|Ham The Space Chimp (by sciencemug)|
So, let's go for a quick recap of what happens in space, in the first five months of 1961:
Place of birth: French Camaroons, West Africa
Spacecraft: Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2)
Flight lenght: 16'30''
Top Speed: 9426km/h
Altitude reached: 252,7km
[Post flight notes: Ham retires and lives at the Washington Zoo first (1963-1980), and then at the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro (1980-1983). It now sleeps in front of the International Space Hall of Fame (Alamogordo, New Mexico)].
12-Apr-1961: Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (Homo sapiens)
Place of birth: Russia
Spacecraft: Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok 1)
Flight lenght: 108'
Top Speed: 27400km/h
Altitude reached: 327km
5-May-1961: Alan Shepard (Homo sapiens)
Place of birth: USA
Spacecraft: Mercury-Redstone (MR-3), Freedom 7
Flight lenght: 15'28''
Top Speed: 8262.4km/h