Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances by Leland Melvin

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Read Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances Online Free - In this revelatory and moving memoir, a former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver shares his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, examining the intersecting roles of community, perseverance and grace that align to create the opportunities for success.

Leland Melvin is the only person in human history to catch a pass in the National Football League and in space. Though his path 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 uplifting memoir, the former NASA astronaut and professional athlete offers an examination of the intersecting role of community, determination, 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.

Title : Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances
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ISBN : 0062496778
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Jordan rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 02, 2017

In this personal memoir, Leland Melvin recounts his life from childhood to football and the NFL, to NASA and EVAs, to the community work he went on to do for the space program. And it's all generally about as exciting as that sentence. The discussion of his experience in space is good, when it fi...

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

June 04, 2017

"Taking extravagant pleasure in being alive." Melvin wrote that in his journal at one point along his NASA journey, and it encapsulated for me his approach to life. I appreciated his discussion of the obstacles he faced and how he worked to overcome them. His is an inspiring story.

Larisa rated it ★★★★☆

January 02, 2018

The narrative was not the most cohesive but still an enjoyable read. I wish his experiences in actual space travel were more detailed. Unfortunately that part of the book was relatively short, and his struggles with the physiological changes of zero gravity were some of the most interesting parts...

David rated it ★★★☆☆

July 09, 2017

A feel good autobiography of Leland's life. There's nothing profound in what he's been through or what he says but it's an enjoyable read about what seems like a great guy who deserved everything he's earned. Would love to share a beer with him one day and hear his stories in person.

Monica rated it ★★★☆☆

July 07, 2017

This is nice book about never giving up on your dreams! Even with the adversity of a dream gets sidelined and/ or crushed. Sometimes you get a 2nd chance and change the course of how you ultimately accomplish your goals after all! But this book dragged on forever! Would definitely not re-read thi...

Alexandra rated it ★★★☆☆

July 02, 2017

If I'm being honest, I only wanted to read this book because of the cover. The author's NASA photo was taken with his dogs? As a dog lover, I'm sold! I didn't know anything about the author, Leland Melvin, prior to reading this book. But I'm glad I know about him now because he has lived an amazin...

MaryBeth rated it ★★★☆☆

June 10, 2017

Mr. Melvin's life so far is an amazing story about a child from Lynchburg, VA who grew into a man who faced down adversity to make it into outer space and back. A University of Richmond and UVA grad, Melvin is smart, hard-working and loves his dogs. He names friends and family throughout but the...

Allison rated it ★★★☆☆

June 10, 2017

A great story, just not well-written. If you're looking for a story about someone with grit, this is it.

Charlene rated it ★★★★☆

April 17, 2017

Melvin isn't the most lyrical writer, but he certainly captures the special moments as well as more down-to-earth activities from his long career at NASA, with side-trips into his work making STEM learning more available for kids everywhere, and his brief time playing pro football and hosting nic...

Bookworm rated it ★★★☆☆

July 18, 2017

Book does not do this interesting man's story justice. Honestly, the only reason why I picked up this book was because I recognized the picture of Mr. Melvin with the dogs. It's a picture that has been around the internet and occasionally pops up now and again. So when I saw he had a book (althou...

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