Peanuts and NASA
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In May 1969, Apollo 10 astronauts Gene Cernan, John Young and Thomas Stafford traveled all the way to the Moon for one final checkout before the lunar landing attempt. Because the mission required the lunar module to skim the Moon's surface to within 50,000 feet and "snoop around" scouting the Apollo 11 landing site, the crew named the lunar module "Snoopy." Naturally, the Apollo command module was labeled "Charlie Brown." For nearly 50 years, Snoopy has been an important part of the NASA culture and helped inspire generations to dream big. As NASA approaches the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo program, Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang will once more help the world celebrate the success of past missions but also look toward the future as NASA sends humans back to the Moon and on the Mars. Participants will hear from outreach experts at Peanuts World Wide, LLC and learn how their museum can be a part of the Apollo anniversary celebrations. Participants will also learn how to gain access to new multi-media and outreach resources that will inspire the next generation of Moon and Mars explorers.
Speaker: Melissa Menta, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communication at Peanuts Worldwide