Monday, January 31, 2011

In Praise of Ham the Astrochimp - Photo Gallery - LIFE

In Praise of Ham the Astrochimp - Photo Gallery - LIFE:


On the morning of January 31, 1961, a 5-year-old chimpanzee named 'Ham' ate a breakfast of baby cereal, condensed milk, vitamins, and half an egg. Then the playful 37-pound primate went out into the Cape Canaveral light and made aeronautic history: Aboard a NASA space capsule -- and traveling almost 160 miles above the Earth -- he became the first chimp in space.
I almost missed this! 50 years since the first chimp in space. I wonder if any astronauts ate that same breakfast today in tribute to Ham.

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