Weightlessness Throws These Cats For A Loop

August 11, 2014 1:55 PM

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Albert II was the first monkey in space. His capsule reached an altitude of 83 miles before returning to Earth. Alas, the little rhesus died on impact after a parachute failed during the descent.

Able, a rhesus monkey, took off along with her companion Baker, becoming the first monkeys to survive the trip into space. However, Able died just a few days after the launch, during surgery to remove an infected electrode.

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