Huntsville, Alabama: Grave of Miss Baker, Space Monkey

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U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Address:
One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
Directions:
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.
Phone:
256-837-3400
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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.

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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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