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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

January 27, 2004
RELEASE : 04-041
NASA Astronaut 'Inside The NFL'
NASA astronaut Leland Melvin has a special connection to Super Bowl Sunday. He'll be watching not only as an avid sports fan, but as a former NFL draft pick. Melvin's biography airs on HBO's Inside the NFL, January 28 at 10:00 p.m. EST.

HBO will re-run the program on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. and midnight, Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. HBO, and Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. After graduating in 1986 from the University of Richmond, Richmond, Va. with a degree in chemistry, Melvin was drafted by the Detroit Lions. However, a career-ending injury sidelined him from his professional sports career.

"To accomplish great things, you must not only dream, but also plan; and every plan should contain options, like having a spare tire, just in case you get a flat," Melvin said.

Having options came in handy for Melvin. He was able to complete a master's degree in materials science. In 1989 he began working at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. In 1998 he was selected for NASA's astronaut corps.

One of Melvin's goals throughout his career and especially as an astronaut has been to help inspire the next generation of explorers. To this end, while working at NASA Headquarters as co-manager of the Educator Astronaut Program, he was able to visit numerous students and teachers across the country. Melvin is assigned to the Robotics Branch of the Astronaut Office. He will serve in technical assignments until assigned to a space flight. His biography is available on the Internet, at:

For information about the Educator Astronaut Program, visit:

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