• December 9, 2021
 Space pioneer Wally Funk added to crew for New Shepard’s upcoming launch

Funk was the youngest graduate of the Woman in Space Program, a privately-funded project which tested female pilots for astronaut fitness. | Photo courtesy Blue Origin

Space pioneer Wally Funk added to crew for New Shepard’s upcoming launch

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.

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.

Funk will join Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and the auction winner on the flight.

Here’s the moment Jeff Bezos asked Wally Funk to join our first human flight on July 20 as his honored guest.

The launch will take place from Blue Origin’s launch facility, located two hours east of El Paso and just north of Van Horn, Texas.

To learn more about Blue Origin, click here.

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