Reentry Vehicle, Jupiter IRBM, Able-Baker

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    Reentry Vehicle, Jupiter IRBM, Able-Baker

    Recovered conical ballistic missile reentry vehicle that carried the monkeys Able and Baker downrange; ablative coating has been removed; white plastic coating similarly removed; some peeling of plastic around base.

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    Reentry Vehicle, Jupiter IRBM, Able-Baker

    Recovered conical ballistic missile reentry vehicle that carried the monkeys Able and Baker downrange; ablative coating has been removed; white plastic coating similarly removed; some peeling of plastic around base.

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    Reentry Vehicle, Jupiter IRBM, Able-Baker

    Recovered conical ballistic missile reentry vehicle that carried the monkeys Able and Baker downrange; ablative coating has been removed; white plastic coating similarly removed; some peeling of plastic around base.

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

On May 28, 1959, a U.S. Jupiter missile carried this reentry capsule and its payload of two live monkeys, Able and Baker, to an altitude of 300 miles (483 kilometers). The capsule travelled nearly 2000 miles (3220 km) downrange at a maximum speed of 2000 mph (3220 kph). Able and Baker were recovered safely at the end of the flight, proving that life could be sustained in a weightless environment. The capsule was transferred to the Smithsonian by the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency in 1960.