Wally Funk, 82-year-old woman who trained for NASA, traveled into space with Jeff Bezos on New Shepard flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — After a half-century of waiting, Wally Funk — who trained for NASA’s Mercury program but was denied the opportunity to go to space — finally got her time amongst the stars. She was specially selected by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, to accompany him, his brother, and auction winner 18-year-old … Read more

four things to know about Wally Funk, the 80-year-old pilot whose space dream Jeff Bezos will make

The sky is its limit. All her life, Mary Wallace Funk, aka Wally Funk, has looked to the stars. After six decades of trying to become an astronaut, this pilot must see her dream come true on Tuesday, July 20, thanks to Jeff Bezos, who chose her to board the rocket alongside her. New Shepard … Read more

Rocket Report: Super Heavy rolls to launch site, Funk will get to fly

Enlarge / A Super Heavy booster rolled out of SpaceX’s production facilities in South Texas on Thursday. Welcome to Edition 4.05 of the Rocket Report! We have a really big week in small launch: Virgin Orbit confirmed the viability of its LauncherOne vehicle with a second consecutive successful flight. Congratulations to the engineers and technicians … Read more

Acclaimed CFI Wally Funk finally punching her ticket to space

“No one has waited longer,” Bezos posted on Instagram, arm-in-arm with Funk, during a surprise announcement that private space company Blue Origin released on the company’s website July 1. “Honey, that’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” Funk said as she grabbed the billionaire in a bear hug during a video that documented … Read more