Everyone of us at ATI is a huge pet lover. Dogs, cats, hamsters and goldfish are very much present in our lives.
My personal household is ruled by an 9lb Maine Coon cat named Butterscotch aka Scotchie with a lot of cattitude and total disrespect for human authority and comfort. His cat wits allow him to open doors, type unintelligible (and highly alarming to the recipient) emails from my account as well as answer the traditional corded phone with a MEOW. Nothing like calling your home phone to pick up messages and hear a snarky MEOW!
Imagine Scotchie’s surprise when he was alerted via underground cat news network that Iranian officials are seriously considering sending a Persian cat into space!
According to the Associated Press, Iran’s aerospace program announced that it plans to launch a Persian cat into space by March. The Iranians have sent a mouse, a turtle, some worms, and even a monkey into space. But this real-life Space Cat would be the first feline to journey out of Earth’s cozy confines in nearly 50 years.
The first cat in space was sent up by the French on October 18, 1963. A stray named Felicette, the first furry catstronaut was said to be picked up from the streets of Paris. The French had first planned to send a cat named Felix, but there are conflicting reports about what happened to this would-be explorer. Some people think Felix escaped, and was replaced at the last minute by Felicette. Curiously, some histories still credit Felix as being the first cat in space and there’s considerable confusion about who exactly should take credit.
Regardless of how she got there, Felicette was thankfully retrieved unharmed after her capsule reached 100 miles into the heavens, then parachuted gently back to Earth. And no feline has reached space since.
To our NASA friends: Please ignore our cat’s request for space glory if received. We would hate to commit our furry friend to such a dangerous mission.