Leland Melvin's story from NFL to Space

Even as a former standout athlete, he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1986 NFL Draft, with a masters in Materials Sciences, Leland Melvin never dreamed of becoming an astronaut until a colleague at NASA convinced him to enter the trials. Despite a debilitating ear injury sustained during training, Leland served among the first flight crews that led America back into space following the space shuttle Columbia disaster. He is now a NASA educator, helping to raise the profile of the U.S. space program in the post-shuttle era.

In this video, Leland gives us unprecedented access to his private archives and provides never heard before stories to help us understand who he is today.

This video was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and Microsoft OneDrive. Check out Leland's  private archives