A Brief History of Chimps in Space

Maria J. Danford

Very long in advance of Neil Armstrong and Excitement Aldrin famously established foot on the moon, the hero of America’s human spaceflight system was a chimpanzee named Ham. On Jan. 31, 1961 — a couple months in advance of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering flight — Ham grew to become the initial hominid in house.

Other nonhominid animals had ventured into house in advance of Ham, but he and his fellow “astrochimps” ended up experienced to pull levers and show it was physically feasible to pilot the Venture Mercury spacecraft. And, not like many other unlucky primates in the spaceflight

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