Ham, the Astrochimp

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Boyds Mills Press, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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In this information and entertaining book, featuring bold and lively illustrations, Richard Hilliard celebrates the achievement of Ham, the astrochimp and space hero. On January 31, 1961, a three-year-old chimpanzee named Ham made history in the U.S. space program. Strapped inside a Mercury capsule, the little chimp blasted off into the sky, becoming the first intelligent being to ride an American rocket into suborbital space. Ham made a vital contribution to the country's space program. Because there were so many unanswered questions about space travel, scientists could not risk sending humans on a journey into the unknown. Chimpanzees, however, were perfect space pioneers. Ham forged the way into the outer reaches of space so that human astronauts could follow.

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User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

My first graders studying space loved the story of Ham. They could really see how important his mission was, but the best part was the connections they made to the training astronauts went through in Astronauts' Handbook, which we read in class the week before. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Richard Hilliard teaches graphic design and illustration at James Madison University in northwestern Virginia. Richard Hilliard is the author and illustrator of Neil, Buzz, and Mike Go to the Moon, an IRA Notable Children's Book and a James Madison Award nominee.

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