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Ham The AstroChimp Ham The AstroChimp After His Historic 1961 Suborbital Flight.

In 1956, a little chimp was born in Cameroon, West Africa, he was captured and sold to a Florida bird farm, which resold him to the United States Air Force.  The Air Force named him number 65, and his name was later changed to HAM, an acronym for, Holloman Aero-Medical, where he was prepared for … Mission In Space.

On the morning of January 31, 1961, in South Florida, Ham the  five year old chimpanzee, ate a breakfast of baby cereal, condensed milk, vitamins and half an egg, and then the unassuming 37 pound primate went out and made aeronautic history. Aboard an NASA space capsule, travelling thousands of miles an hour almost 160 miles above earth, Ham became the first chimp in space.

The success of Hams flight helped ratchet up even further, the frantic contest for scientific and space supremacy between the U.S and the Soviet Union – and it briefly made Ham a star, he appeared in a movie with Evel Knievel.

Ham lived at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.  after the flight, and then moved to the North Carolina Zoo, where he died at the age of 26, in 1983.


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  • Justsayn

    Hone! Back so soon! Jolly good?

    • Col

      Bloody hell don’t insult the Chimp, he has more brain matter than Hone, that’s for sure, just look at the photo, this Chimp can read!!!!

  • Col

    Did they give him a military funeral ?

    • Lux

      It was not mentioned..

  • unitedtribes

    I remember that. Back in the days of no TV’s

  • Night Stick

    ‘Auckland Mayor Lives’

  • S R P

    At least the “chimp” went were he was supposed to, on the taxpayers money, unlike Hone.