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The Chimp That Was Launched Into Space

Ham the Astrochimp, as he came to be called, paved the way for human spaceflight.

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  • Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The Space Race

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  • Ham the Chimp trains for spaceflight.

    Photo Credit: NASA (via Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)

NASA Bets on Chimps

The School for Space Chimps

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  • Ham the Chimp and his trainers prior to the MR-2 test flight.

    Photo Credit: NASA

Launching the MR-2

A Bumpy Ride

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  • After his mission, Ham is greeted by the commander of the recovery ship, USS Donner.

    Photo Credit: NASA (via Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)

Homecoming

Ham the Astrochimp