me
family
One Small Step
home
ONE SMALL STEP:
the story of the space chimps

In January 1961, a three year old chimp named Ham rocketed into outer space and propelled the United States a step closer to the quest for manned space flight. In November 1961, the five year old chimp Enos orbited Earth and paved the way for John Glenn's momentous flight. While Ham and Enos received world wide attention, their triumphs were quickly forgotten once their human counterparts acheived space travel. Also forgotten was the remaining 141 astrochimps until a 1997 Air Force announcement that the chimps would be "retired" from the space program.

Thirty of the chimponauts were retired to a primate sanctuary. One hundered and eleven chimps were not "retired" but given to a biomedical research facility to be used for experimental testing.

IS THIS THE WAY WE REWARD OUR SPACE TRAVEL PIONEERS?

One Small Step will recount the early days of primate space flight and will examine the status of the remaining astrochimp colony.

PROJECT FORMAT:30 minute documentary

Available in May, 2002