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Miss Able
Birth: 1952
Independence
Montgomery County
Kansas, USA
Death: 1959
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA

Animal Figure. A rhesus monkey, she was one of a pair of monkeys (the other being Miss Baker - both names taken from alphabet phonetic words) sent into space aboard a Jupiter rocket and brought safely back to earth on May 28, 1959. The flight reached an altitude of 300 miles, while traveling at speeds in excess of 10,000 miles per hour. They successfully withstood forces of 38 times the pull of gravity here on earth, and achieved weightlessness for a period of nine minutes. Their mission was the first to recover living beings following their return from space and paved the way for human space travel. They became immediate international celebrities, appearing on the cover of Life magazine for the week of June 15, 1959. Miss Able died during the procedure to remove an infected electrode after returning from space. Her preserved body may be seen with the capsule and couch she occupied during her flight at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. (bio by: Vincent Astor) 
 
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National Air and Space Museum
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Vincent Astor
Record added: May 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27128479
Miss Able
Added by: Vincent Astor
 
Miss Able
Added by: Vincent Astor
 
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