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Wally Funk, 82, fulfills lifelong dream of going to space on Jeff Bezos Blue Origin



Wally Funk, 82, is a pilot who was denied the chance to go into space in the 1960s because she was a woman. After returning to earth with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos she said: “I want to go again, fast”.

She is the oldest person who went to space - six decades after she took part in US government testing to become an astronaut, a program the government abandoned in 1962. Wally Funk: “I’ve been waiting a long time to finally get up there, and I’ve done a lot of astronaut training through the world – Russia, America – and I could always beat the guys on what they were doing because I was always stronger and I’ve always done everything on my own”.

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www.theguardian.com   
07-22-21