There's an article on io9 right now about animals that have been sent to space, and apparently France sent cats into space. Cats! in space! Space Cats are real, my friends. The best part is that her name was Felicette, and she even looks French:

You can read more about Felicette the Space Cat here and here. And just for good measure ...

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This was totally not an excuse to post space cat gifs.