Blue Origin flight: Wally Funk, 82, to join Jeff Bezos space flight

An 82-year-old woman who has spent six decades trying to reach space will join Jeff Bezos on the first human flight by his space company later this month.

Wally Funk was one of the “Mercury 13” who underwent training in the 1960s.

Mr. Bezos has invited Ms. Funk as an “honoured guest” and shared a video on Instagram of him telling her the news.

She will join the Amazon founder, his brother Mark and a mystery person who paid $28m (£20m) at auction for a seat on the mission.

The historic journey will see Funk become the oldest person to ever fly to space.

The company plans to launch its passengers more than 100km (62 miles) above the Earth’s surface, allowing them to experience microgravity.

The capsule will then return to Earth using parachutes on a trip expected to last about 10 minutes.

In a two-minute clip posted online, Mr. Bezos is seen telling Ms Funk that she has been chosen for the trip.

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