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Huntsville, Alabama: Grave of Miss Baker, Space Monkey Team Field Report

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.
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Grave of Miss Baker, Space Monkey

Miss Baker, along with fellow monkeynaut Miss Able, was the first U.S. animal to flying into space and return alive. Report...

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Miss Baker grave and banana offerings.

Grave of Miss Baker, Space Monkey

Stopped by to see Miss Baker's stone at the Space and Rocket Center. It is outside and well marked. We found three bananas on top. Her husband, George, has a marker to the right of hers.

[EC, 05/10/2023]

Miss Baker grave.

Grave of Miss Baker, Space Monkey

Grave of the space monkey at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

[Lara Werning, 06/29/2019]

The grave marks an accomplishment both ominous and uplifting (RIP, pre-Miss Baker astro-animals!). If Miss Baker was still with us, last month she'd have celebrated the 60th anniversary of her 1959 return from space.

Miss Baker grave.

Grave of Miss Baker, Space Monkey

I was passing the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville and decided to stop and pay my respects to Miss Baker. I remember seeing her as a child at the museum. Due to her accomplishments we are exploring the universe. I'd say stop by and see the spot where space exploration began.

[Buffett 2010, 09/29/2018]

Grave of Miss Baker the Space Monkey.

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]

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