Leland Melvin: NASA Astronaut's NFL Dreams Take a Historical Trip to Space Today

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About Leland Melvin: Leland Melvin is the first NFL Player to go to Space. Leland has inspired thousands of students to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics since joining NASA in 1998. "Leland was named Sportsmavericks 2007 Sports Legend of the Year April 10, 2007 for his accomplishments in academics and sports. Leland D. Melvin is a NCAA Division I Academic All American from University of Richmond, Chemist, Former NFL Player with Detroit Lions and Dallas cowboys, Material Engineer and NASA Astronaut. "Leland took his skills from the Gridiron, and combined them with his skills from the classroom to reach for the stars," says Ida Muorie. "(See Sportsmavericks Show With Ida Muorie at http://www.modavox.com.sports on April 10 2007, for the Leland Melvin's historical interview with Ida Muorie, host of the Sportsmavericks Show)."

Sportsmavericks educate and promote integrity in sports from high school, college to the pros. Looked for the Sportsmavericks Television show to debut early 2008.

Leland Melvin was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the 11th Round of the 1986 NFL Draft. Leland also participated in the Toronto Argonauts and Dallas Cowboy Football Training Camps before leaving football for a higher calling, Space. After leaving Football, Leland received a Master in Material Science Enginner and studied fiber optics at Langley.

After Leland completed his post graduate research work, he was higly recommended to NASA.
Leland was selected by NASA JSC in June 1998. Leland reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut training included orientation briefing tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instructiion in Shuttle and International Space Station Systems, Physiological Training and Ground School to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as wilderness survival techniques. After completing his training with success, Leland was assigned to the Astronaut Office Space Station Operation Branch and the Education Operation Branch, and the Education Department at NASA, headquartered in Washington, D.C. As co-manager of NASA's Education Astronaut Program, Leland Melvin traveled across the country, engaging thousands of students and teachers in the excitement of space exploration and inspiring thousands of thousands to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Leland next assignment was in the Robotics Branch of the Astronaut Office. Once completing his training in the Robotics Branch, Leland was assigned to the historical STS-122 Mission, that will deliver the European Space Agency's Columbus Laboratory to the International Space Station today.

During Leland's flight, he will command the robotic arm that will be used to lift a new scientific laboratory out of the shuttle's cargo hold, and place it on to the International space Station. The discipline and the training regiments that Leland learned on the gridiron and his training at NASA will come together for the first Super Bowl Victory In Space. Touchdown!

Note: Visit the Sportsmavericks website to learn more about other Sports Legends..

About Sportsmavericks Show With Ida Muorie
"Sportsmavericks Show is your on-line resource for sportsparents, athletes and educators. Ida R. Muorie, host of Sportsmavericks debut in the summer fo 2004 on voiceamerica network with the only internet radio program that targeted parents of athletes. With Sportsmaverick success, voiceamerica was able to launched a new sports network under (http://www.modavox.com/sports/).

"Sportsmavericks takes sports off the kitchen table, and captures some of the most unique, undiscovered and courageous stories in sports. Muorie uses the show to anchor parents into the process of helping elite athletes achieve excellence in academics and sports."

"Sportsmavericks educate and promote integrity in sports from high school, college to the pros. Looked for the Sportsmavericks Television show to debut early 2008."

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