Earlier this week Nick Howes FRAS was on twitter about Project Snoopy, so today I caught up with Nick to find out how things are going . Project Snoopy is about the Recovery of the Apollo 10 Lunar Module Callsign Snoopy , The Apollo 10 Command Module was called Charlie Brown and flown by Capt. John Young . While Snoopy was flown by Cmdr Thomas P. Stafford & Capt. Eugene Cernan down to within 50,000 feet of the Lunar surface.
Apollo 10 Mission Report : https://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a410/A10_MissionReport.pdf
Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission in the Apollo space program, and the second (after Apollo 8) to orbit the Moon. Launched on May 18, 1969, it was the F mission: a “dress rehearsal” for the first Moon landing, testing all of the components and procedures, just short of actually landing.
Dates: May 18, 1969 – May 26, 1969
Launch date: May 18, 1969
Landing date: May 26, 1969
Crew size: 3
Members: Thomas P. Stafford, John Young, Eugene Cernan
Apollo Command Module & Lunar Module Call Signs
“Gumdrop”. Derived from the appearance of the spacecraft when transported on Earth. During shipment, it was wrapped in blue wrappings giving appearance of a wrapped gumdrop.
“Spider”, derived from its bug‑like configuration.
“Charlie Brown”, from a character in comic strip Peanuts© drawn by Charles L. Schulz. As in the comic, the CM “Charlie Brown” would be the guardian of the LM “Snoopy.”
“Snoopy,” after the beagle dog character in the same comic strip. The name referred to the fact that the LM would be “snooping” around the lunar surface in low orbit. Also, at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Snoopy was symbol of quality performance. Employees who did outstanding work were awarded a silver Snoopy pin.
“Columbia”, after “Columbiad”, the canon used to launch Jules Verne’s moonship (commonly thought to be the moonship itself which was referred to only as “the projectile”); also used because of the close relationship of the word to the United States’ origins.
“Eagle,” after the eagle selected for the mission insignia.
“Yankee Clipper”, selected from names submitted by employees of the command module prime contractor.
“Intrepid”, selected from names submitted by employees of the lunar module prime contractor.
“Odyssey,” reminiscent of the long voyage of Odysseus of Greek mythology.
“Aquarius,” after the Egyptian god Aquarius, the water carrier. Aquarius brought fertility and therefore life and knowledge to the Nile Valley, as the Apollo 13 crew hoped to bring knowledge from the Moon.
“Kitty Hawk”, the site of the Wright brothers’ first flight in Kitty Hawk, NC.
“Antares”, for the star on which the LM oriented itself for lunar landing.
“Endeavor,” for the ship which carried Captain James Cook on his 18th-century scientific voyages.
“Falcon,” named for the USAF Academy mascot by Apollo 15’s all-Air Force crew.
“Casper”, named for a cartoon character, “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” because the white Teflon suits worn by the crew looked shapeless on television screens.
“Orion,” for a constellation, because the crew would depend on star sightings to navigate in cislunar space.
“America”, as a tribute and a symbol of thanks to the American people who made the Apollo program possible.
“Challenger,” indicative of the challenges of the future, beyond the Apollo program.
Excerpted and edited from Astronaut Mission Patches and Spacecraft Callsigns, by Dick Lattimer, unpublished draft in JSC History Office; Space Patches From Mercury to the Space Shuttle; and various NASA documents.