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Old 06-14-2019, 04:45 AM
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June 14, 1949: Albert II, a rhesus monkey, rides a V-2 rocket to an altitude of 134km (83mi), thereby becoming the first monkey in space.

The first primate astronaut was Albert I, a rhesus macaque, who on June 11, 1948, rode to over 63km (39mi) on a V-2 rocket. Albert died of suffocation during the flight. Albert was followed by Albert II who survived the V-2 flight but died on impact on June 14, 1949, after a parachute failure. Albert II became the first monkey and the first primate in space, as his flight reached 134km (83mi) - past the Kármán line of 100km taken to designate the beginning of space. Albert III died at 35,000 feet (10.7km) in an explosion of his V2 on September 16, 1949. Albert IV, on the last monkey V-2 flight, died on impact on December 8 that year after another parachute failure. His flight reached 130.6km. Alberts, I, II, and IV were rhesus macaque while Albert III was a crab-eating macaque.