Snoopy paved the way for astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk on the moon.
How the cartoon beagle figured into NASA’s lunar plans will be the subject of a short “documentary” available next month on the Apple TV app.
Morgan Neville and Imagine Documentaries will launch Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10, which will describe the beloved pooch as a top-secret astronaut.
Ron Howard will star as himself, according to Deadline, and Jeff Goldblum will play a space historian to bring closure to rumors of Snoopy’s secret mission.
This fitting, light-hearted salute to the Apollo 10 mission lifts off in time to observe the flight’s 50th anniversary. (Apollo 10 launched on May 18, 1969.)
Snoopy and Apollo 10
Snoopy did, in fact, go to the moon. Apollo 10’s mission was to test the lunar module in a descent orbit and scout possible landing sites for Armstrong, Aldrin and Apollo 11.
The crew used the names of Peanuts characters as call signs for the 1969 mission. Snoopy was the name of the lunar module that “snooped around” for landing sites (within eight miles of the lunar surface). Afterward, it successfully rendezvoused with the command module, Charlie Brown.
The three astronauts were Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan.
With Snoopy as the mission’s official mascot, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz drew space-themed artwork. Those drawings presumably will serve as inspiration for the look of the Peanuts characters appearing on Apple TV next month.