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Ham

Ham, a chimpanzee, was launched aboard MR-2, a Mercury spacecraft atop a Redstone booster on a suborbital flight on January 31, 1961.

Ham reached an altitude of 157 statute miles during the flight which lasted 16 minutes and 39 seconds. Due to a number of problems, Ham travelled higher, faster, and was subjected to greater g-forces than intended.


Ham flew aboard MR-2 in January of 1961.

During the flight, Ham operated levers as he was trained to do and experienced weightlessness for about six and a half minutes.

Ham was 3 years and 8 months old when he flew into space. After the flight, he lived at the National Zoo for 17 years before being moved to the North Carolina Zoological Park. Ham died on January 19, 1983, and is buried at the International Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

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