Astronaut Snoopy to Fly in Macy's Parade, Adorn New Collectibles

Space.com | 7/15/2019 | Robert Z. Pearlman
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Snoopy will don an orange NASA spacesuit and float down the streets of New York City this November in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and the space agency's future missions.

Charles Schulz' comic strip beagle, which has had a long association as a safety symbol for NASA, will extend his record as the longest-running giant character balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while advancing his new NASA mission to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

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"When Peanuts signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA last year, we committed to working to bring the joys of space exploration and STEM into the lives of today's kids, and to honoring the legacy of Snoopy's history with NASA," Roz Nowicki, executive vice president of Peanuts Worldwide, said in a statement released by Macy's on Saturday (July 13). "We are thrilled that he will once again fly down the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route, inspiring fans of all ages to look up and engage in the excitement of space."

Related: Apollo 11 at 50: A Complete Guide to the Historic Moon Landing Mission

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The new parade balloon also continues the introduction of Snoopy's new NASA astronaut outfit — a bright orange spacesuit patterned after the space agency's Modified Advanced Crew Escape Suit (MACES) — that is now appearing on new Snoopy apparel, merchandise and limited edition collectibles.

50-year record

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Snoopy's first stint as an astronaut-themed parade balloon dates back 50 years, to the same year as the Apollo 11 moon landing.

"Snoopy flying in the Macy's Parade has become a tradition that fans from all over the world expect and have loved to enjoy for more than four decades," said Jordan Dabby, producer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "This year's flight will not only extend Snoopy's record as the...
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