TEDxNASA - Astronaut Leland Melvin and Tyler Cole- 11/20/09





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Published on Dec 15, 2009

Astronaut Leland Melvin & Tyler Cole - Creating Space for Exploration and Family

From Lynchburg to the International Space Station, Leland Melvin has had a multifaceted career. A chemist and engineer by training, Melvin was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1986. An injury ended his NFL career and brought him back to science. Chosen for the astronaut corps in 1998, he flew on Space Shuttle Atlantis, logging over 300 hours in space. He returned to space on STS-129.

Tyler Cole is an eighth-grader at Millikan Performing Arts Academy in Sherman Oaks, CA. An aspiring actor, he is also the inspiration behind the award-winning children's book, "Am I a Color Too?" and the grandson of TEDxNASA presenter Nancy Vogl.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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