Well last week’s question turned out to be a bit tougher to answer. Though some got close, no one got the right answer. Some mentioned “fruit flies,” but they are not “animals” but insects. Some mentioned Albert II, launched aboard a captured V-2 rocket in 1949, but they were off by one generation and one year.
The HSF Trivia Week Four question was: What is the name of the first animal to ride in a rocket for the U.S. and what year? Hint: It is NOT Ham the monkey.
The answer is: Albert I, a rhesus monkey, was launched aboard a captured German V-2 rocket (V2 No. 37) on June 11th, 1948. Albert I was also has the unlucky distinction of being the first animal to expire during his mission and was posthumously named after the ill-fated flight. Confirmation can be found here.
This concludes the first four week series of questions and now onto the drawing for the monthly grand prize!
The winner of the very first Grand Prize is Jim McDade! Jim has won his very own Go For Launch! game which will be shipped to him shortly. Congratulations Jim!
The HSF Trivia Week 5 questions is: Which Launch Complex/Pad was used during the Mercury Program?
You can submit your answers to me, Commander Merlin, at Merlin@RV-103.com. All answers must be submitted by midnight Monday to be considered.
For a review on the game rules, go here.