Ex-NASA astronaut lands in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wonder what it’s like to be in space?

Retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin came to Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday and visited with students from Ewing Marion Kauffman High School about the view from the International Space Station and how which he embarked on his profession.

As you can imagine, we can only dream of what the views from above in space are like.

“The many different blue hues of the oceans are amazing and the experience is literally out of this world,” Melvin said. “Then you circle the planet, every 90 minutes, you’ll see a sunrise and a sunset, every 45 minutes.”

Melvin said becoming an astronaut wasn’t always planned. He had a brief stint in the NFL before pivoting to a new arena, NASA.

“You know, life is about reinvention. You know, I pulled that hamstring in Detroit Lions training camp, pulled that hamstring in Dallas Cowboys training camp,” he said. “But I went back to graduate school and finished my master’s and went to work for NASA. So you know, you can pivot.

During his 24 years with NASA, Melvin flew two space missions.

Although he doesn’t know if he will return to space, he is excited about the growing interest in space travel and exploration.

“I think when you bring, you know, not just government to the table, but you bring SpaceX with Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic with Richard Branson, and, you know, Blue Origin with Jeff Bezos,” he said. declared. “I mean, they’re obviously billionaires and all that. But these are working people. They bring new ideas and innovation to the mix. And so you get a better, I think, better solution.

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