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A very detailed picture of what life is like for a NASA scientist and aspiring astronaut, including the extensive training and study required at each and every step of the way. The appendix has a number of DIY science projects related to the basic principles of rocketry.
Melvin has set out to inspire the next generation of space professionals with his story "to continue to spread the word about the possibilities and connections, lighting the path for journeys humanity has yet to take." He also offers inspiring messages such as, "We have to keep doing out best, no matter what the circumstances. It is about your heart, dedication, and spirit."
Positive Role Models
Melvin's path from NFL wide receiver to professional engineer to NASA researcher, Ph.D., astronaut, educator, and finally space traveler is truly incredible. His hard work, dedication, preparation, and family foundation are all revealed as essential elements of his success. As an African-American in a mostly white astronaut program, he's both a trailblazer and an exemplar of a long tradition of engineers and cosmonauts of color.
Violence & Scariness
Several of the fatal missions in space history are referenced, speaking to the courage necessary to face the perils of space travel.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Leland Melvin's Chasing Space is a kid-friendly autobiography of an incredibly talented, dedicated, and adaptable athlete-turned-astronaut. The book gives an inside look at the long and difficult road to become a NASA scientist and the rigorous preparation and practice required to make it all the way to outer space. Melvin leans on his supportive family and his Christian faith and looks to both as sources of inspiration.
Is It Any Good?
Leland Melvin's determination, courage, perseverance, and adaptability all shine through in this inspiring account of a remarkable career. Throughout Chasing Space, he constantly makes sure to point out all the opportunities and second chances given to him by various people and institutions that believed in him, stressing the importance of having a positive attitude and always showing your willingness to learn and grow.
With a straightforward writing style featuring fascinating insights into the realities of space travel and a larger-than-life story that needs no embellishment, Melvin passes on his wisdom to future generations "to spread the word about possibilities and connections, lighting the path for journeys humanity has yet to take." Any young aspiring astronaut or budding engineer should read this book for an inside look at the arc of a career in science at the highest level.
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