Sam leaps into Bobo, a chimpanzee-in-training for the manned space flight program in 1961. Bobo is under the care of Dr. Leslie Ashton who is trying to prove that "her" chimps can do almost anything a human could do. Al tells him that it is essential that he be one of the two chimps selected for spaceflight otherwise Bobo will be found dead with a severe head trauma. Unbeknown to Dr. Ashton, a colleague is experimenting with crash helmet durability using the chimps as crash test dummies. When Bobo isn't selected for the space program it looks like he's done for and if Sam can't leap before the helmet test, it's the end for him as well. Written by
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This is the only time that Sam leaps into a non-human. See more
Al talked about his being an Astronaut, and said he was on an Apollo mission which orbited The Moon. The time of the manned Apollo orbital missions occurred in late 1968 and early 1969, at which time Al was previously established as being a POW, or at least serving in the Vietnam War. While at the time NASA recruited Military Personel to be Astronauts, it is unlikely, if not impossible that Al would seemingly go straight from working for NASA to be sent by the Navy for combat service. See more
Even though my memory was Swiss-cheesed, I couldn't forget the early days of the space race. In our mad dash to beat the Russians, we quickly put together a space program, and shot anything and everything up into the air. I only hoped I wouldn't be one of the anythings.
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