MASCOT OF THE APOLLO 10 LM CREW
Snoopy Astronaut doll, produced in China by Determined Distributions of San Francisco for United Feature Syndicate, 1969. Plastic and fabric, 10 inches tall; a few minor smudges or scuffs to interior of helmet. With the original display box.
SIGNED and INSCRIBED: "GENE CERNAN | LMP APOLLO X"; "JOHN YOUNG | APOLLO X"; and ""SNOOPY" | LM-4 CALL SIGN | TOM STAFFORD | APOLLO X CDR | MAY 69" on the back of Snoopy’s helmet.
SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE APOLLO 10 CREW
From the Peanuts comic strip, the beagle Snoopy in a space suit and helmet. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz gave his full blessing to NASA for Snoopy to be adopted as the mascot for the Manned Flight Awareness (MFA) Program. MFA used Snoopy as a "spokesperson" to emphasize such topics as flight safety and good quality control during spacecraft manufacturing.
The Apollo X LM crew of Commander Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan named their Lunar Module Snoopy partly to bring greater recognition to the MFA program. In the same spirit, Apollo X Command Module Pilot John Young named his spacecraft Charlie Brown.