AMERICA’S new series of space missions will be manned by silverback gorillas.
NASA has not launched a manned vehicle since 2011 and officials believe a gorilla mission is a low risk way of getting the space programme back on track.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden said: “They can be quite timid.
“But, of course, they can also be quite volatile.”
He added: “Russia has been sending geckos into space so we think we can definitely ‘one-up’ them this time.
“We think the silverbacks will be able to do more due to the fact that they have fingers and thumbs and geckos don’t.
’But this is all depends, very much, on whether we can actually get them into the spaceship.”