Technology 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk to go with Jeff Bezos to space on July 20

82-year-old aviator Wally Funk to go with Jeff Bezos to space on July 20

Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk will become the oldest person to travel in space.

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82-year-old aviator Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk will accompany Jeff Bezos into space aboard a flight from his company Blue Origin on July 20, becoming the oldest person to travel in space, has the company announced Thursday, July 1. She will be one of four passengers on the space tourism company’s first manned flight, alongside the billionaire, her brother Mark Bezos, and the winner of an auction whose name has not yet been revealed. .

In the 1960s, Wally Funk was part of a private program called Mercury 13, a group of 13 women who passed the same tests as the male astronauts selected as part of NASA’s Mercury program to send the first Americans into space. “They told me I got the job done better and faster than any of the men.”Wally Funk said in a video posted to Jeff Bezos’ Instagram account at the time of the announcement. “I said I wanted to be an astronaut. But no one wanted to take me. I didn’t think I would ever go up there.”

“Nobody waited that long”, wrote Jeff Bezos in his post. “Welcome to the crew, Wally.” The latter became the first female inspector for the US aviation agency, the FAA. Pilot, she has accumulated 19,600 flight hours. Blue Origin’s rocket, New Shepard, is to take off on July 20 and reach the Karman Line, which according to the international convention marks the beginning of space, 100 km above the Earth.

The prestigious passengers will then be able to float in zero gravity for a few minutes and observe the curvature of the Earth. Then the capsule will begin a free fall to return to Earth, and will be slowed down by three large parachutes and retro rockets before landing in a desert in West Texas.

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