The Story of Space Cat

In our Biology class, we worked on making a video of pictures and other visuals that went along with a Scientific American 60 Second Podcast. The podcast I chose was titled “Put Space Cat on a Pedestal” by Yasemin Saplakoglu. In the post it talked about the first cat in space and gave details on the event. At the end of my post there will be a full transcript of the podcast.

To created the video, our class used Adobe Premiere. We downloaded the podcast and imported it to Adobe. We then used Creative Commons to find images or videos that we could use without violating copyright rules and regulations.

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This is the Creative Commons website page. Here you can pick where you want to search for images or videos and it will only bring up ones you can use without violating copyright laws.

I found several images that went with the topic of the podcast, along with a video of space. I downloaded these to my computer and imported them to Premiere. I learned that if you want to download a YouTube video, go to the website bar and type magic between You and Tube.


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Here is the screen it brings you to when you type in “magic” between You and Tube.


After our media was downloaded and imported, we began to piece them together to create a visual aid to go with the podcast. I dragged my pictures into the timeline and I dragged them to the length I wanted them to last.


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Here is the timeline on Premiere. I dragged the podcast into Audio 1 and the images went into Video 1.

I also added text next to the pictures by double clicking the image and shrinking or enlarging in and moving it to the side. This also helped with images that were too big or too small. The text I added explained the picture, and I inserted it using a title still and dragging it into the Video 2 slot on the timeline.

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Here is what my video looked like with the writing next to the image.

When I inserted the video into the timeline, I moved the audio from it to Audio 3 and then muted it in Audio Mixer so the viewer would focus on the visuals and the podcast.

For the video playing during my title, I had to move the words up to Video 3 so they were layered on top of the video which I placed in Video 1. Which ever you put in the higher Video line is what will be on top.

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Here is the title with the video in the background.

I had finished all these steps, but I felt like my video needed more. I decided to add transitions to my words and images to make them slide from the left, right, top, bottom, spin, or grow from the center of my screen. I did this using Effect Controls.



At the top right of the computer screen there is a tab you can click called “Effect Controls”.

You first select the image or text you want to move, and drag the play head to where you want the movement to be done by. You then click the symbol next to Position if you are going to move it up, down, left, or right. You can click the symbol next to Scale if you are zooming in or out of an image. You would click the symbol next to Rotation if you were planning on rotating your image.

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Here is the Effect Control area where you click the symbols next to Position, Scale, and Rotation.

You then drag the play head to the beginning of the clip. Then you can click on the yellow numbers (shown on the right) and drag up, down, right, or left depending on how you want the transition to look. Then yon need to make sure to click the symbol by Position, Scale, or Rotation to let Adobe know that is when you want to transition to begin.

When I was happy with my video, I exported it to my computer and uploaded it to my YouTube channel. You can watch my complete video below.

Thanks for reading!

Here is the full transcript of the video. You can access the Space Cat podcast on Scientific American by clicking here.

Animal astronauts have included monkeys, dogs, mice, and even fruit flies. Most are fondly remembered, except maybe the flies. Laika the dog has a monument in her honor in Moscow. Ham the chimpanzee is buried with a proper plaque at The International Space Hall Of Fame in New Mexico. So where is the love for Félicette?

That’s what Matthew Serge Guy wants to know. He’s a creative director at the marketing agency Anomaly London. And he’s heading an effort to fund a statue for Félicette—the first cat in space.

Félicette briefly strutted into headlines when she took her short flight in 1963. At the time, the effects of launches and weightlessness on the human body were still poorly understood. So, a group of French scientists decided to observe what happens to a floating cat.

Félicette was chosen from a group of 14 intensively space-trained cats. It was either her “calm” demeanor or sleek physique that made her the winner. She was hooked up with electrodes and rocketed to an altitude of nearly 100 miles. After experiencing weightlessness for about five minutes, she parachuted back down in a capsule. Researchers then observed her behavior for a few months, after which she was supposedly sacrificed for study of her brain.

Now, after all these years, Guy created a Kickstarter project that aims to raise nearly $53,000 to build a 1.5-meter bronze statue of Félicette in her hometown of Paris. The deadline is 3:01 A.M. Eastern time on Friday, November 17th. To find the Kickstarter page, just google Kickstarter and space cat.

Donators are eligible for small prizes such as postcards and tote bags. And some larger ones such as recognition on a plaque near the statue. A broader aim of the project is to acknowledge all the animals that were shot into space as unwitting test subjects—a purr-fect opportunity for some credit.


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