Daily cosmobite: chimp launch anniversary

Image of Enos the Chimp. Courtesy NASAOn this day in 1961 NASA launched the Mercury 5 spacecraft into orbit around the Earth. A chimpanzee named Enos was on board as a final test before a manned orbital mission. The chimp survived the acceleration into space, weightlessness and the landing despite his suit temperature reaching 38° C.

Chimp Enos. Courtesy NASA

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