Told through archival photos and footage, testimony from space historians, the chimpanzees' trainers, and the people who fought for the space chimps' retirement
(Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Carole Noon), One Small Step: The Story of the Space Chimps reveals the plight of and truth behind the lives of the 65 young and infant chimpanzees who the Air Force captured in Africa and brought to the U.S for use in the space program – beginning a major chapter in the long and ugly saga of decades of using chimpanzees in experiments.
It begins with their predecessors, monkeys, who were used in air and space research, through the early rocket tests that Ham and Enos were put through prior to their missions into space. As the "race to space" heated up, they were used as test subjects for space flight research. The film weaves the story of human celebration during this time while challenging and begging the question: at what cost to the sacrificed chimpanzees and other animals?
One Small Step: The Story of the Space Chimps is a testament to a moment in U.S. history that includes an honest, moving and thought provoking examination of the use of chimpanzees in NASA’s space program and their subsequent abandonment into the hands of research laboratories.
50 min, in English