New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: There are times when from dinosaurs to Baby Yoda, and many adorable characters have made their way out in space as zero gravity indicators. Now, joining the bandwagon of those characters, Snoopy- a character from Peanuts will be joining NASA's next Moon Mission in the Year 2022.

NASA Marshall took their Twitter and wrote, "#AstronautSnoopy is no stranger to space. The Peanuts character inspired the name of the Apollo 10 lunar module and later caught a ride on the space shuttle. Now, Snoopy is going to the Moon as a zero-gravity indicator aboard #Artemis I."

What are zero gravity indicators, You ask?

Zero Gravity indicators are small things, mostly soft toys or plushies that are carried on the space craft to provide a visual indicator of when it has reached the weightlessness of microgravity.

"NASA has shared an association with Charles M. Schulz and Snoopy since Apollo missions and continues under Artemis with new educational activities. Up next -- Snoopy will ride along as the zero-gravity indicator on Artemis I," NASA said in a readout.

Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft around the Moon launching in early 2022 before missions with astronauts. "Zero gravity indicators are small items carried aboard spacecraft that provide a visual indicator when a spacecraft has reached the weightlessness of microgravity. "

Without astronauts aboard Orion, Snoopy will help share the journey with the world as he rides along in the cabin with a manikin and two other passengers, NASA readout said.

Already a well-known household character, Snoopy was used to encourage NASA's spaceflight safety initiative during the time of Apollo. Schulz created comic strips of Snoopy on the Moon, capturing public excitement about America's achievements in space.

"For Snoopy's flight on the Artemis I mission, he will be outfitted in a custom orange flight suit complete with gloves, boots, and a NASA patch. Peanuts is releasing a new suite of curriculum and short videos with its partner, GoNoodle, to encourage kids to learn about gravity, teamwork, and space exploration while they follow Snoopy along on his Artemis I journey," NASA said.

In addition to the doll and Sliver Snoopy pins, a pen nib from Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts studio will make the trek on Artemis I wrapped in a space-themed comic strip as part of a collection of mementos selected by NASA to fly aboard the Orion spacecraft.

A new season of "Snoopy in Space" will also be released on Apple TV+ that explores the planets and what conditions are necessary to find life in the universe.

Posted By: Ashita Singh