This week’s Famous Monkey is: Albert!
Why is this monkey famous?: On June 11, 1948, Albert, a rhesus monkey, rode to over 39 miles into the atmosphere on a V2 rocket. He was the first monkey-astronaut.
Where is this monkey now?: Dead! Alberts 1-4 were sent high up into the atmosphere to see how they might withstand space conditions. All survived the trip up, but none survived the trip downward. Albert 1 died of suffocation during the V2 rocket flight. We killed him.