Picture This: First Chimp in SpacePosted by Jason on January 31, 2011
A chimpanzee sent into space by the Untied States returned safely to earth on this day back in 1961. The chimpanzee, named Ham, was brought from Cameroon in Africa. His name was an acronym for the lab that prepared him for his legendary space journey, the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center. Ham’s successful mission paved the way for the first American human in space, Alan Shepard.
The image below shows several men opening the space capsule of Ham the Space Chimp after his historic flight on a recovery ship off Cape Canaveral.
Credit: Corbis Images | © Bettmann/CORBIS
Ask your students to imagine that they have been selected to go on a journey into space where they will explore all the planets in the solar system. For the journey they will need to create short diary entries for a period of nine days. Explain that for day 1 the student will be preparing for the space shuttle launch. For the next seven days they should research and write about each planet in the solar system that they travel to and explore. For the last day, day 9, the students should write about their return to earth and summarise their thoughts on the journey.
In addition to text ask students to use images to accompany each diary entry.
Knowledge of the solar system, development of creative writing skills