Geek Fact for January 31st

In 1961, Ham was the first primate in space.

Ham’s name was an acronym for H olloman A ero M ed. His sub-orbital flight aboard the Redstone Mercury rocket was very similar to the flight that Alan Shepard would take later that year.

Read more about Ham and other animals in space at

In 1958, the U.S. launched their first artificial satellite, Explorer 1.

Following the launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957, the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency was directed to launch a satellite.

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