Johanna Strobel

Félicette was the name of the first cat that was sent to space by French scientists in 1963. She was a stray and is the only cat that came back from space alive. After her return, several tests were conducted before she was killed so that her brain could be examined. Apparently nothing world-shaking was found. After her success and death, she was remembered as Félix, the (male) cat in space. Even commemorative stamps of ‘Félix’ were printed. It took decades until this injustice was corrected. In 2020 finally a statue to remember Félicette was unveiled in France.

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