History will be made with the help of a dead cat and its owner that is also a space fan. Steve Munt, the owner of the dead cat named Pikachu, will send the remains of his pet into orbit around the Earth. He is raising money through GoFundMe page for the cat’s ticket that cost $ 5.000 from the company Celestis, which offers memorial spaceflights for humans. The cremated cat will ride into space onto a satellite’s secondary payload in the next 18 months away.
What’s the Story of Pikachu Cat?
Munt’s fundraising campaign began two months ago, and until today he has raised $ 1.535 of the $ 5.000 for the pet launch service. But why a grieving pet owner wants to make this gesture? The story of Pikachu began when Munt and his family have found the cat on their house; they adopted him, give him a name and a collar. After that, the funny fact was that Pikachu had a family. But surprisingly, Pikachu has chosen them and lived with them after two years in a limbo between two owners. So, because of the extraordinary pet that Pikachu was, and after the long battle with feline diabetes, Munt wants to honor him in this way.
Besides this, Pikachu won’t be the first cat that has touched the skies and launch into space. Pikachu will remain unique because it is the first cremated cat to do so. But somewhere in 1963, the first stray cat, French on its origins, Felicette, was launched on a Veronique AG1 rocket. The cat has returned to Earth alive after the flight. In the case of Pikachu, he will be the first cat to orbit the Earth, its ashes, unfortunately.
Drawing to close, Celestis has some history with sending pets into space. The service was created in 2014, and since then the company had launched the remains of two dogs: Apollo and Laika. But now, Pikachu will be the first cremated cat to go into space, and it will be a great tribute for the cat, and a reason for joy for its owner.