Leland Melvin & Nicole Stott
NASA Astronaut, Engineer / NASA Astronaut, Engineer, Artist, Constellation
Leland Melvin is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space. A decade after taking a job at NASA’s Langley Research Center, he was chosen by the astronaut program and went on to serve as a mission specialist on two successful shuttle missions. Melvin continues to devote his time and energy to educating the next generation of scientists through various STEM programs.
Nicole Stott is a veteran astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). Always an artist, Stott brought a small watercolor kit with her on her mission to the ISS, becoming the first NASA astronaut to paint in space. Stott currently works as a full-time artist and SciArt education advocate.