NASA astronaut Leland Melvin told Bill Nye that a police officer came close to ending his career before it even started

Leland Melvin — a Black astronaut, engineer, and NFL football player — recently hosted NASA TV’s coverage of the first crewed rocket launch by SpaceX on May 30. Before the launch, Melvin juxtaposed the mission with the police killing of George Floyd. “America, let’s get our crap together, this is unsatisfactory. We gotta stop this,” he said. Bill Nye later interviewed the astronaut about his life, career, and struggles with racism. Melvin revealed that, as a new high-school graduate, he was nearly arrested on false charges. “You and I wouldn’t be having this conversation right now because I

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