1) Ham, The First American in Space

1) Ham, The First American in Space

Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:06 pm
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Purchased by the USAF in 1959, along with 39 other chimps. Once the candidates were shortened down to 6, No. 65 became a favourite of his handlers, earning the nickname "Chop Chop Chang". He was eventually chosen to be sent on a space flight where he orbited for 16 minutes before descending to Earth. He was the first American to survive a space flight and was a key figure in early space travel.
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