Leland Melvin with his dogs, Jake and Scout. "I snuck them into NASA to get this picture," Melvin says. Courtesy of Leland Melvin hide caption

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From Touchdowns To Takeoff: Engineer-Athlete Soared To Space

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Food packets containing the astronauts' "all-American meal," including (clockwise from top left) corn, chicken, brisket, and beans, along with a lemonade, at right. Devin Boldt/NASA - JSC hide caption

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The space shuttle Atlantis docked to the International Space Station in May 2010. NASA has announced that Atlantis will fly one last mission in June 2011 before retirement. NASA/Getty Images hide caption

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