|From Matthew Serge Guy's Kickstarter, "The Meow-cury 14": "The cats in training harnesses. Félicette on bottom right."|
Space Myths Busted: How Did I Mess Up This Badly?
Unfortunately, this took quite a while, since most French cats can be found eating cheese, drinking wine, and smoking tons of cigarettes at coffeehouses. However, one heroic cat – Félix – was found at the gym doing push-ups, running on a tiny treadmill, and lifting weights. He was the clearly the perfect specimen for spaceflight, and on October 18, 1963, he became the first ever space kitty. Félix was recovered very much alive and meowing.”
|Photo from CNES, France's space agency: "Chatte Félicette." The inscription reads, "Thank you for your participation in my success on 18 October 1963." Note the electrodes visible at the top of her head.|
In loving memory of all the brave space animals.