TIL about the almost completely unknown story of Félicette, a stray Parisian cat who was the only cat successfully launched into space – only to be euthanased weeks after

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A9licette?wprov=sfla1?

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  1. One of the most tragic parts for me is how they didn’t even name her – it wasn’t until after the flight the media named her.

    > Félicette had the designation of C 341 before the flight, and after the flight the media gave her the name Félix, after Félix the Cat. Centre d’Enseignement et de Recherches de Médecine Aéronautique (CERMA) modified this to the feminine Félicette and adopted it as her official name

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