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Wally Funk Finally Gets Her Moment in Space


Oliver Daemen, Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos and Wally Funk, right, discussed their flight experience aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket at its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, July 20. Tony Gutierrez/AP

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Originally published by The 19th

82-year-old Wally Funk has logged over 19,600 flying hours and taught more than 3,000 people to fly. But despite passing tests for spaceflight, she had never made it to space — until now. 

On July 20, Funk joined Jeff Bezos, the richest person on the planet; his brother Mark Bezos; and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen in a rocket built by Bezos’s company Blue Origin. The four-person crew lifted off from a site in West Texas and launched more than 62 miles into the sky, crossing the internationally recognized boundary between Earth and space.

The launch lasted a little over 10 minutes. 

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