Smart Chimp Proved Humans Could Survive Space Travel

  • Published on Mar 18, 2019
  • His name was Ham, the first chimpanzee in space and a critical part of the early 1960s American space program. He did survive space travel and this was very important as earlier dogs, especially Laika the Russian dog, did not survive and this horrified animal activists and others around the world. I used a portion of this film in my four-part Turner Broadcasting television series on the Apollo race to the moon, titled Moonshot. #nasahistory #hamthe chimp
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Comments • 48

  • *LaDY* *L0VE*
    *LaDY* *L0VE* 2 days ago

    Awwwww 😍

  • BasedGod Strugglin'
    BasedGod Strugglin' 25 days ago

    Oh my god Karl Pilkington was right!!!!!!

  • Jason Hatt
    Jason Hatt Month ago +1

    After returning from space Captain Ham had this to say: 8:13

  • Jason Hatt
    Jason Hatt Month ago

    This reminds me of that one Quantum Leap Episode where Sam Leaps into a monkey that was apart of this program, did you see that one?

  • huh
    huh Month ago +2


  • redstarpiru1
    redstarpiru1 2 months ago +2

    Those ears the chimp has, I would love to flick them 😂👂

  • TheManofthefuture101
    TheManofthefuture101 2 months ago +1

    One of the often overlooked astronauts in the common eye. We have Yuri Gagarin as the first man in space, Neil Armstrong the first Man on the moon. But we really do forget the animals that we sent into space, those who braved the new frontier for us to explore.
    Laika - the first animal in space
    Ham - The first human like creature in space ( and lived )
    They're our unsung heroes that deserve a lot of credit for their journeys.

    • Tech News
      Tech News 2 months ago

      TheManofthefuture101 they weren’t “brave” they were forced

  • Clint Forster
    Clint Forster 2 months ago +1

    This is such a crazy video

  • Belzejon
    Belzejon 2 months ago +1

    Huh, so I was right about the existence of Hawaiian Coconut Space Monkeys then!

  • Daniel Torrens
    Daniel Torrens 2 months ago

    No don't do it, it's a trick, he looks just like Buz Aldrin, he was probably smarter than him, just deny everything, he even acts like Buz!!

  • Historical Music and Anthems—Remastered!

    Two hundred from now, someone will post a 5 minute video about me on VR RU-clip called "Dumb Chimp Proved Nothing."

  • Michael Miller
    Michael Miller 2 months ago +1

    Cute little fella made history! Amazing

  • Chris Jenkins
    Chris Jenkins 2 months ago +1

    Amazing upload, David. Thank you!

  • NubeBuster
    NubeBuster 2 months ago +13

    And now, in the year 2019, masses start to question the fact that earth is, in fact, in the shape of a globe.

    • J. M.
      J. M. 2 months ago +1

      Lol....I know right? "Well we're not spinning on a globe, because "I" can't feel it or see it myself. Lol. Insane... No, not insane, dumbed down beyond belief would be a more accurate description.

    • dachicagoan
      dachicagoan 2 months ago +3

      The movie idiocracy proves correctly what is happening with society. Humans are getting dumber

    • NubeBuster
      NubeBuster 2 months ago

      +Daniel Torrens we do know that we are spinning. Thats why the sun does not stay in the same relative position.

    • Daniel Torrens
      Daniel Torrens 2 months ago

      The Earth is flat,we are not stupid we would know if we are spinning at 1000 miles per hour, for what ever reason they want us to believe that the Earth is a globe, just like all the rest of the lies that they have been telling us.

  • marksamuelsoncable
    marksamuelsoncable 2 months ago +2

    "..drinking in the powerful fuel that will catapult it more than 150 miles into the heavens"
    Interesting to observe the use of language like this, and the particular accent and cadence in speech employed by the narrator is something basically extinct today 55 years later within the same country of the United States.

    • acchaladka
      acchaladka 2 months ago +1

      marksamuelsoncable yes, this fake accent and odd cadence was taught to us in acting school in the late 1980s as one of the ways Americans used to pretend to be more European and portentous. We generally learned voice and phonetics in great detail with the idea of speaking as Americans or characters actually speak or would have. This was part of ‘method’ acting in NYC.

    • marbleman52
      marbleman52 2 months ago +1

      mark...Yes, written and spoken journalism has been going downhill for a long time. In comparison, look up writings and editorials from 100 years ago in just about any newspaper, whether large or small, and read the long and eloquent sentences and paragraphs that were commonly used. Then do the same for a current news outlet. Yep...the dumbing down of our educational system is one of the main reasons that Socialism is garnering such attention and support. Incredible...and angering...!!

  • Victoria Taylor
    Victoria Taylor 2 months ago +3

    Thanks David, another amazing one. It seems like Ham was saying, when they opened that capsule after his return, Gee guys, am I ever glad to be home ! Whew what a trip that was!!! But let me otta here quick. I love all animals, and he was sure a sweetheart. Exceptional historical event. I love this ❤

  • El Gringo Feo
    El Gringo Feo 2 months ago

    Guess this was the first step to the moon right

    TheARAGOT 2 months ago +22

    Every single video you upload is so unique! I love this channel

  • Prolific Invention
    Prolific Invention 2 months ago

    Wait- 5000 MPH, What? Don't you need to be moving about 25,000 miles an hour to go 155 miles into Low Earth orbit?...anyone have an idea about this inconsistency...

    • Prolific Invention
      Prolific Invention 2 months ago

      +Daniel Maunsell Wrong, sorry but the Russians launched a dog into orbit in 1957 on Sputnik 2-they had to travel the minimum speed of 25,000 mph, it is just required to enter low Earth orbit-its a fact.

    • Daniel Maunsell
      Daniel Maunsell 2 months ago +2

      Probably what the documenters were told so the Russians wouldn't copy it

  • ArchEnema 67
    ArchEnema 67 2 months ago +23

    Ham was 3 years old. I wasn't able to find out if he was Pan Troglodytes or Pan Paniscus. The most amazing thing about this clip, for me, is that he didn't seem particularly upset or traumatized when they opened the capsule. I would've been PISSED.

    • ArchEnema 67
      ArchEnema 67 2 months ago

      +Michael Miller Grover is a true genius. His "exasperated waiter" sketches contain wisdom that will echo down the halls of history. I humbly try to follow his example.

    • Michael Miller
      Michael Miller 2 months ago +1

      ArchEnema 67 nice Grover icon! He’s my favorite Sesame Street muppet haha

    • ArchEnema 67
      ArchEnema 67 2 months ago +1

      +thomas Davidis Whoa buddy, you changed your first comment! I agreed that the release from the capsule might have been staged to make it seem like he was under less stress, but I did NOT agree that there was any kind of conspiracy to fool the American public into believing that Ham hadn't died. Don't try to edit things to make it look like I'm on YOUR tinfoil hat trip to lala land. I'm done with you, and I'll never reply to one of your comments again!

    • ArchEnema 67
      ArchEnema 67 2 months ago

      +thomas Davidis Yeah I thought maybe, but I also thought a funny comment was better than a cynical one.

  • Gorge Hennon
    Gorge Hennon 2 months ago +1

    The chimp pimp.

  • Ramen Noddle
    Ramen Noddle 2 months ago +5

    Amazing footage! I have never seen this.

  • InfiniteWisdom
    InfiniteWisdom 2 months ago +4

    I used a number of your clips and made a mini documentary about feminism, questioning how much what the commentator was talking about also impacted the black community. Your wife Heidi Hoffman filed a copyright claim and gave me a copyright strike. I asked you if I could use your video in the comment section and you favorited the comment, so I'm not understanding why your wife filed a copyright claim against me.
    If you have a problem with me using your videos I apologize, but like I said, your videos are gold and I would love to use them, or put certain clips together to inform a younger crowd of things that have happened in the past that we are too young to ever know. Many of the problems we are having now have already been examined and discussed, but if I can't use your videos it greatly diminishes the effectiveness of my social commentary. People are intellectually lazy. The people who listen to me aren't going to stumble onto your videos. Some people have to be introduced to information in packages they can digest, which peeks their curiosity to dive in further. Nothing does that more effectively than video.
    Also, I always put the link of the video to your channel in the description box so that people can be directed to the source material. I have a number of people saying, "Thanks for putting me onto to David Hoffman," so if anything, I am bringing more people to you. But now I have this copyright strike. And I just uploaded another video that is currently sitting on private because I'm afraid your wife will hit me with another strike. I don't know if it was you or your wife, but I see Heidi's name on the complaint. Hopefully, this was just a misunderstanding.
    Please advise.

    • ArchEnema 67
      ArchEnema 67 2 months ago +1

      @UC6wBro4B4pf9xnBh9Xi2zcQ Thank you. I don't know what sort of resources RU-clip gives you to address this sort of thing. It's one thing to make offensive or hateful comments, but it's an entirely different beast when you're twisting the meaning of other people's replies. I comment on a lot of different channels, but I've never run into anything like this before. I appreciate whatever efforts you've been able to make. Looks like his comments are gone.

    • David Hoffman
      David Hoffman  2 months ago +1

      +ArchEnema 67 Thank you so much. Not sure how to handle this but will try
      David Hoffman - filmmaker

    • ArchEnema 67
      ArchEnema 67 2 months ago +1

      +David Hoffman David, I just thought you'd like to know, if you hadn't followed it, that there's a creep on your page that goes by the handle "thomas Davidis" who's editing his comments ex post facto to make it look like respondents to the original comment agreed with something they didn't. He's scum, and if you can block or delete his comments, it would be a great service to your subscribers and to the continuation of honest exchanges in your comment pages. Thank you for the time you put into this channel, and I hope you'll consider my request.

    • NubeBuster
      NubeBuster 2 months ago

      +Kevin R I would like to stay neutral in this matter, but I would like to mention that pinning a comment without answering it makes for a confusing situation. A situation that must have been frustrating for him.

    • Kevin R
      Kevin R 2 months ago +2

      It doesn't matter if David or his wife flagged your video and even if it was his wife, tone it down a notch. Also a bit entitled to say "if anything I'm bringing more people to you." David's content speaks for itself!

  • Yudi
    Yudi 2 months ago

    Hi, David. Can I use some footages of yours on my RU-clip channel? I want to make a story of Laika and I want to use some of these footages on that video. I'll make sure to give a credit to you and link back to your videos and channel. Let me know. Thanks, David and team!

    • Yudi
      Yudi 2 months ago

      +Daniel Maunsell Nah, man. Fair use is vague or gray area. Better have a license or permission from the owner.

    • Daniel Maunsell
      Daniel Maunsell 2 months ago

      +Yudi read fair use laws I think you can still use a small amount of them

    • Spider-Man 2 is a work of art
      Spider-Man 2 is a work of art 2 months ago

      +Yudi You don't have any videos...

    • Yudi
      Yudi 2 months ago

      +David Hoffman It's too bad cause I don't have enough money for the license. I'm still a small creator with 2 videos and 13 subscribers. Thanks anyway! God bless!

    • David Hoffman
      David Hoffman  2 months ago +1

      Good morning. If you are interested in obtaining footage from one of my clips, please contact me at
      David Hoffman-filmmaker