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Space monkeys Able and Miss Baker...



Item # 581399

May 28, 1959

PRATT DAILY TRIBUNE, Pratt, Kansas, May 28, 1959  This 8 page newspaper has a four column headline on the front page: "Two Monkeys Return Alive From Missile Space Rides" with subhead.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. A few small binding holes along spine, library stamp in masthead, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: On May 28, 1959, aboard the JUPITER AM-18, Able, a rhesus monkey, and Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey, became the first living beings to successfully return to Earth after traveling in space (defined as above 50 mile altitude by the U.S. at the time). They travelled in excess of 16,000 km/h, and withstood 38 g (373 m/s²).[citation needed] Able died June 1, 1959 while undergoing surgery to remove an infected medical electrode, from a reaction to the anesthesia. Baker died November 29, 1984 at the age of 27 and is buried on the grounds of the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Able was preserved, and is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Their names were taken from a phonetic alphabet.

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