THE ABLE-BAKER COUCHES
These are the actual fixtures used to hold and monitor the monkeys Able
and Baker during their flight. The rhesus monkey Able, preserved after
her death, is displayed here in her specially-designed
couch, which fit inside a protective capsule.
THE BAKER EXPERIMENT
The smaller squirrel monkey Baker also was transported in a specially-designed
restraint, cushioned with polyurethane foam. The end of the
couch cylinder has molded rubber pads to absorb jolts, while the couch
foam absorbed high-frequency vibrations. Baker's biological reactions
were telemetered to ground recorders. The Baker Experiment was a project
of the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine.