Able and Baker were launched into space on May 28, 1959 in the nose cone of JUPITER Missile AM-18. They reached an altitude of 300 miles and a distance of 1500 miles while travelling at speeds over 10,000 miles per hour on their brief trip into space. They successfully withstood forces 38 times the normal pull of gravity on earth and were weightless for approximately 9 minutes. This mission marked the first successful recovery of living beings after their return from space.
The images on this page came from Pioneering Efforts in Space.