SPACE MONKEY PICTURES: 50-Year Anniversary

SPACE MONKEY PICTURES: 50-Year Anniversary
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Richard Benson (left) examines Ham the chimpanzee on January 31, 1961, after the ape attained suborbital spaceflight aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket. The animal was found to be fatigued and dehydrated but otherwise healthy.

Nine months later another chimp, Enos, became the first chimp to orbit Earth, setting the stage for the first U.S. human orbital spaceflight in 1962.
—Photograph courtesy NASA via AP
 
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