Where lies Enos (Hebrew for Man)? Not mouldering beside the deboned body-glove of HAM’s formless flesh underneath a New Mexico museum’s carpark flagpole nor laid out in the airforce pathology lab’s specimen drawers that house the same’s beetle- scrubbed bones. When half-hearted dissectors were done with Enos first chimpanzee to gain true orbit (third hominid after two cosmonauts) their flayed pilot bloomed in flame not on thrilling re-entry but in a medical incinerator. Nothing of him remains. No brass plaque or ash-scattered park claims space for Enos (Hebrew for Man).
Chimpanzee HAM was the first primate to cross the threshold of space during a sub-orbital NASA launch in 1961.
Enos followed in the same year, becoming the first chimp to achieve Earth-orbit.