Snoopy is all set to ride along as the zero-gravity indicator on NASA’s Artemis 1. For over 5 decades, Astronaut Snoopy has been a part of space-bound missions with NASA helping generations dream big and draw inspiration from the character alongside developing interest in space and beyond.

Who is Snoopy?

Snoopy is an anthropomorphic beagle from the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Since his debut on October 4, 1950, Snoopy has become one of the most recognisable and iconic characters in the comic strip.

NASA has been associated with Charles M Schulz and Snoopy since Apollo missions which will continue under NASA’s Artemis.

Zero gravity indicator

Zero gravity indicators are small items carried aboard spacecraft that provide a visual indicator when a spacecraft has reached the weightlessness of microgravity. Without astronauts aboard Orion, the peanuts character will help share the journey with the world as he rides along in the cabin with a manikin and two other “passengers”, says NASA in a report.

Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft around the Moon launching in 2022 before missions with astronauts.

Astronaut snoopy

Here are some tweets by NASA narrating its past association with the Peanuts character.

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