It really happened on this month back in 1963.
The French space program launched Félicette to an altitude of about 100 miles – and returned her safely in a capsule that parachuted back to Earth.
But, while Ham the chimp and Laika the dog are famous for their space flights, Félicette is unsung. Til now.
A Kickstarter campaign is underway to create a memorial statue to the Astrocat and have it displayed in Paris. Supporters can purchase a replica of a Félicette “autographed” postcard, screen prints, buttons, plaques and tote bags.