Born and Raised in New Mexico: Wally Funk’s Church Celebrates Her Blue Origin Spaceflight: ‘What an Inspiration’

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THIS IS SUCH AN AWESOME STORY!!! I pray I am still preaching at 82 and playing softball!!! My grandpa Floyd Caraway, who was a farmer, said at 84 years of age, “I would rather wear out than rust out.”

KOB TV REPORTS:

As a flight instructor born and raised in Taos, New Mexico, Funk has logged 20,000 hours of flight time and has guided 3,000 students to get their private pilot license.

In the early 1960s, Funk was one of the Mercury 13, a group of 13 American women who passed the same rigorous physical examinations as NASA’s first astronauts. But even with that – and all of her accomplishments – she never made it to space. More Here

 

FROM CHURCHLEADERS:

(RNS) — Six decades after being denied a spot in the space program by NASA because of her gender, 82-year-old Wally Funk finally reached space aboard the first human flight of billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space tourism venture, Blue Origin.

Few people were more excited for Funk than her fellow congregants at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas.

About 300 members of White’s Chapel turned out for a space launch watch party Tuesday morning (July 20) to view a livestream of the launch that made Funk the oldest person in space. (She edged out the late Mercury 7 astronaut John Glenn)

Wally Funk’s Church Celebrates Her Blue Origin Spaceflight: ‘What an Inspiration’

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