An 82-year-old woman will join Jeff Bezos on his trip to Space in his company Blue Origin’s rocket. Bezos is all set to fly to space with his brother Mark, and the auction winner on July 20. However, now he has a new member aboard. Wally Funk, the 82-year-old woman, will mark history as the oldest woman ever to fly to space. On the other hand, Bezos is stepping down from his Amazon CEO position on July 5.
An 82-year-old Woman to Accompany Jeff Bezos in his Space Trip
Wally Funk, an 82-year-old woman will join Jeff Bezos in his trip to space on July 20. Moreover, Wally will mark history as the oldest woman ever to fly to space. Bezos made the announcement via a video on Instagram.
In the video, both Bezos and Wally are seen together. Wally will accompany Bezos, Mark, and the auction winner on their space trip. They are traveling in the world’s first crewed flight to space in Blue Origin’s, New Shepard rocket. Wally Funk will board the spaceship from West Texas on July 20 as an “honored guest.
Who is Wally Funk, the Oldest Woman to Travel to Space?
13 women passed NASA’s astronaut training program in the year 1960. Wally Funk was one of them. She was just 21 at that time. Moreover, she was the first woman inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration. Besides that, she was the first female air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. Wally says that she has taught approximately 3000 people to fly. She has a flying record of 19,600 hours during her career. Although, Wally also reserves a seat on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic rocket ship. But now, she is traveling to space with Jeff Bezos.
This is what Wally said About her Voyage with Jeff Bezos
Wally said that she feels fabulous about this space trip. She is getting a chance finally after several years of struggle. Moreover, she said that she wasn’t allowed to travel to space back in the day because she was a woman. Wally had almost given up her dream of flying to space. But now, Jeff Bezos is making her dream come true. Wally said she will every second of the trip. She will beat John Glenn, who traveled to space at 77 years of age. Bezos welcomed Wally Funk with open hearts and honored her presence on their flight. The crew will fly on July 20, 2021.