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Wally Funk, female aviation pioneer, becomes oldest person to fly to space at 82

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on Blue Origin’s first crewed rocket launch at about 9:13 a.m. EDT Tuesday. The 60-foot rocket accelerated toward space at three times the speed of sound before separating from the capsule and returning for an upright landing.Funk and her fellow passengers experienced just a few minutes of weightlessness before their capsule then parachuted onto the desert in a successful landing.

The 82-year-old stepped out of the capsule grinning as loved ones of the crew greeted them with cheers and hugs.Cheers erupt as family members of the four astronauts launched to space in Blue Origin's New Shepard hug them as they exit the capsule."We could not be more thrilled to watch her live her dream," Laurie Williams, a member of Funk’s church congregation in.

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