The 82-year-old will become the oldest man to fly in space
Wally Funk will accompany Jeff Bezos on the alien voyage on July 20
Wally Funk, 82, will accompany Jeff Bezos into space on a Blue Origin flight on July 20, AFP and the Associated Press reported.
She will become the oldest person to fly in space.
Wally Funk will be the fourth passenger on the first flight of the space travel company’s New Shepard spacecraft. She will fly with the billionaire, his brother Mark Bezos and the winner of the auction, whose name has not been announced.
After taking off from the desert in West Texas, the journey will last 10 minutes, four of which passengers will spend over the Pocket Line, which marks the recognizable boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space.
Jeff Bezos has chosen Wally Funk as a guest of honor. She was one of 13 women trained as Mercury astronauts in the 1960s. However, they did not fly in space, they were not even accepted into the squad of astronauts because of their gender.
“No one has waited any longer,” Jeff Bezos wrote on Instagram. “It’s time. Welcome to the crew, Wally.”
Funk is a pilot and former instructor. She is the first inspector in the Federal Aviation Administration.