The Who2 Blog January 2011

Happy Anniversary, Ham the Chimp!

On this day 50 years ago, Ham the Chimp blasted off in a Mercury rocket and flew 157 miles in space, just to see if it would be safe to send less hairy apes into orbit.

It was, pretty much.

LIFE magazine has a feature today where you can see rare photos of Ham the Chimp, called "In Praise of Ham the Chimp."

Go see them.

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The Challenger Commission and the 25th Anniversary

Today is the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger exploding after takeoff and killing all seven astronauts on board.

The most famous crew member at the time was probably Christa McAuliffe. She was a high school teacher from New Hampshire, the first of what was called the Teacher in Space Program from NASA.

Also on board: Commander Francis R. Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialists Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka and Ronald E. McNair, and Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis.

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