Nazi Rocket Monkeys - The First Astronauts

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The first manmade object into space was a Nazi V-2 missile, and captured examples were used by the Americans to launch the first primates into space - this is the story of the first astronauts to reach space - the real 'Space Monkeys'!
Dr. Mark Felton is a well-known British historian, the author of 22 non-fiction books, including bestsellers 'Zero Night' and 'Castle of the Eagles', both currently being developed into movies in Hollywood. In addition to writing, Mark also appears regularly in television documentaries around the world, including on The History Channel, Netflix, National Geographic, Quest, American Heroes Channel and RMC Decouverte. His books have formed the background to several TV and radio documentaries. More information about Mark can be found at:
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  1. Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin

    Uur geleden

    Imagine the Nazis were in the cold war. The USSR, USA and the Nazis would create huge technological advances

  2. Flemming Christensen

    Flemming Christensen

    3 uur geleden

    Iron sky 3 Space Nazi Monkeys riding dino's !!!

  3. sennadesillva


    8 uur geleden

    I thought shells launched from the Paris Gun during WW1 were the first man made objects to reach space?

  4. ben prastitis

    ben prastitis

    12 uur geleden

    'Nazi Rocker Monkeys.' I'm considering starting a band simply to use that as our name.

  5. SteveHoward 1

    SteveHoward 1

    12 uur geleden

    Don't forget that Werner Von Braun did not just end up working for NASA - he also ended up as a presenter on the Disney Channel!

  6. Happablapp


    22 uur geleden


  7. Stewie Griffin

    Stewie Griffin

    Dag geleden

    so, even after 4 attempts they were not able to design working parachute ... so embarrassing, but typical for Americans... just hard to watch...

  8. Caspian Wint

    Caspian Wint

    Dag geleden

    So the program soldiered on.....we finally arrive at Albert the XXXIX, launch is.......good....telemetry......good.....capsule separation.......good.....parachute.......................................................well, instruments worked, all the way down........

  9. Lord Damage

    Lord Damage

    Dag geleden

    Germans designed the rockets. Americans designed the parachute and Alberts pretty pissed about the whole deal.

  10. Black Vic

    Black Vic

    Dag geleden

    Camp staff as par-time slave killers? Rubbish.

  11. Fun Fox

    Fun Fox

    Dag geleden

    Surely 'American Rocket Monkeys'?

  12. kaiser doge

    kaiser doge

    Dag geleden

    Albert the first doesnt look to good

  13. Crow


    Dag geleden

    "Nazi Rocket Monkeys" *first picture is of Mark*

  14. Ostkake Pajj

    Ostkake Pajj

    Dag geleden

    its a good thing you have a sponsor, Mark, but damn is the contrast of happy stock photage of people in well lit offices enjoying some VPN not matching well with the rest of the content :p

  15. Wanderer628


    Dag geleden

    The British truly did have some great potential after the war. The economy being devastated by the war and massive debts limited it though.

  16. VC YT

    VC YT

    Dag geleden

    Leia : ''your'e a little short to be a stormtrooper'' - 12:28

  17. Rudolph Antler

    Rudolph Antler

    Dag geleden

    ...allies and their evil animal testings! Another sign that the evil side won WWII!

  18. Aaron Lee

    Aaron Lee

    2 dagen geleden

    Brits: "Well, we could have been first/best if only [insert hypothetical circumstance]." USA: "Who dis?"

  19. vitameat


    2 dagen geleden

    Meanwhile in Japan, Chim-Chim was insanely jealous... (Screw the Mach 5, this was real speed!)

  20. Παυλος Χαραλαμπους

    Παυλος Χαραλαμπους

    2 dagen geleden

    I think naming those monkeys Albert some how brought them bad luck 😏

  21. Montus Tubus

    Montus Tubus

    2 dagen geleden

    Three for four on the parachute failures. Way to go, rigging section. And what’s with the dufous doing the countdown with the arm waving thing, like a referee at a boxing match?

  22. Dusty River

    Dusty River

    2 dagen geleden

    RE: Final pic of the vid- This is not the Tony Blair you are looking for. Move along...

    • Mark Felton Productions

      Mark Felton Productions

      2 dagen geleden

      Very good. Actually, Mr. Blair went over to the Dark Side some years ago!

  23. Peter Sellers

    Peter Sellers

    3 dagen geleden

    How about someone fixes those parachutes?

  24. Alex Drones

    Alex Drones

    3 dagen geleden

    German engineered rockets. American engineered prarachutes... ☝️😌

  25. VC YT

    VC YT

    3 dagen geleden

    Hey, what sort of monkey buisness is this !!

  26. Martin Getliffe

    Martin Getliffe

    3 dagen geleden

    I think we all know who would be the test pilots if Ze Germans would have won the War.............

  27. Dimitri Telvanni

    Dimitri Telvanni

    3 dagen geleden

    Ill take potential band names for 1500.

  28. Tyler Eckart

    Tyler Eckart

    3 dagen geleden

    One thing: Verner Van Brahn was forced, by the Nazis to contribute his scientific knowledge; he wasn’t the one making the horrible calls of human misery and torture. Had he, along with all the other scientists said “no”, they’d be in the place of the forced labor, if not a bullet in the head. To say the Americans whitewashed the crimes of the Nazis is a ghastly and dangerous misrepresentation of facts.

  29. General Disaster

    General Disaster

    3 dagen geleden

    V2 Guided? ummmm, NO!

  30. A M

    A M

    3 dagen geleden

    'There better be some tasty bananas for me after this...'

  31. Leon St.

    Leon St.

    3 dagen geleden

    The Nazis weren´t without reason being captured and shipped to the US we all know the founders of NASA

  32. Legal Vampire

    Legal Vampire

    4 dagen geleden

    So the first astronauts were fruit flies

  33. Legal Vampire

    Legal Vampire

    4 dagen geleden

    20,000 slave labourers from Concentration camps died in the V2 missile project, which is far more than the 4,000 people in Allied countries killed by the V2s.

  34. hugo bin

    hugo bin

    4 dagen geleden


  35. Derek Quintal

    Derek Quintal

    4 dagen geleden

    Very interesting!

  36. Noob Empire

    Noob Empire

    4 dagen geleden

    wouldent nord vpn get ur stuff then? Hmm?

  37. Charles Mouse

    Charles Mouse

    4 dagen geleden

    Mark Felton: "The first non-monkey American in to space..." Alan Shepherd: "Glad I wan't paid peanuts, or called Albert."

  38. RenegadusUnidos


    5 dagen geleden

    Sipa ang mga PSG na kasama hahaha

  39. Aaron Seet

    Aaron Seet

    5 dagen geleden

    Good thing they didn't test first with tardigrades.

  40. Brady Prince

    Brady Prince

    5 dagen geleden

    A monkey strapped to a chair/rocket literally and thrown at the ground with no parachute... four times. Seems humane.

  41. HitManTwo3ree


    5 dagen geleden

    "These unfortunate creatures" Yup i knew i wasn't gonna like this one.... Poor monkeys.

  42. Havoc Man

    Havoc Man

    5 dagen geleden

    SPACE NAZIS!? W T F ???

  43. Alexi Keller

    Alexi Keller

    5 dagen geleden

    Who ever was in charge of the parachutes need to be fired

  44. sam maudlin

    sam maudlin

    5 dagen geleden

    They should have launched Nazi criminals into space instead of the monkeys. Such a waste.

  45. Egor D

    Egor D

    5 dagen geleden

    Finished watching the video. Love how there was no mention of who put the first man into space. Although this topic cropped up twice in the video ;) Avoided it skillfully.

  46. Egor D

    Egor D

    5 dagen geleden

    Bloody hell, all the best stuff and scientists taken by Americans, and still Soviets beat them with first man into space. Amazing.

  47. John Smith

    John Smith

    5 dagen geleden

    Today I learned that Albert is a very unlucky name.

  48. Emprahs Finest

    Emprahs Finest

    5 dagen geleden

    Was Von Braun actually responsible for any of the slave stuff though?

  49. hilldwler 420

    hilldwler 420

    5 dagen geleden

    Is von Braun guilty because he didn’t stop the importation of slave labour? We can all armchair quarterback back this after fact. Who among you would have stood up to the SS??? Go on I’m waiting.

  50. hilldwler 420

    hilldwler 420

    5 dagen geleden

    Child’s play to bomber Harris

  51. Dennis Hakkie

    Dennis Hakkie

    5 dagen geleden

    I went to Mittelbau-Dora a few months ago, too bad we couldn't get into the tunnels because of COVID. Still, it was a really... Well, if you can, go there!

  52. Klaas J

    Klaas J

    5 dagen geleden

    didnt know the USA are nazis

  53. EDLarsen85


    5 dagen geleden

    VPN.. and porn!..

  54. parkerc341 _

    parkerc341 _

    5 dagen geleden

    Nazi rocket monkey is now my favorite insult

  55. Greene Lanin

    Greene Lanin

    5 dagen geleden

    National socialist Germany had some of the strictest animal rights laws in history. Your title is misleading bc the nazis would not have used animals to do dangerous tests. The Americans stole the science and the scientists along with over 760,000 other patents after the war. The americans used monkeys to test the space capability of the stolen rockets. Great video keep them coming!

  56. restituto rebucas

    restituto rebucas

    5 dagen geleden

    these are my great grand fathers, the first in space.

  57. Will Will

    Will Will

    5 dagen geleden

    When I saw the title of this video I thought it was a band name and song title LOL

  58. Cailen Cambeul

    Cailen Cambeul

    5 dagen geleden

    I'd been avoiding this. Yes, British had that rocket that was basically the design ten years ahead of what became the Luner choice with Neil and Buzz - The Eagle has landed.

  59. ScottyWired


    5 dagen geleden

    what irony that literal monkeys achieved spaceflight before man

  60. Kevin Ronske

    Kevin Ronske

    5 dagen geleden

    Great name for a band.

  61. Silly Milkmaid

    Silly Milkmaid

    5 dagen geleden

    I just wish you'd remove the thumbnail...that monkey's face is something I just cannot unsee. Disturbing.

  62. Alan South

    Alan South

    6 dagen geleden

    I remember seeing Miss Baker at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville on elementary school field trips.

  63. AJ Ace

    AJ Ace

    6 dagen geleden

    I wonder how the US could successfully do paratroop operations in the war, with such horriffic parachute building skills.

  64. M


    6 dagen geleden

    These Monkeys landed on Mars and flourished. With the Nazi anti-gravity technology they evolved quickly and are now returning in the form of Greys.

  65. Jack


    6 dagen geleden

    This video title sounds like the name of a bad grunge band

  66. CaptainDuckman


    6 dagen geleden

    Don't claim vpns provide you with any protection. It's a scam.

  67. Ema Heiwa

    Ema Heiwa

    6 dagen geleden

    Nice name for a band 🤟🏻😎

  68. Ken Wilson

    Ken Wilson

    6 dagen geleden

    Should have used African Americans instead.

  69. mohinder kaur

    mohinder kaur

    6 dagen geleden

    Suicide is painless : Hitler

  70. BZAKether


    6 dagen geleden

    "It was not intended to be one way mission..." I don't like where this is going...

  71. Che Burns

    Che Burns

    6 dagen geleden

    *Found my new band name!*

  72. naughtydorf18


    6 dagen geleden

    sounds so robot chicken

  73. dave8323


    6 dagen geleden

    Exceptional video, as ever. Thank you for all of the work you put in, and for the hours of entertainment and learning you give, im looking forward to reading one of your books

  74. chad haire

    chad haire

    6 dagen geleden

    We should launch Joe Biden and Kamala Harris into space.

  75. Mitch g

    Mitch g

    6 dagen geleden

    It wasn't Aliens that propelled us into the space was the German Rocket.

  76. kevin austin

    kevin austin

    6 dagen geleden

    "...all systems worked perfect... but once again the parachutes failed". All systems EXCEPT the parachutes...

  77. The Joker

    The Joker

    6 dagen geleden

    I like to believe the monkeys were galvanised party fanatics.

  78. Francisco


    6 dagen geleden

    "In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka." Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer

    • Francisco


      6 dagen geleden

      This is what I see in the comments. People making jokes about inocent creatures being forced to endure horror, anguish and probable death. Animals should be left in peace. They are not objects or resources. We can live healthy and better lives being vegan.

  79. RatusNatus


    6 dagen geleden

    The americans never tried to go to space till the soviets did their move. The V2 was not seeing as that long range because they did not need an intercontinental artillery. The Soviets do need an long distance " artillery". Othar than that, the russians developed the formula that calculate the mass(energy) needed to set a rocket in orbit in the 19 century. So, they went there first because they wanted it first. And the audio 10:21 looks fraud! They do not have mics to record with that quality... Trying to write history...

  80. Ferdybroom


    6 dagen geleden

    another of your informative, enjoyable and well constructed documentaries; keep up the good work! One passing assertion however that I must challenge: in what possible way could Miss Baker's safe return from space have been "for the mutual benefit of (man) and animals" (sic)? From the point of view of the animals themselves, they were co-opted into a cruel and traumatic experiment far beyond their ability to comprehend, with little chance of survival, enduring rigid constraint, massive g-forces and very probably terrifying distress that we can barely imagine. Any notion of 'informed consent' would be ridiculous; the award of a human-bestowed 'animal bravery award' is about as absurd and contemptibly anthropomorphic as it gets. Clearly these creatures unwittingly and unwillingly paved the way for successful human spaceflight, but let's not console our consciences with any silly value judgements, or cloud our actions with a noble gloss of 'benefit for all'. What these scientists learned was of no use whatsoever to rhesus monkeys, or for that matter all non-humans. We did it because we could, for our own exclusive benefit. Period. The monkeys didn't get a say in the matter: they were merely victims.

  81. Avishek Ganguly

    Avishek Ganguly

    6 dagen geleden

    Salute for the sacrifice they made to pave path for today's space exploration opportunities.

  82. Jim Bo

    Jim Bo

    6 dagen geleden

    So they could engineer a rocket to carry an animal into space but not a piece of cloth to carry it to the ground?

  83. mpingo91


    6 dagen geleden

    What actually was wrong with all these parachutes failing and failing without the end?

  84. Reinhard Gellen

    Reinhard Gellen

    6 dagen geleden

    The once Great and progressive British Empire feed by US leftovers ! In 1945 , and today . Adolf Hitler must laught whole heartly in His grave ...

  85. Randy Cheow

    Randy Cheow

    6 dagen geleden

    It’s those zombie monkeys from Accession

  86. Roger Hudson

    Roger Hudson

    6 dagen geleden

    Can you please stop using the N-word, unless you can prove the monkeys had party cards.

    • Mark Felton Productions

      Mark Felton Productions

      6 dagen geleden

      Nazi rockets that were used to carry monkeys - I never called the monkeys Nazis.

  87. coolascats


    7 dagen geleden

    Very interesting video - love your content Mark!

  88. Atesz222


    7 dagen geleden

    Imagine if one of those V2s were snatched by aliens and they'd think it was the monkey designing, building and piloting it for just fun.

  89. cnote6923


    7 dagen geleden

    Had a few guilty laughs in this one. RIP Alberts I - IV.

  90. That Seventiesman

    That Seventiesman

    7 dagen geleden

    The horror we do to animals. We so deserve pandemics.

  91. Blues Rock Guitarist Mike Sallows

    Blues Rock Guitarist Mike Sallows

    7 dagen geleden

    Will there be a follow up called "Commie Rocket Monkeys"?

  92. Vincent Von Ash

    Vincent Von Ash

    7 dagen geleden

    This monkey's gone to heaven....The Pixies

  93. Puppy Puppington

    Puppy Puppington

    7 dagen geleden


  94. SuperEdo07


    7 dagen geleden

    I didn't expect to be watching nazi rocket monkeys with bonus evil scientist Mark intro photo, but here we are.

  95. Pb 207.2

    Pb 207.2

    7 dagen geleden

    From my point of view the only competition you have for ruling the history galaxy is “The History Guy”. Please don’t kill him...he does good work!

  96. Cain Nuke

    Cain Nuke

    7 dagen geleden

    Well, now you know why were the allies so interested in destroying Germany. They wanted their technology!

    • Egor D

      Egor D

      5 dagen geleden

      And maybe that's the reason Germany was allowed to develop its technological advances, when it was not officially allowed to. I dont believe that allies did not know that Germany was arming itself and is training its pilots and tank crew in USSR.

  97. Michal Dobrzynski

    Michal Dobrzynski

    7 dagen geleden

    They were Animals. Have a BabyGutan myself. Cant imagine treating like That.

  98. Patrick Padilla

    Patrick Padilla

    7 dagen geleden

    My phone did it again what I wanted to add to that is thank God that technology was never used ! ! ! ! !

  99. Patrick Padilla

    Patrick Padilla

    7 dagen geleden

    And here's a little not known fact that Vincent Justice Beernelli who won all three of the 50 bomber directive competition ; and his airplane company were put out of business because not knowing anything about politics Roosevelt killed the plane because one of the backers was Arnold Pew from sun oil who had who had fabricated lies against Roosevelt in the 42 elections Roosevelt killed the plane . Also Mr bernelli never got paid for three of his patents one was retracting landing gear the other little wing tips that you see nowadays on the plains and a flying fuselage which is more safer than any plane ever made goes twice the distance carrying three times the payload on half the fuel . Another little known person Edward Leedskalnin who had invented anti-gravity device ! And with the technology that we had we never used we just never showed it in America if push come to shove you would have seen a plane 10 times bigger than a 747 fly straight up in the air and would have wiped out all of Germany and come home again safely hidden with weaponry far worse than the atomic bombs !

  100. Patrick Padilla

    Patrick Padilla

    7 dagen geleden

    In the movie Independence day Judd Hirsch has the line when they're flying to area 51 do you really think they paid $900 for a hammer. That's area 51 and Roswell and Rachel is where in other places in the United States where all this high-tech stuff and if it had come push the shove it would have came out and I tell you this Germany would be a desert if it had. A vast wasteland in Europe would have been Germany !!! And why I do not know why they never put Russia the Soviet Union in its place when we could have easily done it not with troops but with technology that no one has ever seen only imagine in the movies