The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Where is Ham the Chimpanzee used by NASA now?

This was just a horrible thing to do. Gosh they couldn't get any human volunteers for this?

Ham the Chimp, astronaut (July 1956 – January 19, 1983)
The first primate launched in space, Ham was also the first African astronaut, having been born in Cameroon. The only African human to have been in space was South African “space tourist” Mark Shuttleworth, in 2002.

Ham was only given his name upon successful completion of his 17-minute journey into space, as NASA didn’t want any potential dead animals in space to have a cutesy name. Although officially known as “Chimp 65” during his mission, he was informally known by his handlers as “Chop Chop Chang”.

Upon his death, Ham’s flesh tissue was removed from his body by being placed in a tank of dermestid beetles. His skeleton is currently on show at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, alongside a display of the skeletons of American Civil War soldiers.
Dom Passantino
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