Space Chimpanzee and his Handler, number 1
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"This Flight Couch and my Flight Log are in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. All of these photos were made at Cape Canaveral prior to Alan Shepard’s flight. Note that I have used all capital letters in the name “HAM”. He was originally named “Chang” for one of the guys in the lab; everyone got a Chimp named after them! The Powers-in-Charge did not think that name would be appropriate, so it was changed to “HAM” for Holloman AeroMed!" -Dr. William E. Britz
DescriptionChimpanzee "HAM" lying in the bottom half of his flight couch is reassured by Airman Dan Beacham. Writing on the photo or group of photos: 'Official Photograph, United States Air Force. Photographic Branch, Holloman A.F.B. , New Mexico.' Physical description: Black and white print (photograph) 24x19mm.
SubjectNational Aeronautics and Space Administration
Animal space flight
United States Air Force, Holloman Air Force Base Photographic BranchSpace Chimpanzee and his Handler, number 1. Available electronically from