“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut

Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 20, 2016
1. Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut Marker
Inscription.  Able, an American-born rhesus monkey, and Baker a South American squirrel monkey, where launched on May 28, 1959, aboard an Army Jupiter missile. Launched in the nose cone, the two animals were carried to a 300-mile altitude, and both were recovered unharmed. However, Able died June 1 on the operating table from effects of anesthesia, as doctors were about to remove an electrode from under her skin. Baker died of kidney failure in 1984 at age 27 after living a pampered life in retirement at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
Location. 34° 42.716′ N, 86° 39.233′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquility Base half a mile west of Madison Pike, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker can be seen at the entrance of the Space & Rocket Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); T-38 Talon (about 400 feet away); Pathfinder Orbiter
Miss Baker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 20, 2016
2. Miss Baker
Squirrel Monkey Born 1957 Died Nov 29, 1984 First U. S. Animal to fly in space and return alive May 28, 1959
(about 500 feet away); U.S. Army/NASA Juno II (about 600 feet away); Main Engines (about 600 feet away); External Tank (about 600 feet away); NASA/U.S. Geological Survey (about 600 feet away); U.S. Army PGM-11 Redstone (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Miss Baker. “The squirrel monkey who was to become known as Miss Baker was purchased along with 25 other squirrel monkeys at a pet shop in Miami, Florida, and brought to the Naval Aviation Medical School in Pensacola.” (Submitted on May 25, 2019.) 

2. U.S. Space & Rocket Center. (Submitted on September 26, 2016.)
Categories. Air & SpaceAnimalsExploration
Miss Baker image. Click for full size.
Army Ballistic Missile Agency, via Wikipedia Commons, 1959
3. Miss Baker
More. Search the internet for Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 38 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week May 26, 2019. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   3. submitted on May 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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