I was reading up on Ranger 7 and at the very end a random bit of information is thrown in:

The spacecraft performance was excellent and the success of the mission finally brought a turnaround in NASA's fortunes after the endless string of lunar probe failures since 1958.

Ranger 7 is credited for beginning the "peanut" tradition at NASA command stations. On the success of Ranger 7, someone in the control room was noticed eating peanuts. Since 1964 control rooms ceremonially open a container of peanuts for luck and tradition.

Which came from a business insider article, which I don't really consider a good source on space news. Also found a short blurb from NPR and a few other scattered sources that make this seem like a "well-known tradition" such as this Wikipedia section on JPL's page.

enter image description here Check it out! Custom labeled peanuts for Cassini!

I guess the over-all question here is, how did it really get started and is it still carried over into the future missions? Information on who started this tradition or initially made the superstitious (and possibly ironic) correlation between peanuts and success would also be welcomed. Also, maybe a note on whether or not this tradition is planned (or unplanned but in effect) for Artemis-1 would be a neat bit of information.

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    $\begingroup$ See the related question $\endgroup$ – Uwe Apr 19 at 14:03
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    $\begingroup$ JSC MCC is Atomic Fireball land balettie.com/mcc/atomic-fireballs $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Apr 19 at 14:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Uwe I have no idea how that didn't show up on the related questions list when I was posting... all it showed was "What is this peanut shaped building at JPL?". Thanks, definitely a duplicate. $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Apr 19 at 14:19
  • $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble hah that's awesome! $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Apr 19 at 14:20

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