1961: Ham the Astrochimp

“Ham (1956 – 1983), also known as Ham the Chimp and Ham the Astrochimp, was the first chimpanzee launched into outer space in the American space program”

- Wikipedia

3 Responses

  1. Isaiah Stewart

    Most people during this time did not realize these were actually baby chimps.

  2. Alan Bickerstaff

    The chimps used for test flights weren’t actually named until they returned successfully from a flight. Ham’s name is not just a weird and random choice – it’s an acronym of Holloman Aerospace Medical centre where he was raised and trained.


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