Huntsville, Alabama: Grave of Miss Baker, Space Monkey
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
- One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
- U.S. Space and Rocket Center. I-65 exit 340, then 15 miles east to I-565 exit 15. On the south side of the freeway; you'll see the big rocket out front. The headstone is in a little clump of trees next to the museum entrance.
Miss Baker, along with fellow monkeynaut Miss Able, was the first U.S. animal to flying into space and return alive. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Grave of Miss Baker, Space Monkey
Miss Baker is a squirrel monkey buried at the entrance to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. She was one of a pair of monkeys rocketed into space and returned alive, on May 28, 1959. Upon her return, she was rewarded with a banana and a cracker snack; she then rolled over and took a nap.
Miss Baker is interred outside the museum along with her husbands, Big George and Norman. There is no admission to visit her grave. Children attending Space Camp place a banana on her monument in her memory.[Vincent Astor, 06/30/2011]