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Mercury-Atlas 5

Mission Number: MA-529 November 1961

Crew:
    Enos (Chimpanzee)

Backup Crew:
    Ham, Minnie

Launch:
    Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
    Pad: LC-14
    Date: 29 November 1961
    Time: 15:07:57 UTC

Flight:
    Mission Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes, 59 seconds
    Orbits: 2
    Distance: 50,892 statute miles

Landing:
    Date: 29 November 1961
    Time: 18:28:56 UTC

Recovery:
    Location: Atlantic Ocean, 500 miles (804.7 km) SE of Bermuda
    Vessel: USS Stormes (DD-780)

This was a prelude to John Glenn's orbital flight on 20 February 1962.

After his experience in the MR-2 flight, Ham was a very reluctant backup. This is why Minnie was also prepared as a backup.

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(Credit NASA, click to enlarge)
Enos and handler prior to flight.

The MA-5 capsule is currently located at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC.

NOTE: The displayed patch is completely unofficial, developed privately well after the fact.

 


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