Houston, We Have The Best NASA Portrait Ever Taken
That’s right ladies – feast your eyes on eligible bachelor Astronaut Leland D. Melvin (according to his NASA Biographical Data, he’s unmarried, which opens the door wide open IMO). His loves include walking his dogs, Jake and Scout… no word if those walks take place on the beach during sunset, but a girl can dream.
This one-time NFL player (the Detroit Lions picked him in the 11th round of the 1986 NFL college draft, and he’s taken part in the Toronto Argonauts and Dallas Cowboys training camps) has been with NASA for 25 years, logging 565 hours in space, leading the Vehicle Health Monitoring team for the X-33 space shuttle successor, and was the co-manager of NASA’s Educator Astronaut Program. He retired from NASA last year – I like to think it was so he could spend more time with his pooches.
Let’s get back to how much he loves dogs. How much, you may ask? So much, that he had his official NASA portrait taken with Jake and Scout. Yep, that’s love alright!
As for Leland’s fur buddies, there’s a very cute story behind their living arrangements. At first, it was just Leland and Jake. But one day, Scout wandered into his yard one day and decided never to leave. (*Insert collective AWWWWWWWWW here.)
I don’t know about you, but I’m printing off this picture, putting it in a frame on my desk, and saluting it every morning.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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