Full Description: Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2) launch with chimpanzee Ham aboard. Monkeys had been flown into space before, but Ham was the first higher primate to test a spacecraft. This was a test flight for the first U.S human flight in early May 1961.
Image Number: 61C-1012
Date: January 31, 1961
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