Oklahoma Point out University Alumna Makes History With Journey To House

Penni Schewe

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos blasted off aboard his Blue Origin rocket at 8 a.m. Tuesday early morning in the west Texas desert. A few other individuals have been by his facet, which includes an 82-year-previous woman who graduated from Oklahoma Condition College in 1960.

Wally Funk has been waiting around for this mission for 60 decades. She’ll is the oldest person to go into room even while she claimed she feels 24.

Funk is an OSU alumna, a former Flying Aggie and a veteran aviator who assisted pave the way for women of all ages in space.

In 1961 she and 12 other females volunteered for the “Gals in Area” system, which ultimately proved females have been as bodily and mentally suited for room vacation as males.

The team was named the Mercury 13. All 13 gals passed the identical grueling bodily checks as the adult men. In actuality, the researchers located number of variations between the sexes, other than the “women did not whine as significantly.”

Funk was the youngest member of Mercury 13 and the prime in her class, but the program was canceled prior to the women bought to take their closing check and none of them ever obtained the possibility to go to area.

Bezos stated now is last but not least the time and invited Funk to acquire the flight as his guest of honor.

“I’ve waited a lengthy time and I have dreamt a extended time to get to go up,” mentioned Funk. “I just want to get up there and see the earth.”

“Wally is a job design for all of us with grit and willpower and resilience, everything. She’s unbelievable,” Bezos claimed.

The experience lasted about 10 minutes following launch and separation and everything was automatic. The crew went around 66 miles earlier mentioned earth and floated in microgravity for a several minutes before parachutes and thruster rockets landed the capsule back again in the desert near VanHorn, Texas.

Bezos’ brother Mark is also portion of the crew, as very well as 18-12 months-previous Oliver Daemen, who is from the Netherlands. Daemen received his seat in an auction for thousands and thousands of dollars. He is the youngest to ever go to space and will also be regarded as the very first “room vacationer.”

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