Astronaut/NFL football player/educator with family program
that aims to inspire youth to reach for the stars
SEATTLE, Jan. 22, 2013--Leland Melvin, a veteran space shuttle astronaut, former NFL football player and current associate administrator of NASA's education programs, will deliver a family-friendly presentation at The Museum of Flight on Feb. 1 at 2:30 p.m. Melvin flew on two shuttle missions, and is responsible for the development and implementation of NASA's education programs. With his engaging and friendly style, Melvin has spoken to thousands of students to inspire interest in science and technology and raise public awareness about NASA goals and missions. His Feb. 1 program is geared to middle school students and parents. The lecture is free with admission to the Museum.
Melvin will be at the Museum all day participating in the annual Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program, which brings together Washington state middle school students on the first Saturday in February to be mentored by aerospace professionals. Mentors include Alaska Airlines Pilots, military aviators, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Tuskegee Airmen and Museum of Flight staff.
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The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant air- and spacecraft, the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co., and the world's only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 100,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $19 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and older, $16 for active military, $11 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org
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