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Albert, the First Monkey in Space

        

Before mankind took the giant leap…

With little knowledge of how the human body would respond to escalated altitudes, U.S. researchers sent primates into the sky as test subjects.

The first of many to be sent up in a V2 rocket by NASA was a rhesus monkey named Albert in June 1948. Sadly, Albert only made it as high as 63km above ground before he died of suffocation.

a rhesus monkey named Albert in June 1948

a rhesus monkey named Albert in June 1948