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A brief history of animals in space

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On June 11, 1948, a V-2 Blossom launched into space from White Sands, New Mexico carrying Albert I, a rhesus monkey. Lack of fanfare and documentation made Albert an unsung hero of animal astronauts. Pictured: Rhesus monkey, Miss Sam, with fiberglass couch, prepared for LJ-1B flight.

PHOTO: NASA

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