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First U.S. Space Chimp is Dead

Nov. 5, 1962 - Enos, the first chimpanzee to orbit the earth in a U.S. space capsule, died of dysentery yesterday, the Air Force said today. Veterinarians said his death was in no way related to the orbital flights he made last Nov. 29. An autopsy is to be performed at the Holloman Air Base aeromedical laboratory in an effort to determine why Enos did not respond to antibiotic treatment for a bacterial infection of the intestinal tract. He had been ill two months. Ham, a chimpanzee who made a 150-mile non-orbital flight Jan. 31, 1961, is in good health, a spokesman said.

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