Area NASA Astronaut to Speak at Conference in Roanoke

Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg native and astronaut Leland Melvin is returning to the area Friday.

He's the speaker at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Freedom Banquet at 6:30 at the Holiday Inn-Airport in Roanoke.

Melvin was a mission specialist on his first shuttle mission in 2008 then returned to outer space in 2009 as senior mission specialist.

He currently serves as NASA Associate Administrator for Education.

Tickets to the event Friday night are $50. For tickets or additional information, call Bishop Edward Mitchell at (540) 345-5030.

Read more about Melvin on NASA's website.