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INDEX – OUTSIDE – The 82-year-old astronaut is not a beginner in orbit

Born in 1939, Wally Funk is an experienced pilot. He was already in training in the sixties. He would be the largest man to ever fly into space.

As a “respected” billionaire lady Invite him personally Funcot. The woman joins Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, and a mysterious fourth person who paid $28 million ($8.3 billion) in an auction for a picnic seat.

The recyclable Blue Origin rocket, New Shepard (named after the first American astronaut, Alan Shepard), takes four passengers more than a hundred miles above the Earth’s surface – to the thermosphere, the lowest level of outer space – where they can experience microgravity.

The capsule returns to Earth using parachutes. The road is expected to be approx For ten to eleven minutes will continue.

“We spend about four minutes in a state of weightlessness, then slowly descend and gently hit the ground. What will your first word be after leaving the booth?” Bezos asked Funk.

Honey, this was the best thing that happened in my life!

Wally Funk hugged the businessman happily.

She revealed, “I didn’t think I’d ever wake up.”

Flying is his passion

Wally Funk was born in New Mexico and has been a lifelong fan of aviation.

During his career, which began at the age of twenty, he completed 19,600 flying hours and trained 3,000 pilots. To this day, he teaches pilots starting on Saturdays.

The 82-year-old has made history several times: she was the first aviation safety inspector at the Federal Aviation Safety Authority (NTSB) and the first woman to become an inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States.

However, the program was later canceled unexpectedly. She and the other women – the group known as Mercury 13 – were not among the official NASA astronauts.

However, Wally Funk has been steadfast: in 2010, he bought two hundred thousand dollars (nearly six million forints) a ticket for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic program, which was recently licensed to carry paying passengers on his special missions.

Incidentally, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s space company Virgin Galactic are now in a belated struggle for supremacy.

After revealing that the New Shepard will depart on July 20, Branson will launch its first commercial flight on July 11, which itself is for take off.

It is not yet known what will happen to Funk with his already purchased ticket, but he is fully committed to the upcoming space experience:

“I can’t even tell you how amazing I felt after choosing Blue Origin for the flight.” The trip, he added, “will love every second.”

(Cover photo: Wally Funk. Photo: POST / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP)