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First space monkey, Independence, Kansas

First space monkey, Independence, Kansas
Date: Between 1959 and 1960
This photograph shows a woman and child reading a sign stating, "Birthplace of Miss Able: First Space Monkey." Miss Able, a rhesus monkey, was born December 1957, on Monkey Island at the Ralph Mitchell Zoo in Independence, Kansas. On May 28, 1959, Miss Able traveled aboard the Jupiter Missile Rocket. She survived the voyage but died on June 01, 1959 due to complications from surgery to remove the electrodes from her body. Miss Able's body is preserved at the Smithsonian Institute of National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Joe Henry Engle

Joe Henry Engle
Date: Between 1981 and 1985
A portrait of astronaut Joe Henry Engle, of Chapman, Kansas, who commanded the second Space Shuttle "Columbia" mission in 1981 and a Space Shuttle "Discovery" mission in 1985. Born August 26, 1932 in Dickinson County, Kansas, Engle graduated from the University of Kansas in 1956.


Date: 1981
Poster announcing a public welcoming ceremony for astronaut Joe Engle and his wife Mary on the South Lawn of the State Capitol in Topeka on December 3, 1981. Joe H. Engle (1932- ) was born and raised in Chapman, Kansas. He was the commander for the Space Shuttle Columbia's second orbital test flight on November 12, 1981, during which he became the first and only pilot to manually fly the Shuttle through reentry and landing. He retired from NASA and the Air Force in November of 1986, having logged more than 14,700 flight hours, including over 244 hours in space, and having flown over 185 different types of aircraft. Joe Engle was married to Mary Catherine Lawrence of Mission Hills, Kansas.

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