Wally Funk trained for NASA’s Mercury program over 60 years earlier, however she was not able to protect her area to enter into area. Now, at 82 years of ages, Funk is getting the possibility to go to the last frontier after being picked by Jeff Bezos to join him and his sibling on their suborbital experience on July 20.
On Thursday, Blue Origin, the area expedition business established by the Amazon developer revealed that Funk will be the 4th individual to fly on the New Shepard suborbital spacecraft. She will likewise be signing up with the unnamed winner of the auction who paid more than 28 million dollars to protect their area on board, according to CNN.
In February of 1961, Funk offered as part of the “Women in Space Program,” a personal endeavor to take ladies into area throughout NASA’s earliest area flights. Funk was the youngest lady to finish from that program, and was informed that she “had done better and completed the work faster than any of the guys,” according to Bezos’ Instagram post, revealing Funk as the 4th individual on the flight.
As part of her training, she even outlived famous astronaut John Glenn by lasting 10 hours and 35 minutes in a sensory deprivation tank.
“I got a hold of NASA four times, and said ‘I want to become an astronaut,’ but nobody would take me,” Funk informed CNN.
“I didn’t think I would ever get to go up. Nothing has ever gotten in my way. They say, ‘Wally, you’re a girl, you can’t do that.’ I said, ‘Guess what, doesn’t matter what you are, you can still do it if you want to do it,’ and I like to do things that nobody’s ever done before.”
Funk has 19,600 flying hours to her name and has actually taught countless individuals how to fly.
Desperate to enter into area, Funk formerly acquired a ticket abroad a Virgin Galactic suborbital spacecraft. That craft stays in its screening stage and it stays to be seen if Funk will get a possibility to fly with Virgin Galactic too.