Virginia dad Andrew Miller’s 4-year-old daughter simply had one ask for her Halloween costume this year: She wanted to be” that funny cosmonauts .”

The man she was referring to is Leland Melvin, an engineer and now-retired NASA cosmonaut whose 2009 work portrait extended viral for boasting his two joyful recovery hounds, Jake and Scout. It is, quite simply, “the worlds largest” loosened an cosmonaut has ever gaped while wearing a cavity suit. But is in accordance with Melvin, coming the original slide made was a production–he had to sneak them into the building since pets weren’t allowed on the NASA premises.

“I had a van and I drove the dogs in, ” Melvin told Gizmodo the beginning of this year. “NASA doesn’t allow pups to be on-site, so when I testified them my NASA badge, I obstructed the window up…and I had the stereo bombing because the dogs were barking. So I shot it and the didn’t shoot me or anything.”

When he got to Studio 8 at the Johnson Space Center, Melvin reportedly took Jake and Scout up the back stairs and into photoshoot area.

“I had all these hound bones, and they were just standing here feeing the bones, really grubbin’ and fortunate, ” he said. “The dogs time rolled over to me. And the person who took the picture …’ Dude, start shooting! ’” And the rest is history .

Miller and his daughter set out to re-create the photo shoot on their front stoop this weekend with a bit help from their family puppy. He tweeted the final results :

Off the influence of its cuteness alone, the photo got some traction on Twitter. It discovered its space to Melvin’s mentions, and he handed the costume his official seal of approval.

” This image warms my center ,” Melvin wrote.” So grateful of you get the photograph I came several years ago .”

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