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#triviatuesday - What cartoon character is portrayed on a lapel pin that’s awarded to NASA employees and contractors who exhibit outstanding performance?

With a nod to “A Universe of Stories,” the theme for this year’s MidPointe Library Summer Reading Program for all ages, we ask today’s TriviaTuesday question :   

What cartoon character is portrayed on a sterling silver lapel pin that’s awarded to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Association) employees and contractors who exhibit “outstanding performance, contributing to flight safety and mission success...”?  

Leave it to “World War I Flying Ace” -- aka Snoopy the Beagle of “Peanuts” fame – to land on such a place of honor.  Known as the astronaut’s award, the pin is always presented by an astronaut to a deserving employee. Like the astronauts, the pin “has flown in Space on a Space Shuttle mission.”  

On May 18, 2019, NASA and Peanuts Woldwide celebrated “the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 10 and the history of their partnership. “ The mission’s lunar module was named “Snoopy” and its command module was named, appropriately, “Charlie Brown.”

Peanuts creator, the late Charles Schulz, was an avid NASA supporter. Obviously, the admiration was mutual.



 Sources :  www.nasa.gov > Silver Snoopy Award 

www.nasa.gov > “NASA and Peanuts celebrate Apollo 10’s 50th anniversary” May 18, 2019

 For more information about the Peanuts gang’s 50-year relationship with NASA, go to: 

“Peanuts Marks 50 Years in Space with new NASA mission for Snoopy”: www.collectspace.com 

 

Image sources: 

“The Beagle Has Landed, Charlie Brown!” by Charles Schulz, available for checkout at MidPointe Library. 

Award pin : www.nasa.gov > Silver Snoopy Award  

 

If you’re a Space explorer at heart, navigate to MidPointe Library’s Summer Reading Program themed “A Universe of Stories” June 1 through July 31 at all MidPointe locations! All ages are welcome to participate! 

Read books, win prizes, enjoy special guests and more!  

While you’re here, browse our collection of Space-related materials in the juvenile and adult departments!  

At MidPointe-Middletown, stop by the “Rocket Girls” display in the Local History and Genealogy Departmen! It’s a pictorial history of women’s contributions to the Space program, made available by the International Women’s Air & Space Museum of Cleveland.