Ham shakes hands after his successful Mercury flight
When Ham prepared to board his spacecraft, NASA noted that he was “active and spirited.” Ham — named for the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center — wore a suit that kept him at a comfortable 60 degrees.
Throughout his mission, Ham almost perfectly worked a series of controls and levers as he had been trained to do. He showed NASA that he could function as a normal chimpanzee while in flight. After he landed, he was offered an apple and half an orange for his flight.