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Monkeynauts are monkeys that were sent into space. The first ______________________ in sub-orbital space was a squirrel monkey called Gordo. Gordo was launched into ______________________ on December 13, ______________, in the nose cone of a US Army __________________________. Gordo did well during the flight, but ______________________ in the Atlantic ______________________ when the flotation device on the nose cone failed and it sank.

The next _________________ monkeys in space, Able and Baker, were ______________________ on May 28, 1959. Able was a 7 ______________________ (3.18 kilogram) ______________________ monkey, and Baker was an 11 ounce (311.9 gram) squirrel monkey. They were both successfully retrieved after a 300-mile sub-orbital flight that took 16 ______________________. Able died four days after the flight from a reaction to the anesthetic given during post-flight surgery. Baker died of kidney ______________________ 25 years after the flight (on Nov. 29, 1984), at the age of 27.



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