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Felix and Felicette should be the best-known cats in the world. In France, numerous cats were undergoing intensive training for possible space flight, and Felix was the one chosen. In 1963 Felicette (or Felix) was sent into space.
Albert was a rhesus monkey that died of suffocation during his space flight. This brave astronaut was the original monkey pioneer. Albert II was the first monkey to be sent successfully into space.