At 82 years old, Wally Funk became the oldest person to fly to space on Tuesday.
Funk was one of four crew members to take a trip to space on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard vehicle . The flight marked Blue Origin’s first human flight to space, making way for civilians to travel to space.
Funk was invited on the trip by Bezos.
Bezos said Funk was at the top of her class as part of the “Mercury 13 Woman in Space Program” in 1961. “Despite completing their training, the program was canceled, and none of the thirteen flew,” Bezos said.
She was also the first female FAA inspector and the first female NTSB air safety investigator, according to a Blue Origin news release.
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