The 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk will be present on Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft during a suborbital space flight on July 20. Throughout her life, her dream was to get into space, but she could not do it. Now, the legendary aviator will become the oldest space tourist.

The news was announced on Thursday, July 1, by the press service of Blue Origin and Jeff Bezos himself.

Wally Funk was born in 1939 and has been a professional pilot and instructor since the 1960s. The woman has more than 19.6 thousand flight hours and taught aviation to about three thousand people. She was also the first woman to hold a number of administrative positions in the US aviation authorities.

In 1961, Funk participated in the Women in Space program of NASA's Mercury 13 project, during which she and other candidates underwent severe physical training and hoped to become astronauts. But the program was then canceled, and Funk never flew into space.

However, she bought a ticket for a tourist space flight in 2010, which should be organized by Virgin Galactic. The company recently received a license from the US regulator and hopes to send the first tourists into space by the end of 2021.

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Virgin Galactic has conducted three trials in the past two years, and is now due to conduct three more. Four passengers will take part in the next test flight. They will have to test the cockpits of the spacecraft.

As for the Blue Origin flight, it will take place on July 20. In addition to Funk, Bezos himself, his brother Mark, and an unknown benefactor who bought a ticket at an auction for $28 million will take part in it.

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The Blue Origin auction started on June 7 with 7,600 participants from 159 countries. The amount paid by the winner will go to the Club for the Future Foundation, whose mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in science and engineering.