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Blue Origin will pilot female aviator Wally Funk, one of the Mercury 13s, on its first crewed launch.

Aviator Wally Funk wanted to be an astronaut in the early days of space travel. Sixty years later, on July 20, she will finally go into space with Blue Origin.

Funk was one of 13 female pilots, later named Mercury 13, who passed all the exams required to join NASA’s astronaut corps in 1961 and lobbied the federal government to send women into space. NASA and Congress objected, and women were not allowed to become US astronauts for over a decade; Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly into space in 1983.


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