All kids of animals have taken trips on space flights and low-altitude rocket launches:
bees, wasps and hornets, spiders, roundworms, earthworms, fish, jellyfish, snails, toads, newts, mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, tortoises, quail eggs, monkeys, and dogs.
Oh, and people, too.
The animal that is glaringly missing from this lineup is the cat.
Scientists apparently learned something from an early 19th-century launch of a low-altitude black-powder rocket, which contained a cat and a squirrel to see if they could survive the trip.
The launch and recovery by a man named Claude Ruggiere were surprisingly successful, considering that it was one and a half centuries before the major space programs were in existence, with one exception.
After the rocket landed, the squirrel was nowhere to be found.
It was concluded that its copilot must have gotten hungry on the short journey.