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Off of the walkway to the "old" entrance, near the fountain is Miss Baker's grave.

Miss Baker was a squirrel monkey who, along with Able, flew a suborbital flight in the reentry vehicle of Jupiter AM-18 on May 28, 1959 and returned safely, becoming the American animals to survive a round trip into space; many people will recognize her from a famous publicity photo.

Miss Baker subsequently lived at the USSRC (or, more properly, at the Alabama Space & Rocket Center, as it was known back then) until her death on November 29, 1984, after which she was buried here.

The grave reads:

Miss Baker
Squirrel Monkey
Born 1957
Died Nov. 29, 1984
First U.S. Animal
To Fly in Space
And Return Alive
May 29, 1959

It is not uncommon for people to leave bananas on top of her stone.

Time picture taken Sat Jul 27 08:54:44 2002
Location picture taken East Parking Lot/"Old" Main Entrance Area
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Huntsville, AL
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