Herb Huston (email@example.com)
30 Mar 1995 18:48:57 -0500
In article <Pine.A188.8.131.520329145715.112573Afirstname.lastname@example.org>,
alan davis mcintyre <email@example.com> wrote:
} I believe
}that the Russians sent a dog into space, and we (USA) sent HAM (Chop Chop
}Chang) a chimpanzee up before we humans tried it. Of course these
}creatures were promptly "destroyed" after their missions.
Laika, the dog, died during her mission when her oxygen ran out. The
Russians had no plans for her re-entry.
Ham, the first hominoid in space, was not destroyed after his mission, but
his "reward" for risking his life was over 16 years of solitary confinement
in a zoo cage. The last two years of his life were spent with a group of
chimpanzees at the North Carolina Zoological Park.
-- Herb Huston