Saturday, July 24

Meet Wally Funk, the 82-year-old female aviator on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin flight who’s finally going to space six decades after training for it

  • Wally Funk is one of three other passengers joining Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin’s suborbital space flight on Tuesday.
  • She was part of a group of female aviators known as Mercury 13 who trained for space in the 1960s.
  • The 82-year-old will break John Glenn’s record for being the oldest astronaut.
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When Wally Funk joins Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin’s flight to the edge of space Tuesday, she will become the oldest-ever US astronaut, edging out John Glenn. Here’s a look at the career of the 82-year-old aviator.

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