Blast Off: A Look at Blacks Who Made History in Outer Space

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  • 020514 national blacks space frederick gregory
  • 020514 national blacks space charles bolden
  • 020514 national blacks space bernard harris
  • 020514 national blacks space leland melvin
  • 020514 national blacks space bobby satcher
  • 020514 national blacks space Mandla Maseko
  • 020514 national blacks space Guion bluford
  • 020514 national blacks space ronald mcnair
  • 020514 national blacks space mae jemison
  • 020514 national blacks space stephanie wilson
  • 020514 national blacks space joan higginbotham

Leland Melvin

Before Leland Melvin joined NASA in 1989, he was drafted into the NFL in 1986 and spent time playing for the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. He remained on earth until he took two trips to the International Space Station in 2008 and 2009. He is the first NFL player to go to space or to join NASA.

(Photo: NASA/Landov)

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