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    Astronaut shares NASA photo spotlight with his dogs

    Awww. Astronaut Leland Melvin snuck his furry best friends Jake and Scout into his official NASA photo, which quickly went viral online.

    • by Bonnie Burton
    • February 3, 2015 11:56 AM PST

    Dogs are man's best friends in any galaxy.NASAWhen astronaut Leland Melvin sat for his official NASA photo, he decided to let his dogs Jake and Scout in on the action. Considering Melvin's extraordinary life story full of career obstacles, such an endearing staff photo just seems to make sense.
    In fact, when Melvin tweeted photos of his dogs sitting patiently beside him and then jumping upto give him some affection, the images were tweeted and retweeted thousands of times.

    Long before he was wearing the signature orange spacesuit, Melvin was a pro football player for the Detroit Lions in the late '80s, and then with the Dallas Cowboys. Melvin left his career in sports after an injury and did the next best thing -- he went to space.

    With a background in engineering, Melvin worked for NASA starting in 1989 and became an astronaut in 1998, flying missions on the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2008 and 2009.

    Melvin suffered another injury, this time going deaf during an underwater training exercise. Surgery recovered some of his hearing, but he was medically disqualified from participating in any additional space missions. That didn't stop Melvin from continuing his career with NASA, however.

    Melvin went on to work as the head of NASA education and sat as the co-chair of the White House Education Task Force to encourage students to get excited about STEM subjects. He has toured schools promoting STEM and space education as the co-manager of NASA's Educator Astronaut Program.

    He also served in the Robotics Branch of the Astronaut Office. When he's not in the classroom or at speaking engagements, he's hosting the reality TV show "Child Genius" for the Lifetime Network.

    But he's not the only star in the family. Melvin's dogs Jake and Scout were featured in a 2010 episode of "The Dog Whisperer." And while the pups won't be making any voyages to distant planets, they've already gained quite a fan base here on Earth.

    Astronaut shares NASA photo spotlight with his dogs - CNET
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    They look so excited to be there.

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    I can't find if Leland is married. I'd marry him for his doggies.
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    Oh Leland is wonderful.. what an awesome man .. and wow he looks sexy in his Astronaut spacesuit.

    Aww Jake & Scout are such sweethearts who love their Papa so much

    Men who adore and care about animals, are so damn sexy .. (except for that dude who 'Loved' his dolphin girlfriend in the wrong way.. yeah, that was creepy.. hahaha).

    Thank you for posting this article Twitchy.. those pics are wonderful

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    Oh, I love you, Leland! He's adorable and so are those doggies.

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    I saw the Dog Whisperer episode, both dogs wandered into his yard and he gave them a home.
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    Great, great photos.
    Go Habs Go!!

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