SPACE MONKEY PICTURES: 50-Year Anniversary

SPACE MONKEY PICTURES: 50-Year Anniversary
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The rhesus monkey Able is tucked into a NASA cradle in preparation for takeoff aboard a U.S. Army rocket on May 28, 1959.

Fifty years ago Able and her squirrel monkey companion, Baker, became the first monkeys to survive the trip into space. Sadly, Able died a few days later during surgery to remove an infected electrode.

Able was preserved after her death and is currently on display inside her cradle at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
—Photograph courtesy NASA
 
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