Great Moments in NASA History: Sam the Space Monkey

Remember Sam? The Rhesus monkey who took a spin on Little Joe 2 as part of the Mercury program back in the early 60’s? Here he is, before and after the flight, showing off his model of the Mercury fiberglass contour couch.

This first image is of Sam before the flight. He’d look a bit stressed if that wasn’t an anthropomorphic interpretation!
This second image is of Sam after the flight. He looks a little — what can I say — under the weather. Only the scientist knows for sure.
(Images courtesy of NASA)

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