Friday, May 29, 2009

I'm a 'dog person' but I shouldn't forget the monkeys too

I've posted a few times about Laika and the other space faring dogs who gave all for space exploration (see tag below). Tonight, National Geographic recognizes the monkey astronauts by commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1959 flight of Baker and Able on a Jupiter AM-18 rocket. Unlike some other unfortunates, this pair survived their 15 minutes of fame. 'Miss Baker' lived at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama until her death in 1984. See the site for additional photos and factoids.

(The article says the attached photo is Miss Baker, but Able's name is in the file name - no real matter.)

(Oh, yeah, some are technically apes...oops...)