvin, Leland
  • Astronauts
  • Football players
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an astronaut's story of grit, grace, and second chances
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Chasing space : an astronaut's story of grit, grace, and second chances, Leland Melvin
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn957636022
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 241 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062496720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)957636022
Label
Chasing space : an astronaut's story of grit, grace, and second chances, Leland Melvin
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn957636022
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 241 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062496720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)957636022

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