OK, it is hard for me to believe that the Space Program is over 50 years old now. It was such a cutting edge high tech thing when I was a child. I can remember following every launch of the Gemini and Apollo programs. All children were amazed by these exciting endeavors, and the space program spurred a generation of young people to get into science and engineering.
Today's picture is from 1961, and it shows Ham, a space monkey. In the early days of the Mercury program, primates were used to test the systems. On January 31, 1961 Ham was successfully launched into suborbital flight in a Mercury rocket. The mission was a success, and Ham returned safely to earth.