This is Ham, the first chimp in space:
Image from the Great Images in NASA library.
I wonder if he ever got lonely up there, tough stare and tiny space pants aside? This reminds me of the MFM story "Laika Comes Back Safe" that uses that other famous space animal as a springboard to talk about mysterious attraction and loss. At least that's how I remember it. As we all know, Laika didn't come back. It was a good story.
In non-40-year-old space news, today is my birthday.