50 years after Apollo, ‘Peanuts’ rejoins NASA’s team

Peanuts gang in spacesuits
NASA and Peanuts Worldwide have signed a multi-year Space Act Agreement, building on a historic partnership that began during the Apollo missions of the 1960s, (CNW Group / Peanuts Worldwide)

Eighteen years after their creator died, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are rising again to boost America’s space program.

It’s not exactly a new move for the comic strip characters inked by Charles M. Schulz until his death in 2000. Back in the 1960s, Schulz gave his OK for NASA to use Snoopy on the agency’s spaceflight safety materials for the Apollo program.

Schulz’s widow, Jeannie Schulz, said today in a news release that her husband “fully embraced” the collaboration with NASA.

“He was inspired to create a series of original comic strips detailing Snoopy’s fantastical journeys through space. Those strips remain among the most popular ones in circulation today,” she said.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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