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This is the taxidermied body of Miss Able, one of the first two monkeys to successfully return to Earth after being launched into space. She died on June 1st 1959, four days after her trip. The cause of death was a bad a reaction to anaesthetic, which she was under for surgery to remove an infected electrode. Like most of the monkeys that NASA launched into space, she had implants that allowed scientists on the ground to measure her vital signs. It didn’t go well for the monkeys. Most subjects of the program died during or just after flight. Exceptionally, Miss Able’s co-passenger, Miss Baker, survived until 1984.
Google Lit Trips allows students to tour the places where the characters they read about are living. This website has over 35 pre-created trips that teachers and students can download and run through Google Earth. The lit trips are easy to navigate and organized by grade level. The website also gives step by step instructions on how teachers can create their own lit trips, tips for using Google Earth and ideas for integrating Google Lit trips into your current curriculum.