Chimpanzee Ham in Biopack Couch - cropped

Ham being set up before the launch of Mercury-Redstone 2.


Ham (AKA- Chang, No. 65, Chimp No. 65 and Chop Chop Chang) the Chimpanzee who lived from July 1956 to January 19, 1983, also known as Ham the Chimp and Ham the Astrochimp was a early participant in the space race.

Early lifeEdit

He was born during July 1956 in the Cameroon. He was then captured by animal trappers and sent to Rare bird Farm in Miami.


He was officially known as "No. 65" before his flight, but renamed "Ham" upon his successful return to earth. His name came from the acronym for Holloman Aerospace Medical Center, located at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Among his handlers he was also known as "Chop Chop Chang".

Pre-flight educationEdit

As part of his pre-flight training program he was taught to push a lever within 5 seconds of seeing a flashing blue light. His failure to do so resulted in an application led to chastisement mild electric shock to the soles of his feet. A correct response was rewarded with a banana pellet.

NASA careerEdit

Ham Launch - GPN-2000-001007

Launch of Mercury-Redstone 2.

He was the astronaut on the Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2) mission. He was 3 years 8 months old at launch. He had entered outer space for only 16 minutes, 39 seconds.

The now semi-detached beryllium heat-shield had bounced against the capsule bottom on impact, punching two holes in the titanium pressure bulkhead and the landing bag had worn badly, leading to the partial submerging of spacecraft before recovery by the USS Donner.

He was unharmed by and was never meant to be harmed by entering in his pressure suit.

Later life and retirementEdit

Shortly after he had successfully completed his mission, Ham was transferred to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. for the next 17 years and was moved in 1981 to a zoo in North Carolina to live with a colony of other fellow chimps.


Ham the Chimp Goes to Space!

Ham the Chimp Goes to Space!

Ham, the asrtochimp at work.

He died peacefully on January 19, 1983, at the age 26. Ham was then buried under his own monument at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Colonel John Stapp gave the official eulogy at the memorial service and said how much Ham's scientific contribution to manned space flight had been.

Sadly, no chimps got to get to hear of his achievements.


  • Birth name- N\A.
  • Nickname(s)- Ham, amongst others.
  • Born on- 1956.
  • Born in- Cameroon.
  • Died in- A zoo in North Carolina to live with a colony of other fellow chimps.
  • Died on- January 19, 1983.
  • Nationality- Cameroonian American.
  • Service/branch- NASA.
  • Years of service- 1.
  • Rank- Non.
  • Battles/wars- Non.
  • Spouse(s) and kids- Non.
  • Relations- His tribe in Cameroon. Various American Chimps and humans. 
  • Other work- Zoo animal.
  • Alma mater- NASA.
  • Religion- N\A.
  • Ape in space stats-
    • A participant in- Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2) mission.
    • Total EVAs- 0.
    • Total EVA- 0.
    • Missions- 1, Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2) mission,
    • Time in space- 16 minutes, 39 seconds.

Also seeEdit

  1. Manned space travel
  2. Harambe Lives (TL)


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