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Bezos' flight- we salute the original!
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 10, 2021 02:52PM

Ham the Chimp was a chimpanzee and the first hominid launched into space. On January 31, 1961, Ham flew a suborbital flight on the Mercury-Redstone 2 mission, part of the U.S. space program's Project Mercury.


but can Jeff hit the lever and get that banana pellet??

Ham was taught to push a lever within five seconds of seeing a flashing blue light within five seconds of seeing a flashing blue light; failure to do so resulted in an application of a light electric shock to the soles of his feet, while a correct response earned him a banana pellet.
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The capsule suffered a partial loss of pressure during the flight, but Ham's space suit prevented him from suffering any harm. Ham's lever-pushing performance in space was only a fraction of a second slower than on Earth, demonstrating that tasks could be performed in space. Ham's capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean and was recovered by the USS Donner later that day. His only physical injury was a bruised nose. His flight was 16 minutes and 39 seconds long
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Re: Bezos' flight- we salute the original!
Posted by: lost in space
Date: June 10, 2021 06:56PM
I hope Ham got a comfortable retirement and a hefty govt pension for his heroics.



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Re: Bezos' flight- we salute the original!
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: June 10, 2021 07:35PM
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lost in space
I hope Ham got a comfortable retirement and a hefty govt pension for his heroics.

"On April 5, 1963, Ham was transferred to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. where he lived for 17 years before joining a small group of captive chimps at North Carolina Zoo on September 25, 1980.

After his death on January 19, 1983, Ham's body was given to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology for necropsy... Ham's remains, minus the skeleton, were buried at the International Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Colonel John Stapp gave the eulogy at the memorial service. The skeleton is held in the collection of the National Museum of Health and Medicine."
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