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Photo courtesy of NASA / McDonnell Douglas. Caption courtesy of NASA
 
Chimpanzee subject 65 was chosen to ride the Mercury-Redstone 2 flight. This male chimp, age 3 years 8 months, weight 37 lbs., height 3 ft., was born in French Cameroon, Africa. Airman 3/C I.L. Beachan, animal handler from the Aeromedical Field Laboratory, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, shows off the NASA chimp to be shot into space. The MR-2 launch was one of a series of launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., scheduled by NASA in its manned orbital flight program, Project Mercury.
 
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