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October 28, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Rehoboth Beach Library
226 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Rehoboth Beach Library

Defying the odds, Leland Melvin became the only person to catch a football for the NFL and in space.

Join the Rehoboth Beach Public Library for a discussion of his book.  Before the book discussion, you can hear Leland Melvin tell his inspiring story at Delaware State University on October 5!

The discussion will be led by Jack Clemons.  Jack Clemons is both a SF writer and a “rocket scientist”. He has published nonfiction and science fiction and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He has a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was engineer and team leader on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs. Jack gives talks across the Mid-Atlantic region, including the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center and the Baltimore Book Festival, on the Apollo Moon Program, on the design and first flights of the NASA Space Shuttle, and on the untold stories behind each of these programs. He appeared in the “Command Module” segment of Moon Machines, the Discovery Science Channel’s award-winning six-part documentary about the Apollo Program, and in the Nat Geo documentary Apollo: Back To The Moon. He writes a space and science column for Amazing Stories Magazine. His award winning book “Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home”, a memoir of his time on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, was published by University Press of Florida and is available from the publisher, bookstores and

Starting mid-September, books will be available to borrow from the library for this discussion. Please visit the Circulation desk.

Program Description

On July 21, 1969, two citizens of the United States of America were the first humans to step foot on a celestial body outside Earth. While many know that individuals and corporations across the United States worked together to make this happen, few realize the importance Delaware held in this momentous occasion. Companies such as ILC Dover, W.L. Gore and Associates, and DuPont contributed significant research, design, development, and manufacturing resources that landed these two astronauts safely on the moon. In 2019, Delaware Humanities is using the 50th anniversary of the moon landing as a catalyst to host a year long celebration of Delaware's contributions to space exploration.  From Annie Jump Cannon to Dr. Jane Rigby, Delawareans past and present have been working to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Delaware Humanities will be offering re-grants to Delaware non-profit organizations of up to $5,000 on a rolling basis for projects that fit the theme of the project. Click here to learn more about Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Grants. Delaware Humanities will also be offering a traveling exhibition on the history of Delaware's contributions to space exploration.  Click here for more information and the application to host. Want to bring the exhibit to your school or organization for just a day or a week?  Click here for information on how to borrow the exhibit short-term. In grades 5-12 and enjoy writing and creating art?  Submit to our contest for your chance to win a chance to meet Astronaut Leland Mevlin!  Deadline May 24. Other events will also be occurring in 2019: please check the DEstination: Space website and join our mailing list for the latest news and information.