I had the great pleasure of meeting NASA astronaut and Lynchburg native Leland Melvin this morning. Melvin was on board the space shuttle Atlantis during its February trip to the International Space Station. How exciting to meet someone who has been to space and seen the earth from above! Melvin talked with me about what it was like to see our planet from a great distance. He says it has given him a new appreciation of the environment and what we need to do to take care of it for future generations. I can't imagine what his journey must have been like. Melvin took time this morning to speak with students at his alma mater, Heritage High School. He later paid a visit to Liberty University and Liberty Christian Academy. Melvin is a great example for our local students - someone who has achieved greatness in many arenas. Before becoming an astronaut, Melvin had a distinguished athletic career, playing football for Heritage, the University of Richmond, and briefly with the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. How many other people can say they both played professional football and soared above the earth in a space shuttle. Quite an impressive person and a great ambassador for the city of Lynchburg!