Published: 14th June 2021
#ThrowbackToday: How the first primate in space met a gruesome death
In today's #TBT, here's remembering all those animals sent to space, especially Albert II, totally the most illustrious of them all. Here's more about what and who followed after this primate
The one we are referring to above is the most successful one, and therefore the most well-known — Albert II.
This crab-eating macaque, a species of macaque specific to Southeast Asia, was chosen by the US to make the journey into space for experimentation purposes. Strapped aboard the V-2 rocket, the world's first long-range guided ballistic missile, Albert II survived the flight itself but couldn't weather the impact and hence, passed away on June 14, 1949. The rhesus macaque is best known for reaching the height of 134 km. Before it, Albert reached the 63 km mark while Albert III reached 10.7 km and Albert IV touched 130.6 km.
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Remembering the astronomy nerd
The death by suicide of Bollywood A-lister Sushant Singh Rajput sparked such wide-ranging conversations, that of mental health, drug abuse, Bollywood's 'outsider-insider' culture and ruffled many political feathers too. And we are still here, on June 14, exactly one year after he hung himself, remembering the astronomy nerd who had won the National Olympiad in Physics as a student. It was through the serial Pavitra Rishta that he became a household name and then playing Captain Cool himself in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story catapulted him into stardom. May his soul rest in peace.