In this episode we’re looking at the history of the unsung pioneers of space travel, Monkeys and Chimpanzees!
Before rockets were safe enough to take humans, and even after, NASA and rival organizations sent apes into space to test conditions without risking human life. These primates risked life and limb, faced incredible danger and adversity, and saw more than most humans ever will. Now, over 50 years since the height of the space race, there are new questions to be asked.
With a modern perspective on animal welfare, the conditions these apes were put under are dubious to say the least.
Our guest for this episode is , Matthew Wood, Author of “Space Race, How the Cold War put humans on the Moon”