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Sunday, January 31, 2016


Ham the NASA chimp (by @sciencemug)
Ham The Space Chimp (by sciencemug)
[Ham's pic is a Public Domain image adapted by @sciencemug (source:]

This day in 1961, chimp Ham's the first higher primate to go for a ride on a spacecraft.

So, let's go for a quick recap of what happens in space, in the first five months of 1961:

31-Jan-1961: Holloman Aero Med, Ham The Chimp (Pan troglodytes)

Place of birth: French Camaroons, West Africa
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
Flight lenght: 108'
Top Speed: 27400km/h
Altitude reached: 327km

5-May-1961: Alan Shepard (Homo sapiens)

Place of birth: USA
Flight lenght: 15'28''
Top Speed: 8262.4km/h
Altitude reached: 186.7km

The actual "CHIMP THE SPACE" t-shirt is here (and here)

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