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NASA: Man in Orbit Will Have to Wait until '62

Nov. 12, 1961 - United States hopes for sending a man into orbit this year apparently ended today when a flight with a chimpanzee was postponed. The chimpanzee flight was delayed because of troubles in the space capsule. Scientists plan to send the chimpanzee three times around the earth as the last test before one of the seven astronauts gets a chance to follow the trails of Majs. Yuri A. Gagarin and Gherman S. Titov, Soviet astronauts. But the chance of putting an astronaut into orbit this year depended on a successful launching and recovery of the chimpanzee no later than this week. The manned flight is now off until early 1962, sources close to the Mercury program said.


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