Jeff Bezos picks OSU alum and female aerospace pioneer to launch with him

Published: Friday, July 2, 2021 By: Marcia Duncan Source: Associated Press

Sixty years after acing astronaut tests but barred because she was a woman, Oklahoma State University alum Wally Funk will rocket into space alongside Jeff Bezos in just three weeks.

Bezos' company Blue Origin announced Thursday that the pioneering pilot will be aboard the July 20 launch from West Texas, flying in the capsule as an "honored guest."

She'll join Bezos, his brother and the winner of a $28 million charity auction, as the first people to ride a New Shepard rocket.

At 82, she'll be the oldest person to launch into space.

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