Snoopy, NASA featured at Pioneers Museum exhibit

The Space Foundation is partnering with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum to support a special traveling exhibit from the Charles M. Schulz Museum called “To the Moon: Snoopy soars with NASA.”

The exhibit runs Nov. 17 through April 20, and examines the history of Apollo 10 and the role the gang from the Peanuts comic strip played in the flight and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness Safety program.

The Space Foundation is providing space spin-off products for display, graphics, an exhibit model, guest lectures and promotional support for the exhibit.

CEO Elliot Pulham will talk about exploring space at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Pioneers Museum.

Snoopy creator Schulz and NASA had a long relationship starting in 1968 with the Snoopy, the Astronaut program to the present day as Snoopy continues to serve as NASA’s safety mascot.

In 1969, NASA slated the Apollo 10 mission to test the lunar module to get ready to put the first human on the moon. The Apollo 10 crew decided to name their spacecraft after Snoopy. Commander Thomas Stafford explained the decision, “…we’re going to the moon to find out all these facts and kind of snoop around.”

When Apollo 10 blasted off, Schultz said that it was the “most unusual thing that ever happened with his characters. “

Schultz lived in Colorado Springs in 1951, a year after he started the comic strip.

Admission to the museum is free, and the Pioneers Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.