Mercury-Redstone 2

Rocket launch

by USA

Launch time31 Jan 196116:55 UTC

partial faliure

Orbit: Suborbital

Serial number: MR-2

This flight carried a chimpanzee named Ham and was intended as the ultimate test prior to sending the first American to space. With a number of malfunctions during the flight, the Mercury-Redstone spacecraft was deemed not ready for a human passenger. However, despite the partial failure of the mission, the chimpanzee passenger returned from space intact and lived many years after.

Rocket Mercury-Redstone

launched from Cape Canaveral, LC-5USA


Total mass 1203 kg

Mercury spacecraft #5---

Spacecraft landing

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