Once there a was chimpanzee named Ham who lived
in the African Jungles of
Little did we know he would be an American space hero.
is his story:
was captured from the African jungles to be used for lab research.
chimps were trained by NASA engineers to prepare for a space mission.
Soon after, a few of the chimps exceeded 50 pounds and the numbers in the
group declined. After seeing which chimps were fit to train
and examining the group for the most intelegent chimpanzee, they had to
pick which chimp that was going up space. That chimp was Ham.
engineers felt that Ham was ready for the mission, they put him in his
webbed jacket and soon there after "Rock and Roll". Ham was put
in a space capsule with little metal straps with wires hooked to it gave
him a mild shock every time he did something too slow. And every time he
did something right he was rewarded with sip of water from a small tube
or a few banana flavored pellets.
"blast off !" Poor Ham was showing fear in his eyes,fear and only
bursted out of the capsule, and Ham was headed out to space. As the Mercury
Red Stone Rocket (the rocket Hams capsule was in) flew away from earth,
thirty-seven (137) seconds after the rocket took off and it was out of
gas! MR-2 or in other words Mercery Red Stone was traveling too high, too
in the space-ship sensed things going wrong, as a result, retro-rockets
were fired as the rocket shooted through space, though they were'nt supposed
to fire untill the trip back to Earth to slow the speed.
when he reached his highest point it began to come down towards earth.
Then *BOOM* he landed in the Pacific Ocean. He bobbed like a cork for a
while then the capsule began to food. It took the people three hours to
find the capsule and get a helicopter to rescue him. Ham did live
through this exciting experience; however, he did not return to space ever
memory of Ham :1958-1983
To find out more about Ham check out :
NASA's Ape In Space
By : Melinda Farbman and Frye Gaillard
Published in, Berkeley Heights by : Enslow Publishers, inc. 2000
November 29,1961 five year old Enos blasted off into space due to
a terrible malfunction inside the capsule,
enos was shocked for any correct thing he did (totally
what Ham had to do) that was like a reward/punishment that he learned
over his year of training
Enos endured shocks and did the flight
that he was sure that were right. Enos was taken on a two orbit trip and
was landed alive. This flight qualified all systems for man to fly in space,
and the year after (1962) John Glenn
orbited Earth three times!
more information about chimps in space go to
Save the Chimps
Interview with Ms. Gwin
Rodents in space
Space Lacy the Game Guide Gal
Laika the Space Dog
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