Snoopy had also chosen as an official symbol of merit for America's space program, and cartoonist Charles Schulz even designed original artwork for missions, brochures, posters, etc.
And to this day, the Lunar Module Snoopy is still intact… the lone true LM ascent stage which still survives. Why? Because it’s still out there in heliocentric orbit!
Through the decades, the connections between the Peanuts cartoon and NASA have remained evident in art, awards and mission control mascots. Each year, "Silver Snoopy" awards are presented to NASA employees who demonstrate excellence in their work.