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Learn About The Kansas Monkey That Helped Pave The Way To Space

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Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy in Florida en route to the historic moon landing. It would not be much of a stretch to say the three astronauts on board owed their good fortune, in part, to a furry mammal that hailed from a town only about 160 miles southwest of Kansas City. See for yourself in the slide show below.

In conjunction with PBS’ “Summer of Space,” Kansas City PBS is highlighting local stories about that historic time as well as other area celestial highlights.

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