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Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:43 PM

Snoopy and the Apollo 10 Gang Go to Space

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Snoopy and the Apollo 10 Gang Go to Space
October 1, 2012 02:34PM
By Andrew Cannizzaro


Apollo 10 astronauts Eugene Cernan, John Young, and Thomas Strafford holding a pennant adorned with a ready-for-space Snoopy. (Photo from Getty Images)


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On October 2nd, 1950, the first Peanuts cartoon strip created by Charles Schulz was published in newspapers. Just nineteen years later, Mr. Schulz's creations would leap from the ink of the Sunday morning funnies into the arms and hearts of the Apollo 10 astronauts.

On May 18th, 1969, the Apollo 10 spacecraft was launched on a lunar orbital mission that set the stage for the Apollo 11 moon landing just two months later. The Lunar Module on Apollo 10 was expected to come within 50,000 feet of the moon for a test run. Since they referred to this as "snooping around," the Lunar Module was code named Snoopy and would report back to the Command Module nicknamed Charlie Brown.

Even today Snoopy and the Gang remain intertwined with NASA. The agency gives out a Silver Snoopy Award to employees who've made considerable contributions toward its success.

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Reply Snoopy and the Apollo 10 Gang Go to Space (Original post)
bananas Oct 2012 OP
struggle4progress Oct 2012 #1
struggle4progress Oct 2012 #2
skydive forever Oct 2012 #3
Diclotican Oct 2012 #4
OnyxCollie Oct 2012 #5
drm604 Oct 2012 #6
LongTomH Oct 2012 #7
Ready4Change Oct 2012 #8
bananas Oct 2012 #9
drm604 Oct 2012 #12
bananas Oct 2012 #11
bananas Oct 2012 #10

Response to bananas (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:50 PM

1. Snoopy was popular in that era

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 09:14 AM

3. I'll never forget, I was 9 years old,

standing in my backyard in Rockledge Fl, and watched that launch. It was like all launches I've seen, beautiful, but those Saturns were HUGE.

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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:00 AM

4. bananas

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Snoopy my hero.. I have found memories from the reading of the Peanuts - or as they are known in Norway "Knøttene" And Snoopy was one of my heroes at that age.. The in fight he had with "the red baron" was legendary


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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:11 PM

5. My sister had that same pennant.

She also had the Snoopy doll in the spacesuit. I wonder if she still has them.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 02:30 PM

6. I remember this.

I don't recall this particular photo, but I remember that the Lunar module was "Snoopy" and the command module was "Charlie Brown".

The space program was very much intertwined with pop culture in those days. I could be cynical and point out that that was because of massive government PR (it was part of the "hearts and minds" battle with the Soviets) but it certainly did have a grip on the young people of that time, myself included. The youth hated Nixon. The youth hated the war in Vietnam. The youth hated "the establishment". But many, though not all, loved NASA and the Apollo program. These were heroes who were risking their lives but weren't napalming villagers.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 07:31 PM

7. Snoopy was also onboard for Tom Stafford's next mission: Apollo-Soyuz

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:10 PM

8. I thought the Apollo/Snoopy connect came from the B/W caps?

During the Apollo missions (I'm not sure about missions before or after Apollo) the astronauts wore black and white caps covering their entire head under their helmets. These were to keep their communication gear in place, I think.

Because these caps were black on the sides and white on top they were called 'snoopy caps.' I thought that was the tie in between Snoopy and the Apollo missions?

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Response to Ready4Change (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 01:10 PM

9. Interesting, I just googled "apollo snoopy cap" and found this...

http://nearlydeaf.com/?p=1095

Porn? In my lunar program?
Posted on May 19, 2012 by admin

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Journal Contributor Ulli Lotzmann had discussions with Ernie Reyes in mid-2000 about Snoopy's association with Apollo. Reyes was Chief of the Pre-Flight Operations Branch at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston during Apollo; and Lotzmann reports that Reyes, Wayne Stallard and others drew little cartoons on the daily schedules to make them more interesting. The Reyes Snoopy, who looks a little bit different to the Schultz-Snoopy as can be seen from examples in the Apollo 12cuff checklists, became popular with the Astronaut Corps. Because the cartoons were never intended for commercial publication, Reyes never asked Schultz for permission to use the character. After the Apollo 1 fire, Snoopy became the symbol of the revitalized NASA safety program.

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Getting back to the subject of the "Snoopy cap", in the Schulz comic strip, Snoopy often fantasized that he was a World War I flying ace and, while in that fantasy, wore a leather flying helmet. This and the fact that the Apollo Snoopy caps were dark-brown & white may explain why they were named "Snoopy" caps. Post-EVA photo A11-37-5528 is an excellent picture of a very pleased Neil Armstrong in full Snoopy regalia after the EVA. Journal Contributor Markus Mehring notes that the names "Snoopy" and "Charlie Brown" where also used for the Apollo 10 Command Module and Lunar Module, respectively. The Apollo 17 crew named a large crater in Snoopy's honor.

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It’s a miracle that photographs of this stuff exist at all anymore, but hey, take a look. As you can imagine, things as redundant and boring as the checklist for putting on your space suit might need some humanization to keep it interesting. NASA being almost entirely male, it’s not surprising that they would find a way to put some boobs in their checklists (along with snoopy cartoons). Probably not NASA’s finest moment, but when you’re on track to put a man on the moon in less than a decade, you’ve got to give the organization some slack.

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Response to bananas (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 10:57 PM

12. That's great!

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Response to Ready4Change (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 01:24 PM

11. Comm Carrier "Snoopy Cap"

http://www.myspacemuseum.com/helmet.htm

Comm Carrier "Snoopy Cap"



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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 01:21 PM

10. Thomas Stafford hugs Snoopy (or Jayme) held by Jayme Flowers, Gordon Coopers' secretary

http://www.apollomissionphotos.com/index_ap10_vintage.html



Apollo 10 Commander Thomas Stafford pats the nose of Snoopy held by Jayme Flowers, Gordon Coopers' secretary, as the crew walk along the hallway to the transfer van for the trip to Launch Complex 39B for the start of the Apollo 10 lunar orbital mission.

Apollo 10 Commander Thomas Stafford hugs Snoopy (or Jayme) held by Jayme Flowers, Gordon Coopers' secretary, as the crew walk along the hallway to the transfer van for the trip to Launch Complex 39B for the start of the Apollo 10 lunar orbital mission.


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