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NASA Primates Burned, Smashed, Drowned
by NPR and others Thursday, May. 28, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Monkeys burned to death, smashed to death, and drowned by NASA while other animals were blown over 5 states

[B]NASA primate killing through the years[/B]
(When the obsolete Lockheed shuttle exploded,
hundreds of animals secreted aboard by NASA Glenn
were blown with the astronauts over 5 states. NASA
had never informed the public.)

Monkeys burned to death, smashed to death,
and drowned by NASA

Most of this article from
Nell Greenfieldboyce

In 1947, the United States sent up fruit flies (into space), which were the first living
things to travel into space, Dubbs says. "And then they started sending

America's first attempt to send up a monkey was in 1948. For over a decade, all
monkey flights failed for one reason or another, Dubbs says.

[B]In one case, the rocket exploded. Another monkey died on impact when its
parachute failed. After another parachute failure, a monkey plummeted into the
sea and was never recovered. One monkey mission saw the animals return home
safely, but their vehicle hadn't traveled high enough for them to actually reach

Because the rhesus monkey is revered by Indians and
billions of
other animal lovers around the world, U.S. officials stressed
that Able had been born not in India, but in Independence, Kan. Eventually PM Indira Gandhi ended primate export
to the US, because of US Govt. violation of the treaty
not to use primates in military research.

The monkeys' missile blasted off in the early morning hours from Cape Canaveral
and traveled 1,700 miles in 16 minutes, reaching an altitude of about 360 miles.

In retrieving Able and Baker, at first it was thought
they had burned to death, like some of their predecessors.

Military personnel on the ship checked on the monkeys and then sent out a
message: "Able Baker perfect. No injuries or other difficulties."

Guion says he was floored to see how tiny Baker's capsule was.

"It was about the size of a large thermos bottle," he says, recalling that Baker
was "extremely easy to talk to and hold. She was like a little doll. Able was
just the opposite. You could not get near her."

The two monkeys were taken to the officer's wardroom, where air conditioning had
been installed for their comfort. Later, they were flown to Washington, D.C.,
under military escort, for the press conference.

Able died just a few days later, during a medical procedure to
remove an electrode. Her stuffed body is on display at the Smithsonian's
National Air and Space Museum. (primates are not
given the same respect as humans by the Smithsonian,
which has been the subject of scandals for receiving
illegally murdered endangered species members).

But Baker lived another 25 years, mostly at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in
Huntsville, Ala.

Able was a rhesus monkey, and Baker was a much smaller squirrel monkey.

Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey, is tucked inside her capsule and ready to launch
into space aboard a Jupiter missile. She traveled into space on May 28, 1959,
along with Able, an American-born rhesus monkey. NASA

Fifty years ago, when Baker made her famous flight, she had some company in the
nose cone of the Jupiter ballistic missile: a rhesus monkey named Able. (whose capsule was the size of a thermos
bottle, said an NPR interviewee)

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