Famous Monkey Wednesday #2

art_monkey.jpgThis 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.

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One response to “Famous Monkey Wednesday #2

  1. One small animal murder for man, one giant space martyr for monkeykind.

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