Recovering partial hearing, he earned his eligibility for space travel. His loyalty paid off. 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. While training with NASA, Melvin suffered a severe injury that left him deaf. Chasing space is not the story of one man, women, but the story of many men, scientists, and mentors who helped him defy the odds and live out an uncommon destiny.
Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances #ad - As a chemist, athlete, engineer and space traveler, Leland’s life story is a study in the science of achievement. Leland was relegated to earthbound assignments, but chose to remain and support his astronaut family. Though his path to the heavens was riddled with setbacks and injury, Leland persevered to reach the stars.
His personal insights illuminate how grit and grace, are the keys to overcoming adversity and rising to success.
Chasing Space Young Readers' EditionAmistad #ad - Instead, he found a new one—something that was completely out of this world. He joined nasa, braved an injury that nearly left him permanently deaf, and still managed to muster the courage and resolve to travel to space on the shuttle Atlantis to help build the International Space Station. Leland’s problem-solving methods and can-do attitude turned his impossible-seeming dream into reality.
Leland’s story introduces readers to the fascinating creative and scientific challenges he had to deal with in space and will encourage the next generation of can-do scientists to dare to follow their dreams. Bill nye the science guy says: “leland’s story moves fast; once you get started you’ll want to join the chase.
”. In chasing space, leland melvin tackles stupendous obstacles with dogged determination, showing you what is indeed possible in life—if you belive. Neil degrasse tyson, author of astrophysics for people in a hurry and Welcome to the UniverseWinner of the 2019 Grand Canyon Reader Award for Tween Non-FictionMeet Leland Melvin—football star, NASA astronaut, and professional dream chaser.
Chasing Space Young Readers' Edition #ad - In this inspiring memoir, adapted from the simultaneous version for adults, young readers will get to learn about Leland Melvin’s remarkable life story, from being drafted by the Detroit Lions to bravely orbiting our planet in the International Space Station to writing songs with will. I. Am, working with serena williams, and starring in top-rated television shows like The Dog Whisperer, Top Chef, and Child Genius.
With do-it-yourself experiments in the back of the book and sixteen pages of striking full-color photographs, this is the perfect book to inspire young readers.
Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the UniverseCrown Archetype #ad - Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having “the right stuff” really means. Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class long island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection.
. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17, 500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you’re about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind’s chance to unlock the universe’s secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.
Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe #ad - Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope—which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission—Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible.
Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in SpaceLittle, Brown and Company #ad - From training for the mission to launch, to re-entry, to his historic spacewalk, he reveals for readers of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his groundbreaking experiments, and the wonders of daily life on board the International Space Station. The public was invited to submit questions using the hashtag #askanastronaut, diagrams, and a selection are answered by Tim in the book, accompanied with illustrations, and never-before-seen photos.
Was it fun to do a space walk? how squashed were you in the capsule on the way back? what were your feelings as you looked down on Earth for the first time? Were you ever scared? Where to next--the Moon, or beyond?Based on his historic mission to the International Space Station, Ask an Astronaut is Tim Peake's guide to life in space, Mars, and his answers to the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth.
Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space #ad - With explanations ranging from the mundane--how do you wash your clothes or go to the bathroom while in orbit?--to the profound--what's the point?--all written in Tim's characteristically warm style, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of space exploration.
We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space ProgramUniversity of Texas Press #ad - Presidents John F. The space age began just as the struggle for civil rights forced Americans to confront the long and bitter legacy of slavery, discrimination, and violence against African Americans. Kennedy and lyndon johnson utilized the space program as an agent for social change, using federal equal employment opportunity laws to open workplaces at NASA and NASA contractors to African Americans while creating thousands of research and technology jobs in the Deep South to ameliorate poverty.
. Adding new names to the roster of civil rights heroes and a new chapter to the story of space exploration, We Could Not Fail demonstrates how African Americans broke the color barrier by competing successfully at the highest level of American intellectual and technological achievement. We could not fail tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of how shooting for the stars helped to overcome segregation on earth.
We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program #ad - Richard paul and steven moss profile ten pioneer African American space workers whose stories illustrate the role NASA and the space program played in promoting civil rights. The authors vividly describe what it was like to be the sole African American in a NASA work group and how these brave and determined men also helped to transform Southern society by integrating colleges, holding elective office, patenting new inventions, and reviving and governing defunct towns.
They recount how these technicians, and an astronaut candidate surmounted barriers to move, engineers, in some cases literally, mathematicians, from the cotton fields to the launching pad.
Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of DiscoveryVintage #ad - Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, his twin brother's wife, american Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, both life-threatening and mundane: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk; and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on a previous mission, was shot while he still had two months in space.
Kelly's humanity, and as he makes clear his belief that mars will be the next, and determination resonate throughout, compassion, humor, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, ultimately challenging, step in spaceflight.
Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery #ad - In endurance, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the infinite wonder of the galaxy. National best sellera stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come.
The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have.
No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the MoonNational Geographic #ad - Everywhere he goes, crowds gather to meet Buzz Aldrin. No dream is too high whittles down buzz aldrin's event-filled life into a short list of principles he values, each illustrated by fascinating anecdotes and memories, such as: · Second comes right after first. Nasa protocol should have meant he was first on the moon, but rules changed just before the mission.
Look for opportunities, not obstacles. No dream is too high is a beautiful memento, a thought-provoking set of ideas, and a new opportunity for Buzz Aldrin to connect with the masses of people who recognize his unique place in human history. He stays fit, energetic, and fascinated with life. Always maintain your spirit of adventure.
No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon #ad - Beloved american hero and astronaut buzz aldrin reflects on the wisdom, and irreverent anecdotes he's gathered—both in outer space and on earth—through his event-filled life, guiding principles, in this inspiring guide-to-life for the next generation. Buzz was rejected the first time he applied to be an astronaut.
He is a world-class hero, a larger-than-life figurehead, best known of a generation of astronauts whose achievements surged in just a few years from first man in space to first men on the moon. For his 80th birthday, Buzz went diving in the Galapagos and hitched a ride on a whale shark. Failure is an opportunity to learn to do better.
Now he pauses to reflect and share what he has learned, from the vantage point not only of outer space but also of time: still a non-stop traveler and impassioned advocate for space exploration, Aldrin will be 86 in 2016.
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for AnythingLittle, Brown and Company #ad - In an astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Col. During this time he has broken into a space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff.
Hadfield. Through eye-opening, calm responses mandated by crises, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, and the measured, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement-and happiness. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything #ad - You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Col. Colonel chris hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it.
The secret to Col. But his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, completely, and will change, the way you view life on Earth-especially your own.
The Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a GenerationChicago Review Press #ad - Yet abbey had more influence on human spaceflight than almost anyone in history. The astronaut maker takes readers inside NASA to learn the real story of how Abbey rose to power and wielded it out of the spotlight. He was said to be secretive, despotic, a Space Age Machiavelli. S. The real book about the manned space program would be a book about George Abbey.
Richard truly, former astronaut and administrator of NASA One of the most elusive and controversial figures in NASA's history, George W. By the coauthor of the acclaimed astronaut memoirs deke! and we have Capture and informed by countless hours of interviews with Abbey and his family, adversaries, and former colleagues, friends, The Astronaut Maker is the ultimate insider's account of ambition and power politics at NASA.
The Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation #ad - Over a 37-year career he oversaw the selection of every astronaut class from 1978 to 1987, deciding who got to fly, and when; was with the Apollo 1 astronauts the night before the fire that killed them in January 1967; was in mission control the night of the Apollo 13 accident and organized the recovery effort; led NASA's recruitment of women and minorities as Space Shuttle astronauts—including hiring Sally Ride; and much more.
From young pilot and wannabe astronaut to engineer, bureaucrat, and finally director of the Johnson Space Center "mission control", Abbey's story has never been fully told—until now. Abbey was called "the dark lord, " "the godfather, " and "UNO" unidentified NASA official by those within NASA.
Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the MoonHenry Holt and Co. #ad - The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair-raising trip to the moon. But when frank borman, jim lovell and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on. Written with all the color and verve of the best narrative non-fiction, Apollo 8 takes us from Mission Control to the astronaut’s homes, from the test labs to the launch pad.
Then, on christmas eve, a nation that has suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war is heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another.
The full story of apollo 8 has never been told, and only Jeffrey Kluger—Jim Lovell’s co-author on their bestselling book about Apollo 13—can do it justice. The untold story of the historic voyage to the moon that closed out one of our darkest years with a nearly unimaginable triumphIn August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon.
Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon #ad - Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet. And when the mission is over—after the first view of the far side of the moon, the first earth-rise, and the first re-entry through the earth’s atmosphere following a flight to deep space—the impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seems within reach.
Meanwhile, the cold war was getting hotter by the month, the Russians were winning the space race, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken.
We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space RaceSmithsonian Books #ad - Tom stafford attained the highest speed ever reached by a test pilot 28, 547 mph, led the team that designed the sequence of missions leading to the original lunar landing, carried a cosmonaut’s coffin with Soviet Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, and drafted the original specifications for the B-2 stealth bomber on a piece of hotel stationery.
Stafford's apollo-soyuz team was the first group of Americans to work at the cosmonaut training center, the top-secret Soviet launch center, and also the first to visit Baikonur, in 1974. As president nixon's stand-in at the 1971 Soviet funeral for three cosmonauts, he opened the door to the possibility of cooperation in space between Russians and Americans.
We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race #ad - Stafford has continued in this leadership role right up to the present, Mir, participating in designing and evaluating the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. What an amazing career. His 17 july 1975 “handshake in space” with Soviet commander Alexei Leonov who became a lifelong friend proved to the world that the two opposing countries could indeed work successfully together.
He is truly an american hero who personifies the broadest spirit of exploration and cooperation. But his crowning achievement was surely his role as America’s unofficial space ambassador to the Soviet Union during the darkest days of the Cold War. In this lively memoir written with michael Cassutt, Gemini and Apollo astronaut, Stafford begins by recounting his early successes as a test pilot, and USAF general.