Fifity years ago today, Ham the Astrochimp had a breakfast of baby
cereal, condensed milk and half an egg before climbing aboard a NASA
space capsule and becoming the first chimp in space. Life has published new photos
of what was deemed a key moment in the space race. Ham returned safely
to earth, but press accounts often fail to mention he was "trained" with
electric shocks through his feet. Sputnik moment, indeed.