Cartoon character Charlie Brown, 1969.
© National Aeronautics & Space Administration / Science & Society
This banner is held by astronaut John Young inside the Apollo 10 spacecraft on its way to the Moon. Charlie Brown was the code name for the Apollo 10 Command Module, the Lunar Module was code named Snoopy. Crewed by Young, Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan, Apollo 10 succesfully completed a lunar orbital mision in May 1969 as the dres rehearsal for the actual Apollo 11 Moon landing, which took place two months later. The Command Module pilot for Apollo 10, Young also flew on the Gemini 3 and Gemini 10 misions, on Apollo 16, becoming the 9th man to walk on the Moon, on the initial test flight of the Space Shuttle SM1 and on Shuttle Mision SM7.