- NASA Watch
- November 12, 2022
An Astronaut Takes A Knee
Keith’s note: Leland posted this letter using his real name. I edit and comment on this site using my real name. Yet some of you are sniping at Leland and you do so while hiding behind fake names.
— Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow) September 23, 2017
“I served my country not in the military but as 1 of 362 American Astronauts that have explored the universe to help advance our civilization. Not just Americans but all humans. I also was briefly in the NFL and stood for the National Anthem with my hand over my heart. What makes us great is our differences and respecting that we are all created equally even if not always treated that way. Looking back at our planet from space really helps one get a bigger perspective on how petty and divisive we can be. Donald Trump maybe you should ask your good friend Mr. Putin to give you a ride on a Soyuz rocket to our International Space Station and see what it’s like to work together with people we used to fight against, where your life depends on it. See the world and get a greater sense of what it means to be part of the human race, we call it the Orbital Perspective.”