National Geographic : 2018 Mar
Beyond the Blue marBle 77 LELAND MELVIN LONG ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS Drafted into the National Football League in 1986, Melvin played briefly with the Detroit Lions. But when an injury cut short his athletic career, his life took a dramatic turn— into orbit. During his two flights as a NASA astronaut, in 2008 and 2009, Melvin was gobsmacked by the sight of Earth’s oceans from above. The colors were so varied, he found himself searching for new ways to describe all the shades of blue. His thirst for knowledge continues to distinguish his efforts to inspire people, especially kids, to preserve the planet and chase their dreams.