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Jupiter AM-18

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Hannah Barnes

on 9 November 2012

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Transcript of Jupiter AM-18

First Successful Monkey Flight in Space! Jupiter AM-18 The Jupiter AM-18 was an American missile that was sent into space. This was a "manned" flight I guess you could say! Two small monkeys were its precious cargo.
The "crew" consisted of Able, a Rhesus monkey, and Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey! www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKL5X1EWL7Q Left: Abe, the Rhesus
Right: Miss Baker, the
Squirrel monkey
These brave little monkeys were the first to
return safely back to Earth!

The Jupiter AM-18 was rescued from the waters around the borders of the Caribbean by a Navy tug.

The nose cone itself was in relatively good shape, and the monkeys were unscathed.

The data from the mission was presented at the International Headquarters of Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington. The Jupiter AM-18 The above video clip is a news cast of the monkey mission, which
took place May 28, 1959. The purpose of this was to test the nose cone re-entry. "In a sense," the broadcaster says, "the monkeys were hitch hikers!"
Also, Able and Baker's flight proved that humans could survive the journey into outer space, as well as test the nose cone. They travelled in excess of 16,000 km/h, and withstood 38 g (373 m/s²)
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