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NASA astronaut Leland Melvin is one of just over 550 people ever to travel to space, but his path into orbit sets him apart. "My mother gave me a chemistry set that was not OSHA-certified, age inappropriate, and I created an explosion in her living room and that activated my brain to be a scientist," Melvin said Thursday on "CBS This Morning."Asked how he achieved such success in his career, Melvin, who was a crew member of Space Shuttle Atlantis that launched into space in 2008, responded: "There was a lot of people that had my back when I failed. My mother and father said you can do anything you put your mind to."