monkeys were named Able, a 7 pound female rhesus monkey, and Baker,
a 1 pound female spider monkey.
were shot 300 miles into space in a Jupiter missile AM-18 from Cape Canaveral
flight only lasted 15 minutes and they reached speeds of 10,000 mph; they were
weightless for 9 minutes. They were recovered, apparently unharmed, 1500 miles
away near Puerto Rico.
flight was criticized by animal welfare groups.
statement from the League Against Cruel Sports read:
action as this falls within the category of scientific devilry rather than scientific