How wonderful that the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a statue for Felicette, the first cat in space, was successful! Felicette was reported to have launched and returned to Earth alive on October 18, 1963, which sounds much more humane than what happened to Laika, the first dog in space. There were no plans to return Laika back home, and she is reported to have perished from heat and stress a few hours after reaching orbit on November 3, 1957. Felicette was launched by the French, and Laika was sent up by the Russians.
|Felicette, first cat in space|
|Laika, first living creature and first dog in space|