Space Moose is a fictional cartoon character who lives in the mind of Doug Whitehead, a resident of Monark Springs, a small community east of Neosho.

Space Moose is a fictional cartoon character who lives in the mind of Doug Whitehead, a resident of Monark Springs, a small community east of Neosho.
In three books with Space Moose as the starring character, Whitehead has explored the nation and even the entire universe.
Now Space Moose has taken on a new frontier. In a contest, sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), film makers have been invited to create a short video based on NASA subjects.
According to Whitehead, film makers can use anything or any characters to tell the NASA story. That challenge brought to life a new Space Moose story, titled "A Little Dream."
"I got to thinking that my Space Moose character was a natural for NASA to promote their program to kids," Whitehead said.
So he got busy, not only writing a new story, but physically making the film which includes a required 28 seconds of live footage and about 30 seconds of NASA footage.
"I have been working on the video for about five weeks," he said.
One of Whitehead's books is "If I Were a Space Moose," and he based his three-minute and 49 second film on that story.
The deadline for the contest was July 31, and the winners will be announced at the end of October. Five films will be awarded cash prizes and will be screened at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November. They will also shown on NASA TV and on the space station.
The video is truly a family project as it begins with two of Whitehead's granddaughters reading "If I Were a Space Moose" at bedtime. One of the granddaughters asks the other, "Where would you go if you were Space Moose?" From that question, the younger child goes to sleep and dreams about Space Moose visiting outer space, flying his little plane past the moon and some of the planets.
Whitehead not only used many family members to produce the film, he kept it local in another way. The film's opening and closing scenes feature photographs taken many years ago at the Rocketdyne plant in Neosho.
This is Whitehead's second animation film. The other was for the Orlando (Florida) Film Festival.
Whitehead says he doesn't really think about winning but "…just thinking about being selected would be a great honor."
He also said, "At the Orlando festival I met actors and directors from around the world. The one thing I have learned was never be sure about anything, but always be confident."
All of Whitehead's books are available at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery gift shop, where Whitehead volunteers each Friday morning.