A big deal was made of 82-year old Wally Funk going up with Jeff Bezos on his pseudo space flight Tuesday. She was a former NASA trainee who never really became a full blown astronaut, so Bezos gave her a lift on his Blue Origin rocket for the 11-minute sightseeing trip.
She wasn’t that impressed. While grateful she got to go along, it sounded like she expected a better view. “We went right on up and I saw darkness. I thought I was going to see the world, but we weren’t quite high enough.”
Apparently the passengers could see Earth out their windows but it wasn’t that spectacular blue, round object off in the distance like we are used to seeing from images taken from the International Space Station. That is spinning around in space over four times higher than Bezos’ flight went.
Another thing Funk wasn’t happy about is the time she spent weightlessness. At the press conference she said she was hoping for more time to “do a lot more rolls and twists and so forth.”
The quarters were a little too tight to do that with the other passengers.
Hopefully she can enjoy the fact she’s the oldest person to ever go on a space mission.