- Steve Munt, Picasso owner, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the mission.
- If everything goes according to plan, Pikachu will be the second cat to enter space, the first being a French cat named Felicette.
- It may seem frivolous, but cat lovers who commented on the GoFundMe site of Munt probably disagree.
A recently-dying cat called Piccuccio is about to take a bold move where only one other cat has gone: space.
Steve Munt, Picasso's owner, wants to scatter his pet's remains in space to give him "the shipment that never before had a cat," he told Space.com. To accomplish his mission, Munt has agreed to pay $ 5,000 for a company called Celestis to load a few grams of his cat on a rocket (whose main mission is to launch a satellite in orbit) and release them once in space. Why?
"I wanted Picaku to be the first to continue his inheritance as a researcher and show the world that the cat is as worthy as a dog of special tribute," Munt told Space.com.
There is also a simpler reason that maybe only cat lovers will understand.
"Piccuccio is a hero, and I honor him as such," says Mun.
Mint has begun a GoFundMe mission page, which has so far collected about $ 1,600 from its goal.
"Part of his remains, from his heart, will be fired into orbit where he will observe the Earth, and we can trace his location as he travels the world with love," Munt wrote on the page. "Pikaku was the best, and we'll always look at him and he'll stay forever in our hearts, and we can all make him proud."
If all goes according to plan, Piccuccio will become the second cat to enter the cosmos. The first, a French wanderer named Felicetta, started in 1963 aboard the Véronique AG1 rocket, and later safely returned to Earth. The space cat attracted the attention of the international media and was even included in the collections of brands.
Munt wants to strive to give Pikachu a similar adventure.
"Piccuccio was a researcher and found us through the neighborhood research," Munt told Space.com, adding that he had accepted the cat after believing he was homeless. "The next day I got a phone call from someone who wants to know why their cat has come back with a collar." A long story, but Piccadus chose to live with us and his previous owner took that choice.
Celestis has already released the remains of two dogs in space, and the company offers a variety of pampering services for animal and human flights, including one that sends a "symbolic portion of cremated remains or a DNA sample into deep space, leaving the Earth-Moon system on an endless journey , according to the company's website.
Spending thousands of dollars on extraterrestrial monuments may seem a little pointless or unrelated to the main goals of science. But for some animal lovers, space scattering touches the intersection of science and humanity, showing how technology can be used to honor the animals that have been appreciated with them over the years. You can see this in Munt's GoFundMe's comments:
The alley writes: "I am so proud to be witnessing such a historic event !!! How good to live alive !!! I love Piqua !!!"
Laura Hasselbacher writes: "I do not have much to donate, but I want to be part of this unique tribute to a very special cat." Love, Laura and Teddy "
Tracy Millson wrote: "The Divine Piccak."
The publicity of the memorial can also help Mann raise money for another of his cats, Zi who has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and requires expensive medical procedures and who has a Twitter profile with more than 12,000 followers,
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