NASA Astronaut Returns Sesame Street Mementos Flown on Orion Spacecraft (Cookie Monster's cookie)
NASA and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, have joined forces to help educate this new generation of explorers. Several Sesame Street characters flew momentos on the Orion spacecraft's flight test in December 2014 and those items were recently returned to Sesame Street by NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold. Those momentos included Cookie Monster’s cookie, Ernie’s Rubber Ducky, Grover’s cape and Slimey the Worm. The collaborative effort is designed to introduce Sesame Street’s current preschool audience—the future explorers, scientists and engineers—to a new generation spacecraft and space exploration missions that will ultimately lead to Mars.