• Blue Origin flight: Wally Funk, 82, to join Jeff Bezos

    From Avon@21:1/101 to All on Fri Jul 2 15:52:39 2021
    From BBC news...

    An 82-year-old woman who has spent six decades trying to reach space will
    join Jeff Bezos on the first human flight by his space company later this month.

    Wally Funk, who underwent training in the 1960s, will become the oldest
    person to ever fly to space.

    Mr Bezos has invited Ms Funk as an "honoured guest" and shared video on Instagram of him telling her the news.

    She will join the Amazon founder, his brother Mark and a mystery person who paid $28m at auction for a seat.

    The company plans to launch its passengers more than 100km (62 miles) above
    the Earth's surface, allowing them to experience microgravity.

    The capsule will then return to Earth using parachutes on a trip expected to last about 10 minutes.

    In a two-minute clip posted online, Mr Bezos is seen telling Ms Funk that she has been chosen for the trip.

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