To The Moon

To The Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA

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This exhibition examines the history of Apollo 10 and the Peanuts characters’ role in that flight and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness safety program.

It is difficult to imagine—although some remember it well—the excitement that the race to the moon invoked 40 years ago. As the 1960s were coming to a close, America and the rest of the world waited with great anticipation to see if NASA could achieve President John F. Kennedy’s challenge, put forth in May 1961, of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Consequently, it was a very great honor, when the crew of Apollo 10 chose to nickname their command and lunar modules Charlie Brown and Snoopy, respectively. The flight of Apollo 10 in May 1969 was the “dress rehearsal” for the lunar landing that was scheduled for July 1969. Astronauts Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan piloted “Snoopy” within 50,000 feet of the lunar surface as they scouted the landing area for Apollo 11 while John Young orbited the moon in the command module “Charlie Brown.”

Charles M. Schulz’s involvement with NASA actually started a year earlier than the 1969 flight of Apollo 10 when he was approached by NASA with a request to use Snoopy as their safety mascot. The Silver Snoopy Award program was instituted to improve the safety record of NASA employees and contractors. It proved to be a huge success with the astronauts and the employees. The Silver Snoopy pin is a much coveted award. Snoopy has been on the job for 40 plus years and continues to this day in his role as NASA’s safety mascot.

For detailed project descriptions, images, checklists, and current information, contact Dinah Houghtaling, Traveling Exhibitions Manager, at dinah@schulzmuseum.org or (707) 579-4452, ext. 287.

To The Moon Tour Specifics

Non-Profit Rental Fee $5,000 + inbound shipping (call for commercial rates)
Booking Period 12 weeks
Contents 18 framed objects, 23 three-dimensional objects, 8 photographs, children’s interactive props, 15 text panels, 35 object labels, 2 DVD elements, media CD, and educational programming guide
Size 1,500 to 2,000 square feet
Shipping Crates 3 crates and 1 shipping box
Insurance Value $56,785
Availability through 2012

To The Moon Tour Itinerary

The dates below reflect a minimum 12-week booking; additional weeks are available. All tour dates are subject to change. Please contact us for current availability.

Start Date End Date Host Institution Status
9/4/2009 1/3/2010 SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
San Diego, California
past
1/27/2010 4/18/2010 MORRIS MUSEUM
Morristown, New Jersey past
past
6/4/2010 1/2/2011 SPACE EXPO
Noordwijk, Netherlands
past
2/12/2011 5/1/2011 KANSAS COSMOSPHERE AND SPACE CENTER
Hutchinson, Kansas
past
6/18/2011 8/21/2011 STAMFORD MUSEUM & NATURE CENTER
Stamford, Connecticut
past
1/20/2012 5/6/2012 LAS CRUCES MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Las Cruces, New Mexico
past
6/1/2012 9/4/2012 NANAIMO MUSEUM
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
past
11/17/2012 5/4/2013 COLORADO SPRINGS MUSEUM
Colorado Springs, Colorado
booked
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