In all-new episodes premiering today, Snoopy heads to Mars on NASA’s Artemis I mission; in plush form, the famous canine astronaut will serve as the zero-gravity indicator on the uncrewed journey – STEM-based curriculum supporting the launch is available for grades K-6 on multiple platforms.
Season 2 of Snoopy in Space takes off just as Snoopy furthers his ambitions as a NASA astronaut and makes plans to head to the Moon and Mars in early 2022. Astronaut Snoopy—in plush form, wearing a one-of-a-kind space suit designed to NASA’s safety standards—will join a groundbreaking NASA mission: serving as the zero-gravity indicator for Artemis I, an uncrewed mission that sets the stage for a return to the Moon and beyond to Mars.
Snoopy’s nose for space exploration extends back the 1960s, when his creator, Charles Schulz helped initiate a unique relationship between NASA and “Peanuts,” first joining NASA in space with the Apollo X mission—the “dress rehearsal” for the original Moon landing. (The command module was nicknamed Charlie Brown, and the lunar module was nicknamed Snoopy.)
“I will never forget watching the Apollo X mission with my dad, who was so incredibly proud to have his characters participate in making space-exploration history,” shared Craig Schulz, son of Charles Schulz and the producer of The Peanuts Movie. “I know he would be ecstatic to see Snoopy and NASA join together again to push the boundaries of human experience.”
Peanuts further share the wonders of the universe with fans and audiences of all ages, including the upcoming second season of Daytime Emmy Award-nominated Apple Original series Snoopy in Space, and engaging Peanuts–themed STEM materials available for free on multiple platforms.
A Weighty Task in Zero-G
Astronaut Snoopy, wearing a 100% authentic, 10” x 7”, 5-ounce spacesuit made of the exact materials worn by NASA astronauts, will serve as the “zero gravity indicator” during the Artemis I launch. This uncrewed mission will help pave the way for a dramatic return to the Moon, featuring the first woman and first person of color to land on the Moon’s surface. The Artemis project will build a long-term base on the Moon, where the knowledge gained will help send the first crewed mission to Mars.
As the zero-gravity indicator on Artemis I, Snoopy will provide a visual indicator that the capsule has entered micro-gravity—as will be demonstrated by his weightless acrobatics and somersaults.
While plush toys have served as zero-gravity indicators on other space missions, this Astronaut Snoopy will be unique in the authentic, one-of-a-kind nature of Snoopy’s flight uniform, and represents the latest in a series of partnerships between Peanuts and NASA to engage and educate families about space exploration.
Snoopy in Space Season 2 takes off November 12 on Apple TV+
Following its Daytime Emmy Award-nominated first season, the Apple Original animated series, Snoopy in Space returns to the streamer today. With input from NASA and featuring entertaining and inspiring of STEM content, Snoopy in Space: The Search for Life follows Snoopy and Woodstock as they travel through the universe looking for signs of life beyond Earth. As the journey takes them to Mars, distant moons, and even exoplanets outside our solar system, each episode will incorporate the latest in NASA research, presented in Peanuts’ inimitable and accessible style. Snoopy in Space is produced for Apple TV+ by WildBrain Ltd.
Free Peanuts-Themed Educational Content Inspires Kids to Shoot for the Moon
Media and tech company GoNoodle launches ‘Snoopy’s Space Week’ November 15 featuring brand-new videos and STEM-based activities dedicated to Snoopy’s space adventures to drive awareness, education, and anticipation of the Artemis launch among millions of kids, parents, and teachers on its “Take Care with Peanuts” Channel. Teachers will be provided with the tools to hold a “Snoopy’s Space Week” November 15–19, in the classroom with free K-5 activities.
The “Take Care with Peanuts” Channel on GoNoodle will also host original Peanuts documentary videos on the making of Snoopy’s NASA-inspired spacesuit, along with fun and educational activities leading up to the launch.
Young Minds Inspired (YMI) will offer free educational materials for grades K–6, including an introduction to the Artemis I mission; the details about Snoopy’s special spacesuit, a miniature version of NASA’s new generation of spacesuits; and an overview of the groundbreaking Artemis project and why NASA is undertaking such an ambitious plan. The materials will be available at no cost to parents or teachers on both the YMI and Peanuts platforms.
“My father felt that his association with NASA via Peanuts was one of the two most important aspects of his life—the other being his service in World War II!” added Schulz. “So, I am absolutely thrilled that Peanuts will play an ongoing role in NASA’s 21st century exploration with Snoopy’s participation in the Artemis I mission.”
Source: Apple TV+