Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Flying Ham (Daily Photo 1.31.11)

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the space flight of the first American chimponaut, Ham. On Jan. 31, 1961, Ham was put into a tiny chimp-sized capsule, fired into space for 16 and a half minutes, where he pushed a bunch of buttons to prove he could be conscious and perform tasks in space, and then recovered safely. We have a miniature of him we bought at Kennedy Space Center. Ham is a hero who paved the way for future chimponauts like Cornelius and Zira from Escape from the Planet of the Apes.

In honor of this day, I sent him on a suborbital flight in the kitchen.

For more about Ham's awesome journey into space, please watch this short film:

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