Snoopy and NASA Discover Space in New McDonald's Happy Meal

Space.com | 8/21/1914 | Robert Z. Pearlman
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Kids can now join Astronaut Snoopy as he blasts off on NASA adventures with McDonald's new Happy Meal.

The "Discover Space with Snoopy" Happy Meal, which launched at McDonald's restaurants across the United States on Tuesday (Aug. 20) and extends through September, features Charles Schulz's comic strip dog in his persona as the "world famous astronaut" and "the first beagle on the moon." Produced in collaboration with NASA, the promotion builds upon the space agency's recent agreement with Peanuts Worldwide to use Snoopy to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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"Discover Space with Snoopy! Head to your local McDonald's now to learn about your favorite beagle's educational mission to space with your very own Astronaut Snoopy toys and original STEM Peanuts books," announced Peanuts on Twitter.

The meal includes one of four toys or books themed around NASA's current and future missions. The giveaways depict Snoopy wearing his modern orange spacesuit, modeled after NASA's Artemis astronaut garment, complete with the agency's logo.

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The four "Discover Space with Snoopy" toys include:

"Moon Walker," a wind-up Astronaut Snoopy figure that walks backward, similar to the style of the dance move of the same name;

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"Rocket Ride," a pullback toy featuring Snoopy and Woodstock riding on NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft;

"Space Buggy," a pullback toy styled after NASA's Mars rovers Curiosity and Mars 2020; and,

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"Take Off Launcher," a spinning top that launches Astronaut Snoopy from atop NASA's SLS rocket.

The "Discover Space with Snoopy" McDonald's Happy Meal books were created with NASA and Reading is Fundamental.

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Each of the toys come packaged with a NASA Fact Card with details about space exploration and the agency's activities.

McDonald's also worked with NASA and Reading is Fundamental to write the four "Discover Space with Snoopy" books:

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"Snoopy: Constellation Quest," in which Snoopy and the Peanuts...
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