The bravest puppy in the comics is getting ready for another adventure. NASA has announced that Snoopy, created by American cartoonist Charles M. Schultz, will be used as a “zero-gravity indicator” in the Orion capsule of Artemis 1, part of the Artemis program The first mission is to bring humanity back to Earth. Moon of 2025.
Snoopy will don a miniature version of the “pumpkin suit” called the Orion Crew Survival System (OCSS), a pressurized suit designed to protect the astronauts inside the capsule. It’s an authentic suit made from the same materials astronauts will use on future crewed missions.
During the three-week flight, Snoopy will leave Earth on the first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and into space with the Orion capsule, which will fly farther than any manned spacecraft.
As an indicator of weightlessness, the dummy will float above the mission’s “crew”: two “ghost” torsos will collect radiation and physical condition data on the capsule, as well as a dummy named “Commander Mooney Campos” The man instrument, in honor of Arturo Campos, who was in charge of the electrical subsystems of the Apollo 13 lunar module, played a key role in the safe return of the crew to Earth after the spacecraft on its way to the moon exploded.
Snoopy will be accompanied by four LEGO minifigures, which will be packed with other NASA memorabilia picks from the official Artemis 1 flight kit, including a feather used by Schultz’s studio, wrapped in In the manga “Space” themed around the world.
Snoopy dolls have been to space before. In October 2019, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft delivered an 8-inch-tall plush toy to the International Space Station.
Two months later, a 7.5-inch stuffed animal, wearing a white leatherette space suit with a red scarf, a brown communications cap (or “Snoopy,” as NASA calls it), and a clear plastic helmet, As a gravity indicator, it boarded the OFT- 1. The Boeing Starliner spacecraft made its first unmanned test flight.
Snoopy also starred in an animated series called Snoopy in Space on Apple TV+, which was recently renewed for a second season. Astronaut Snoopy from Artemis I is considered unique due to the authenticity of the flight suit, which represents Peanuts Inc. and NASA’s latest effort to engage and educate families about space exploration.
“My dad felt that his connection to NASA through Peanuts was one of the two most important aspects of his life — the other being his service in WWII!” said the designer’s son Craig Schultz. “With I’m thrilled that Snoopy is on the Artemis 1 mission and that Peanuts will continue to play a role in NASA exploration in the 21st century. “
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