Baker (space monkey)
Baker was a female squirrel monkey who was the traveling companion
of Able on the first suborbital flight from
which live animals were recovered on May 28, 1959. The two animals' survival
of up to 38g during reentry and a weightless period of about 9 minutes
was an early step toward demonstrating that humans could safely be sent
into space. Baker was displayed years later at the United States Space and
Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She died in 1984.
- Powell, J. W. "The Flight of Able and Baker." Journal
of the British Interplanetary Society 38 (1985): 94-96.
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