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Jeff Bezos Takes 82-Year-Old Mercury 13 Program Member Into Space



A month ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he would become the first billionaire to fly into space on July 20. Today he announced on Instagram that the fourth passenger will be 82-year-old Wally Funk, a Mercury 13 member.

She was the first female flight safety inspector on the National Transportation Safety Board and the first female FAA inspector, as well as a member of the Mercury 13. Wally Funk has over 19,000 flight hours.

In 1961, Wally Funk was best-in-class in the Woman in Space Mercury 13 program. Despite the completion of training, the program was canceled and none of the thirteen flew.

Jeff Bezos

They told me that I did better and get the job done faster than any of the guys. I have contacted NASA four times. I said that I wanted to become an astronaut, ”but no one took me. I didn’t think that I would ever go upstairs. This is a great adventure for me.

Wally Funk

So far, more than 150,000 people have signed petitions against Jeff Bezos’ return to Earth after his space flight.

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