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Leland Melvin with his dogs, Jake and Scout. "I snuck them into NASA to get this picture," Melvin says.
Courtesy of Leland Melvin
February 7, 2015 When Leland Melvin pulled his hamstring during practice with the Dallas Cowboys, his NFL career was over. So he did the next logical thing: He joined NASA and became an astronaut.
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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
July 14, 2011 With Atlantis paying a visit to the International Space Station on the last mission of the space shuttle program, NASA thought it was a good time for a cookout... in space. The 10 astronauts on the two linked spacecraft will enjoy a special "all-American meal" today.
The first space shuttle mission was launched on April 12, 1981.
July 8, 2011 In 1981, when the shuttle program was in its infancy, many thought it seemed unreal. Now, as Atlantis readies to take the program's final flight, scheduled for 11:26 a.m. EDT, space enthusiasts are looking back at the 30 years as a golden chapter in human exploration.
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.
January 20, 2011 The AP reports that NASA has added one more shuttle flight to its schedule before the program is closed for good. The Atlantis is now scheduled to fly on June 28, taking supplies to the International Space Station.
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