by Frederick Sandys
Date painted: 1860
Oil on canvas, 79.6 x 108.7 cm
Collection: Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery)
Open yourself up: today
that’s no different than opening
a refrigerator door: large chunks
of meat, eggs
scattered on the metal racks,
and cowering in the back:
a tiny, frightened woman.
You are huge and clumsy;
you fumble for her, breaking
all the eggs, and she eludes you,
and you don’t feel a thing
except cold inside.
—Gregory Orr, from “Domestic Life.”
Art Credit Enrico Smerilli.
Ham the chimpanzee photographed in his space suit which was fitted into the nose cone of the Mercury Redstone rocket
Ham became the first chimpanzee in space on 31 January 1961. He reached an altitude of 157 miles and speed of 5857 mph, during which he was weightless for 6.6 minutes. Ham was apparently only slightly fatigued and dehydrated after his ordeal