Half a century ago, Mary Wallace Funk participated in the Mercury 13 project and was one of 13 American women who underwent training for a flight to orbit
The first crew of the manned spacecraft New Shepard, developed by the American company Blue Origin, is almost full — the fourth person on board will be an American Mary Wallace Funk.
Bezos himself announced this on his Instagram.
“No one waited longer. The time has come. Welcome to the team, Wally. We are glad that you will fly with us on July 20 as an honorary guest, “ the billionaire wrote on the social network.
Thus, Mary Funk will become the fourth member of the crew. In addition to her, Jeff Bezos, his younger brother Mark and an unknown auction winner who bought a ticket for a spaceship for $28 million will be on the ship. There are six seats in total.
82-year-old Funk will go down in history as the oldest person in space. In the 1960s, she participated in the Mercury 13 project and was one of 13 American women who underwent training for a flight to orbit. But the dream of none of them ever came true. However, Bezos called her the best in the group.
Then Funk worked as a flight instructor and became the first female investigator of the US Federal Aviation Administration and was engaged in the investigation of plane crashes.
The flight will take place on July 20. On this day, the New Shepard launch vehicle will deliver a capsule with a crew to an altitude of 100 km above sea level-to the so-called Pocket line, where you can personally see the curvature of the Earth and feel weightlessness.
After that, the capsule will detach from the rocket and land with the help of parachutes in the state of Texas.