Astronaut Leland D. Melvin worked for NASA for 25 years, heading the Vehicle Health Monitoring team for the X-33 space shuttle successor, leading NASA's office for education and outreach program in the 2010s, and logging over 565 hours in space. Also, he likes dogs.

The above is an official NASA portrait taken of Melvin with his two dogs Jake and Scout.

Scout, as National Geographic reports, just wandered into Leland's yard one day and he has taken care of Scout ever since.

Melvin currently hosts the Lifetime series Child Genius and can be found on Twitter @Astro_Flow.

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I would now like to thank you, Leland D. Melvin, not only for your work with NASA, but also for your incredible skill in portraiture.

(Hat tip to Alex Kierstein, Adam Aton and Courtney O'Connor!)

Photo Credit: NASA