On the side of the newly opened 106 Jefferson, the Hilton Curio Hotel in Downtown Huntsville, are these two delightful creatures. I knew their names as soon as I realized they were up there. They are Able and Baker, the first primates that went into space on a Redstone Rocket designed here in town. Yes, they returned safely, although Able died a few days later from post-flight surgery complications. Baker, whom I had the privilege of meeting, lived out her remaining days of retirement and leisure here at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and is buried there. 106 Jefferson, still under construction in these photos, has a roof-top bar and grill named after these two monkeys.
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Interesting! I didn’t know about this.
Thanks – yep, they are pretty new (the statues); they have only been up there for a month or so, the real monkeys were from back in the 60s!