Only a few A few months ago, Blue Origin, a space company founded and funded by Jeff Bezos, did not expect it to make history on July 20, 2021. But this is what happened.
It was the day when Mary Wallace (Wally) Funk went to space.
Oh yes, yes, Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (Jeff Bezos) and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen (Oliver Daemen) are also in the capsule, he is his first paid space customer. Jeff’s brother, who called him “the most interesting person in space”, today any experienced space journalist in West Texas questioned the launch. (Their evidence is 2 Funny astronaut podcast Hosted by Mike Massimino and Garrett Reisman. )
But while sending the richest man in the world into space is an amazing start, and the emergence of commercial space tourism is a milestone, Wally Funk is unique.A thousand media outlets are telling and retelling a story this week. In 1960, Funk was part of the original Mercury 13, A group of trainees became the first female astronauts. But NASA will not sign the plan, and in the past 60 years, Fink, an expert pilot and hard-working aviation safety investigator, has become obsessed with occupying a seat on a spacecraft that rejected her. In 2010, she signed up for a US$200,000 quota Richard Branson’s VSS Unite, Looking forward to a Virgin Galactic suborbital flight sometime in that decade. Since her date has never been close, she feels frustrated. Then, unexpectedly, Bezos provided her with a space at today’s New Shepard conference.
As the world today knows, she is fully prepared. Her crew repeatedly claimed that this 80-something old man was the best prepared and healthiest among them, and of course everyone knows her energy today. Even though the crew was tied up in the space capsule and waited for lift-off-this is when people can forgive a little anxiety-she was still impatiently nervous towards the Carmen line. “I feel very shocked,” she said later.
“We paused for six minutes and she wanted to know what took so long,” Bezos said. “I’ll take it! We are burning the sun!”
Sure enough, when the new Shepard take off And climbing 65 miles into space, she left her seat and performed crazy moves. “Haha! I like it! I like it!” She cried because she and her crew were frolicking in what looked like mutants Piloboulos dancing club.
After the flight Press conference, From the moment she stepped onto the stage, she owned this room. (Considering that the room is a “barn,” a facility on the Blue Origin base is big enough to place the new Shepard rocket behind her, which explains something.) She didn’t wander to her seat like everyone else. Instead, she moved to the edge and stood on her stage, opening her arms. This was a victory as bold as Megan Rapinoe. Every time she spoke, she would stand up, raise the microphone to her face, and make a loud comment. The crowd included reporters, the crew’s friends and family, and the two daughters of Alan Shepard, who ate it up.
Jeff Bezos is smart enough to accept it. Although most people think this is almost his day, he is very happy to share the spotlight. It is true that some Blue Origin people are a little nervous and don’t know what this ruthless, frank and pleasant unpredictable Funk will say. do not worry. Since Alexa, she is Bezos’ best salesman. “I have waited a long time to get into space. I want to thank you, dear-because you made me possible,” she hugged Bezos and said, arousing more applause in the crowd. Although Bezos may never admit this, recruiting her on his flight was a brilliant smile dunk to Richard Branson. Branson may have slipped into space first. But Bezos has Wally!