Going to space is serious business. It takes a lot of scientific knowledge, expert-level mathematic calculations, and a cool head under pressure. The Right Stuff, if you will.
If you're going to be an astronaut, you also need to have a great sense of humor.
Just like Leland Melvin.
Most astronauts' portraits are very serious looking. Like this one of John Glenn:
via: GettySo wise. So smart. So astronaut-y. This guy does not mess around.
When it came time to take astronaut Leland Melvin's portrait, however, he took a different tack.
If you're feeling overwhelmed and anxious today, remember that this is Leland Melvin's official NASA picture. https://t.co/cekUW47YEX— Rogue NASA (@Rogue NASA)1485957965.0
Melvin's picture has been a favorite of the Internet's for years. But this year, there's another contender for "Best Picture of Astronaut and Dogs." When Andrew Miller asked his 4-year-old daughter what she wanted to be for Halloween, she responded, "That funny astronaut." Here's the costume:
Me: What do you want to be for Halloween? My 4 y/o: That funny astronaut. Me: I got you, girl! (cc @Astro_Flow) https://t.co/0eHI9HbMGm— Andrew Miller (@Andrew Miller)1509308715.0
Melvin saw the costume and responded:Everything is just so lovely about this! Kids are great, dogs are great, space is great, Halloween is great. Is anyone gonna argue with us on this? No. On this, we can all agree.
Let's all make a pact to refer to Leland Melvin as "Leland Melvin, funniest astronaut ever" from now on, OK?
@Astro_Flow @Pixelfish This is adorable! From now on, Leland, you will be known as "the funny astronaut." You could do a lot worse!— Lily Mars (@Lily Mars)1509320967.0