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Bezos Selects Mercury 13's Wally Funk For July 20 SpaceFlight

Highly Experienced Aviatrix Will Fly To Space On New Shepard’s First Human Flight

The gang here at ANN could not be more thrilled... Wally Funk, a dear friend of many years, will finally be heading to space in less than three weeks -- after waiting some 60 years for the chance. 

Fulfilling a lifelong mission to become an astronaut, Wally Funk will fly to space on New Shepard’s first human flight on July 20 as an honored guest. She will join Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and the auction winner on the flight. 

Wally’s journey to space began in the 1960s when she was the youngest graduate of the Woman in Space Program, a privately-funded project which tested female pilots for astronaut fitness. Later known as the “Mercury 13” – thirteen American women successfully underwent the same physiological and psychological screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA for Project Mercury, but they never flew to space. Wally was the youngest graduate of this program. 

She was the first female FAA inspector and first female NTSB air safety investigator. The 82-year-old pilot will now be part of the first crew on New Shepard, and the oldest person ever to fly to space. 

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