Snoopy prepares for a flyby of the Moon as part of NASA’s upcoming Artemis I mission.
Beginning in 2022, the mission will be a test flight for NASA’s new SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft that will help place the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface over the next few years.
For the driverless test mission, a Snoopy fitted in custom-made NASA gear will act as a zero-gravity indicator so that operators on the ground can see when the spacecraft has escaped Earth’s gravitational pull.
Snoopy actually has a history with NASA starting with the Apollo 10 mission in 1969. space agency telling: “Apollo 10 astronauts Gene Cernan, John Young and Thomas Stafford travel to the Moon for a final checkout before the lunar landing attempt. The mission required the Lunar Module to skim the Moon’s surface to within 50,000 feet and the Apollo 11 landing The site was required to ‘Snoop Around’, giving the crew the name Lunar Module Snoopy.The Apollo Command Module was named Charlie Brown after Snoopy’s loyal owner.
NASA also created the Silver Snoopy Award during the Apollo era, and to this day, Snoopy Silver Pins are awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding work related to mission success and flight safety.
“Each silver pin awarded with this award, depicting astronaut Snoopy, was flown into space,” NASA said. “Continuing the tradition, Artemis I will also carry a package of silver Snoopy pins for future identification.”
NASA also hopes that making Snoopy a part of the Artemis mission will help inspire kids to learn more about space exploration and engineering, with the agency planning to release a lot of related learning materials for use in the classroom. has been
In addition to the Snoopy doll and the Snoopy pin, the Orion capsule will also have a manikin equipped with sensors that will help NASA learn more about how different phases of flight can handle human crew taking the same route in the Artemis II mission in 2024. As well as the Artemis III lunar landing mission, which could take place in 2025.
We should note that the Artemis I mission won’t actually be Snoopy’s first trip to space. The popular character also took a ride on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1990 during the STS-32 mission and in 2019 on Northrop Grumman’s 12th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station aboard a Cygnus spacecraft, making Snoopy a very efficient space shuttle. became an explorer.