[Apollo 10] - Snoopy Astronaut Doll, Mascot of the Apollo 10 LM Crew. Signed and inscribed by CDR Tom Stafford
Snoopy Astronaut Doll Signed by Apollo 10 Mission Commander Tom Stafford
Snoopy Astronaut Doll, produced in China by Determined Distributions of San Francisco for United Feature Syndicate, 1969.
Plastic and fabric, 81/2 in. tall x 51/4 in. wide; a few minor scuffs and smudges to interior of helmet with minor fraying scarf and light soiling to blue boot covers. With the original display box, measuring 91/4 in. high x 43/4 in. square.
SIGNED and INSCRIBED by TOM STAFFORD, COMMANDER OF APOLLO 10: "SNOOPY" | LM-4 CALL SIGN | TOM STAFFORD | APOLLO X, CDR | MAY 69" on the back of Snoopy’s helmet.
From the Peanuts comic strip, the lovable beagle Snoopy in a space suit and helmet carrying a Flight Safety pack. 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.