How Snoopy the dog became NASA’s mascot for safety

In October 1950, American cartoonist Charles Schulz debuted a new character in the comic strip 'Peanuts'. His name was Snoopy, an anthropomorphic dog who became one of the series' most recognisable personalities. Snoopy caught NASA's eye in the mid-1960s. The agency was looking for a well-known symbol to use to spearhead a campaign to reinforce … Continue reading How Snoopy the dog became NASA’s mascot for safety

The Apollo astronaut who was ‘allergic’ to Moon dust

Astronauts being 'allergic' to Moon dust wasn't something NASA had really planned for. A member of its first group of astronauts had nearly been disqualified from the selection process for his hayfever, but was allowed to continue when he (rightly) pointed out there wasn't exactly any pollen in space. That was that, NASA thought. Or, at least, that was that until 1972, when Jack Schmitt landed on the Moon.

‘Space Adaptation Syndrome’: The phenomenon of space sickness

During the earliest days of crewed spaceflight, many doctors harboured concerns about what effects zero-gravity would have on the human body. While many of these concerns did not and have not come to fruition, one particular problem continues to linger: 'Space Adaptation Syndrome'.