Snoopy was adopted as the symbol of NASA's Manned Spaceflight Awareness program in 1967 with the full support
of his creator Charles M. Schulz. Thereafter many posters and decals were produced by NASA incorporating Snoopy in the design.
Perhaps surprisingly, very few designs featuring Snoopy were ever produced in embroidered form by NASA.
Only the SMEAT insignia used the Snoopy
image directly and very few embroidered versions of the patch were produced (beta cloth patches
were used by the crew during the tests). The embroidered SMEAT patches are covered on the
Test Programs page.
Although not strictly space-related, embroidered patches showing Snoopy as an aviator with goggles and scarf seem to have been
distributed to Grumman employees
working on the Apollo program and these vintage patches remain popular with space patch collectors today.
At some stage in the recent past unauthorized reproductions were produced of many of the
Apollo-era NASA decals which featured Snoopy and unfortunately today these
are commonly mistaken for rare vintage original patches, often selling for significant sums.
For this reason the largest section of this page is dedicated to identifying some of these