Jeff Bezos, the richest man on Earth and Amazon boss, takes an 82-year-old woman on a trip to space. This makes Wally Funk the oldest astronaut ever on July 20.
With his company Blue Origin, Bezos wants to offer space tourists a ten-minute trip 100 kilometres above the Earths surface. Bezos recently announced its first flight. In addition, he himself is on board, along with his brother, an unknown person who paid $28 million for it at auction, and Funk. Bezos shared a video telling Funk the news on Instagram.
Funk has earned her traces more than that. In the 1960s, she was part of the Mercury 13, a NASA space program that took part in thirteen women, but it never came to an actual space journey.
After that, Funk was a flight instructor. She taught 3,000 people to fly. She also wrote history as the first woman to be a member of the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate, among other things, aircraft accidents. She was also the first female inspector to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).