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Crowdfunding campaign to honor only cat to fly in space

A crowdfunding campaign has been started to build a 5-foot-tall bronze statue in honor of Félicette, the only cat to fly in space.

While the first dog in space, Laika, has a statue, and the first chimp, Ham, has a memorial, Félicette has close to nothing. There are some commemorative stamps honoring a mythical space cat “Felix.” But Felix’s portrait doesn’t look like Félicette and it has a male name, so this is not enough for Guy. If anything, he says, the stamps simply help erase the existence of female astronauts.

The French space program gathered 14 cats, implanted electrodes into their brains, and put them through training similar to the way that they train human astronauts. They ultimately chose Félicette to make the trip, either because of her docile personality, or because she had not put on too much weight, according to differing accounts.

She was launched into space from Algeria [in 1963], and made it nearly 100 miles above Earth. For five minutes, she was weightless. Félicette came back to Earth unharmed, parachuting down and being retrieved only 13 minutes after having left her home planet. She stayed at the program’s lab for two to three months, according to Guy, but scientists later killed her to study the effects of space travel on her body.

Seems to me to be the right thing to do.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
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8 comments

  • Laurie

    A symbol of cat oppression if there ever was one.

  • LocalFluff

    With nine lives, cats are purrfect astronauts.

  • ken anthony

    Give the cat a statue, but keep perspective.

  • Laurie

    Mr Anthony,

    Thank you very much for the link.

  • Mike Borgelt

    “but scientists later killed her to study the effects of space travel on her body.”
    BASTARDS.
    The cat should have been found a good home and left to live out her natural life.

  • Bill

    Wait- killing her seems like the right thing to do?

  • Steve Earle

    “…..Félicette came back to Earth unharmed, parachuting down and being retrieved only 13 minutes after having left her home planet. She stayed at the program’s lab for two to three months, according to Guy, but scientists later killed her to study the effects of space travel on her body….”

    Yeah, that jumped out at me too….. So she’s in “space” for a few minutes at best, comes back unharmed, is observed for 2 or 3 months, and THEN they decide they should cut her up to “study the effects of space travel….”??

    Scientists can be so short-sighted, they would have served their own interests far better if they had taken her on a publicity tour and let people pet the “Space Cat” in order to drum up public support for their program. Not to mention being far more humane to the cat….

  • Cotour

    Want to really PO a lot of people to the point where they will come for you and want to take you away and want to do harm to you?

    Tell them that you have for no discernible reason senselessly killed and cat or a dog. Only because it happened so many years ago there is not a public driven political call for firings and prosecutions.

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