"Adopting Jake and Scout taught me to go with the flow and enjoy the unexpected," Melvin wrote later — especially high praise coming from someone who's been to space.
Maggie, a 4-year-old from Virginia, was among those inspired by Melvin's contributions to science, and his dedication to his pups. So much so, in fact, that she decided to honor him in costume, recreating Melvin's famous photo with her own beloved dog.
"Me: What do you want to be for Halloween? My 4 y/o: That funny astronaut. Me: I got you, girl!" Maggie's dad, Andrew Miller, wrote on Twitter.