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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:47 PM
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Astronauts pay respects to 'space chimps' (CNN)
By John Zarrella
CNN

FORT PIERCE, Florida (CNN) -- The chimpanzees could sense something was different.

Most days, the only people they see on their island habitats are their caretakers. But on Thursday afternoon, the chimps got a special visit from reporters and camera crews, along with two men who share a unique bond with the animals.

The place was a sanctuary run by Save the Chimps, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a permanent home for chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, NASA facilities and other sources.

The men were astronauts Scott Carpenter and Bob Crippen, two heroes of the U.S. space program. And the chimpanzees -- some of them, anyway -- were veterans of early test flights by NASA and the U.S. military.

"We're paying them back for their service," said Carpenter, one of NASA's original Mercury Seven astronauts and the second American to orbit the Earth. He toured the sanctuary with Crippen, who piloted Columbia on the first space shuttle flight in 1981.
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more: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/05/01/astronauts.spa...
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:52 PM
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1. Astronauts cozying up to damn dirty apes?
Charlton Heston is rolling around in his grave (with Nova, that lucky bastard)
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:07 PM
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2. I would so trade everything to live on ape planet with Nova.
I dont care that Nova cant talk! Sometimes its a bonus!
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PetrusMonsFormicarum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:31 PM
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3. Only fitting
These guys probably owe their lives to those chimps or other, less fortunate ones. It's high time we all pay some respects to the animals that keep us alive. It's a long list.
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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:40 PM
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4. Another Michelle Bachman thread?
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