MS. Wally Funk will be flying to space with Jeff Bezos, as an honored guest on New Shepard’s first space flight
Blue Origin announced that MS. Wally Funk will be flying to the space with Jeff Bezos on 20th of July 2021
Blue Origin announced that MS. Wally Funk will be flying to space as an honored guest with Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, and the winner of New Shepard’s $28 millions USD bid on 20th of July.
Congratulations MS. Wally Funk! the 82 years old pilot, will finally fly to the space, decades after NASA refused her dream because she is a woman. MS. Wally Funk will become the first oldest person to fly to space, and the first woman to fly in a commercial spaceflight.
Fulfilling a lifelong mission to become an astronaut, Wally Funk will fly to space on New Shepard’s first human flight on July 20 as an honored guest. She will join Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and the auction winner on the flight.
Wally’s journey to space began in the 1960s when she was the youngest graduate of the Woman in Space Program, a privately-funded project which tested female pilots for astronaut fitness. Later known as the “Mercury 13” – thirteen American women successfully underwent the same physiological and psychological screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA for Project Mercury, but they never flew to space. Wally was the youngest graduate of this program.
She was the first female FAA inspector and first female NTSB air safety investigator. The 82-year-old pilot will now be part of the first crew on New Shepard, and the oldest person ever to fly to space.
Here’s the moment Jeff Bezos asked Wally Funk to join our first human flight on July 20 as his honored guest: