A helicopter from the United States recovery ship "USS Donner" picked up the one-ton space capsule that contained Ham the space chimpanzee, Jan 29, after his 420-mile flight over the Atlantic Ocean.
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Sailors open the capsule.
CU Chimpanzee inside his compartment.
SV Chimp carried away.
SV Chimpanzee meets newsmen.
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Background: A helicopter from the United States recovery ship "USS Donner" picked up the one-ton space capsule that contained Ham the space chimpanzee, Jan 29, after his 420-mile flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Once aboard Ham was found in good condition although he had reached a height of 155-miles at 5,000-mph.
As his Redstone rocket past the 4,000-mph scheduled speed the chimp was carried 130-miles beyond his target. It was almost three hours before "Donna" reached him and saved him from drowning. On impact the capsule sprang a leak and water had entered the capsule below the chimp's compartment.
During the flight Ham pulled levers in response to different coloured lights to avoid a slight shock to his foot if he made an error. The animal spent the night aboard the ship and the next day was flown to Grand Bahama Island. Here he was examined by doctors and scientists who found "nothing to indicate any abnormality".
Back at Cape Canaveral the chimp is now again at work pressing levers to test his reactions to space travel. It was here he was trained for a year before making his voyage into space.