Meet ‘Apollo,’ Spokane astronaut Anne McClain’s new puppy

Meet ‘Apollo,’ Spokane astronaut Anne McClain’s new puppy
At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 56 backup crew member Anne McClain of NASA listens to a reporter’s question May 10 following her final Soyuz qualification May 10. McClain, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency are the backups to the prime crew of Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, who will launch June 6 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Elizabeth Weissinger

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain is now part of a brand-new Apollo mission, but it is not what you think.

She recently adopted Apollo – a four-month-old puppy! The mission: to figure out how to raise this cute little guy.

Meet the other Apollo – the 4-month old canine version! I can assure you that puppy training is more complicated than space walking, and I sleep less now than I did the night before launch. He is my first dog, so advice is welcome!

— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) December 17, 2019

McClain admits that puppy training is more difficult than space walking, and welcomes any advice from dog-owners and space fans alike.