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In the nineteen fifties and sixties scientists around. The world launched a veritable menagerie of creatures into space. The idea was to gauge. The effects of spaceflight on living creatures in the hopes that humans could follow. The Soviet Union sent a stray dog from Moscow named Leica into space and subsequently the Pooch was honored as a national hero and Ham. The chimpanzee was famously buried at the International Space Hall of fame in New Mexico following his contributions to the US space program and then there was France which sent the first and so far only kept into space. She was in nobly forgotten until just a few years ago. So who was this hero? Cat Villi set was one of fourteen cats summoned to the French space program each cat electrodes implanted into their brain and all were subjected to many of the same activities included in human astronaut training. A French scientists decided to use cats as they already had a lot of neurological data on them at the conclusion of training. Philly set a petite. Tuxedo got the green light in part because she had such a calm demeanor and possibly because other cats got to Chubby during training though phillies that herself was a little bit of a Lo Fi chunk on October. Eighteenth of nineteen sixty three phillies set. Who was officially known as C? Three forty one was strapped into a Veronica rocket and blasted from Algeria. To nearly one hundred miles or one hundred and sixty kilometers above the earth she experienced about five minutes of weightlessness followed by the terror of turbulent spinning descent by Parachute. Just fifteen minutes later. The flight was complete helicopter. Crew dashed to the landing site through. Open the cabin and found really set alive and well two months later scientists rewarded her heroism with Ethan Asia. They wanted to examine her body to observe the effects of spaceflight. Then feel that was all but forgotten. France was the third nation to establish a civilian space agency and likely set is often regarded as an afterthought in the feverish space race between the US and the Soviet Union so much an afterthought that in the nineteen nineties when three former French colonies celebrated her story by issuing stamps with the cats likeness. They mistakenly turned her into a him by using the wrong name. Felix but thanks to a clever kickstarter campaign. The stories finally been set straight Londoner Matt Guy Stumbled upon the tale of really set and was shocked that she wasn't already properly recognized for her accomplishments. Guy wrote on kickstarter in two thousand seventeen. She deserves a proper memorial. His online. Please netted around fifty seven thousand dollars enough to fund a five foot tall bronze statue. That's about one and a half meters. On December eighteenth of twenty nineteen. The statue was finally unveiled at the International Space University in Strasbourg France. Philly sets bronze like this purchase. A top small globe of the Earth. Her Keen Kitty is fixed upward and outward or she wants sort higher than any cat in world history.