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Friday, February 03, 2006

The adventures of Ham, space chimp

From somewhere else on the internet:

"Ham (chimpanzee): (U.S. 1961) Ham had been trained to perform tasks and was sent up in a Mercury capsule to test the theory that monkeys could function in space.

Problems arose, and Ham was subjected to a longer weightless period than planned. The capsule also flew severely off course. Ham, however, did as he was told perfectly.

Because of the capsule was so off course, it didn't land anywhere near the rescue ships. The capsule capsized and water poured in. Just before it totally submerged, Navy helicopter pilots lifted the craft out of the water. Ham survived the ordeal and was retired in 1963 to the zoo."

Sounds like a film / comic / game waiting to be made.

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