Snoopy and the Peanuts gang are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 by highlighting its “dress rehearsal” – Apollo 10.
In May 1969, NASA’s Apollo 10 mission used a lunar module to take a look at the moon’s surface within 50,000 feet, looking for a site for the Apollo 11 moon landing. In honor of their mission’s “snooping,” the crew of Apollo 10 named the lunar module “Snoopy”, and the command module “Charlie Brown.”
Fifty years later, the famous beagle will wear a new, official Astronaut Snoopy uniform as he and the Peanuts celebrate the two 50th anniversaries of Apollo 10 and 11.
Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10
Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville’s “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10” shares a light-hearted look at the relationship between NASA and Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts characters. The film launched in the U.S. this past May for free on the Apple TV app, and will debut on the Apple TV app in Japan, Germany, the U.K., Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and France on July 19.
The 9-minute film stars Jeff Goldblum as a self-published NASA historian and Ron Howard as himself, and shows a documentary crew try to solve the mystery of whether or not Snoopy was a world-famous, top-secret astronaut.
Skating Snoopy in Space
The Peanuts have collaborated with The Skateroom, which creates and sells artistic skate decks to fund social skate project for at-risk youth, to create six Snoopy- and Apollo-themed skateboards – all to be released this summer.
A limited-edition “VIP” silver finish deck will be sold exclusively at the Peanuts’ pop-up store at San Diego Comic-Con; the other five designs will be available at a variety of art boutiques around the world.
Snoopy goes to Comic-Con
From July 18-21, Peanuts fans can head to San Diego Comic-Con to check out exhibits, limited-edition Apollo-inspired merchandise, and meet-and-greets with Astronaut Snoopy himself!
Astronaut Snoopy takes on the world!
After Comic-Con ends, Astronaut Snoopy will appear at Apollo anniversary celebrations at a variety of significant international space hubs. In the U.S., Snoopy will join in a parade in Cocoa Beach, Fla. on July 13, and will visit the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 18-20. Snoopy will then head to France for a countdown to Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon at Cité de l’espace (“City of Space”) in Toulouse on July 20.
To learn more about the Peanuts gang and Snoopy, visit Peanuts.com.