First blacks in space

Anniversary of the Moon Walk: 10 African American Space Pioneers

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Leland D. Melvin

Melvin accomplished two dreams. He was drafted by the NFL and flew into space.

He was selected by NASA in June 1998.

He was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the 11th round of the 1986 NFL college draft.


Melvin was well on his way to stardom when an injury sidelined his aspirations.