Astronaut Melvin

Posted by muriel / on 12/28/2011 / 0 Comments

Leland Melvin - Astronaut by Chemistry Leland Melvin never meant to become an astronaut. 

He remembers Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, but he doesn’t remember being especially impressed. 

Image to right: Astronaut Leland Melvin, mission specialist. Image credit: NASA

“I think I was in my own little world of dirt club battles and cowboys and Indians,” he said. “I vaguely remember it, but it wasn’t something like, ‘Hey, I want to do that!’” 

What did impress him was chemistry. 

“My mom gave me a chemistry set when I was a kid, and I made this little concoction and blew up something on their rug,” Melvin said. “That was like, ‘Wow.’ So I became a chemistry major.” 

Landing a job at NASA didn’t change his focus. And even when a friend in the office told Melvin he’d make a great astronaut and gave him an application, he blew it off.


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