An engineer with a masters in Materials Sciences, retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin is a veteran of two Space Shuttle Atlantis missions (STS-122 in February 7–20, 2008 and STS-129 in November 16–27, 2009), and spent many years as a NASA educator, talking about science, technology, engineering, and math with teachers and students around the country. He tells his story in this Microsoft promo:
Even as a former standout athlete—he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1986 NFL Draft—with a masters in Materials Sciences, Leland Melvin never dreamed of becoming an astronaut until a colleague at NASA convinced him to enter the trials. Despite a debilitating ear injury sustained during training, Leland served among the first flight crews that led America back into space following the space shuttle Columbia disaster.
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