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Name of Image: A Chimpanzee, "Ham," in the Biopack Couch for the MR-2 Flight
MIX #: 6100114
NIX #: 6100114 MSFC-6100114
Date of Image: 1961-01-01
Category: Mercury Project
 

Full Description: A three-year-old chimpanzee, named Ham, in the biopack couch for the MR-2 suborbital test flight. On January 31, 1961, a Mercury-Redstone launch from Cape Canaveral carried the chimpanzee "Ham" over 640 kilometers down range in an arching trajectory that reached a peak of 254 kilometers above the Earth. The mission was successful and Ham performed his lever-pulling task well in response to the flashing light. NASA used chimpanzees and other primates to test the Mercury Capsule before launching the first American astronaut Alan Shepard in May 1961. The successful flight and recovery confirmed the soundness of the Mercury-Redstone systems.
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Keywords: Chimpanzee, Ham, Mercury-Redstone, MR-2
MSFC Negative Number: 6100114
Reference Number: MSFC-75-SA-4105-2C
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