After lagging behind its Soviet and American competitors, France was eager to stake its claim in the space race—with cats, for some reason.
From the streets of Paris, this tuxedo kitty—nicknamed "Astrocat"—would reach heights never achieved by feline kind.
She returned just fifteen minutes later, already a decorated heroine for her nation.
While not much is known about their findings—or about Félicette's eventual fate—the CERMA said she had made "a valuable contribution to research."
That could explain Félicette's relative mysteriousness.