According to NASA, French scientists launched the first cat into space on October 18, 1963. The cat, named Felix, was "successfully retrieved after a parachute descent," but a second cat that went up just days later wasn't so lucky.
Katie, her husband, and their dog Hustler, the team behind The Amazing Treat Machine (and sponsors of this lovely website you are reading right now!), are also interested in bringing felines into orbit, but their idea involves a lot less risk and a lot more hair. They recently decided that once their Facebook page reaches 10,000 fans, they're going to to launch fur into space. Huh??
Katie says, "We're building a spacecraft from a weather balloon, filling it with fur, and launching it into space. When the spacecraft reaches about 20 miles above the earth POP! The fur will fly!"
The launch will be filmed, and the exact date will be determined once they reach their goal.
Hustler is standing by, waiting for your submissions!
Charlie and Priscilla want to be on that passenger log (Charlie is a bit of a space cadet anyway), so I'll be sending off some tufts of their fur in shortly (you know I've been saving it up for other purposes!). If you'd like to be a part of the fun (and free!) project, you can send your pet's hair to the following address, with your pet's name, location, and type (dog or cat) written on the back of the envelope:
Attn: Fur In Space
4570 Van Nuys Blvd PMB 183
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(If you'd like to include a link to your pet's Facebook page and/or their photo, you can email those to Katie@AmazingTreatMachine.com).
Sure, it sounds like a wacky idea, but if they end up getting a lot of submissions, it's going to be quite a sight!