37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Leland Melvin Headshot

Leland Melvin

Executive Producer

Leland Melvin is an engineer, educator, and former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver. He served onboard the space shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on missions STS-122 (2008) and STS-129 (2009), helping to construct the International Space Station. Afterwards, Melvin led NASA Education and co-chaired the White House’s Federal Coordination in STEAM Education Task Force, developing the nation’s five-year STEM education plan. Melvin spent 24 years with NASA as a researcher, astronaut, and senior executive service leader. Melvin holds six honorary doctorates for his service in education, the sciences and philanthropy. In May 2017, Melvin released his memoir, Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances. He is an executive producer on The Space Race.

Film: The Space Race