MNN Galleries

8 animals that have traveled in space

By: Katherine Butler on March 23, 2011, 11:40 a.m.
Ham first chimp in space

Photo: NASA

5 of 10

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, according to a NASA document.