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82-Year-Old Woman Reaches Space After 15 Years

As part of the race to get to space. Wally Funk geared up at her finest age and hit it to the unknown. After waiting 61 years, 2021 made it clear that times have changed. Ya’ll they got to space in 11 minutes. (Let that sink in)⁣

Funk, age 82, is one of a dozen women who have come to be known as the Mercury 13 in pointed contrast to NASA's original astronauts, the Mercury 7. Funk and the others were skilled pilots who, like their male counterparts, dreamed of flying even higher, to space. But they were never included in NASA's vision for spaceflight and never became astronauts — until now. ⁣

"Wally Funk has really never given up on her dream of spaceflight," Margaret Weitekamp, curator of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's space history department who wrote a book about the women who lobbied to be included in NASA's astronaut program, told "There's a nice bit of poetic justice in including her on this flight."⁣

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