One character you probably wouldn’t expect to see aboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is Snoopy, but NASA released a new video today showing just that. This footage was recorded aboard the Starliner’s first Orbital Flight Test (OFT), and despite the December mission not going as planned — a timer error caused the capsule to not dock with the International Space Station — it did successfully achieve a shortened, two-day flight that completed most of Boeing’s major goals. Read more for the video and additional information.
The mission also safely returned the pet beagle from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip after orbiting Earth approximately 33-times. Snoopy did serve more than just as a lifeless plush doll form, as it was deemed the spacecraft’s “zero-g indicator.” This doll was first unveiled to be aboard the Starliner around 1-hour before its launch on December 20th.