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Ham b. July, 1956 d. January 18, 1983 Animal Figure. The first chimpanzee in space. Born in present-day Cameroon, captured by animal trappers and sent to Miami, FL. Ham's name is an acronym for the lab that prepared him for his historic mission — the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center, located at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Purchased by the United States Air Force and brought to Holloman Air Force Base in 1959, he was selected from among a group of six chimpanzees (four female and two male). They trained to perform a...[Read More] (Bio by: Vincent Astor) New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico, USA
Minnie d. March 14, 1998 Animal Astronaut. Minnie was the only female chimp trained for the Mercury Project in the early 1960s, but she never flew. After her role in the Mercury program ended, Minnie became part of an Air Force chimp breeding program, producing nine offspring and helping raise the offspring of several other members of the chimp colony. She was the last surviving astro-chimp. She died at the age of 41. (Bio by: Shock) Cause of death: Old age New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico, USA