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Photo courtesy of NASA / McDonnell Douglas. Caption courtesy of NASA.
 
Ham, the first chimpanzee ever to ride a rocket into space, is being examined by doctors in preparation for his flight. Ham, a 37 lb. chimp, rode in the Mercury capsule atop the Mercury-Redstone booster. This was one in a series of launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla. scheduled by NASA in its manned orbital flight program.
 
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