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Funk will ride to space with Blue Origin
Wally Funk, one of 13 women who powered through privately funded astronaut training during the Space Race but never officially flew on NASA missions, will finally get her shot this month.
The 82-year-old aviator will launch on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket July 20, the company’s first crewed flight, with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, his brother, and a yet-to-be-named auction winner. The 11-minute mission will begin in West Texas early that day and return to the same site for a capsule touchdown.
Read the full story on Wally Funk here.
Petro named KSC chief
Janet Petro, a longtime official at Kennedy Space Center and former Army officer, was selected to fill the vacant role of center director last week, NASA confirmed.
Administrator Bill Nelson announced the promotion, a move that fills the role left behind by former center director Bob Cabana. He was promoted to associate administrator of the agency and now spends most of his working time at headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Petro’s promotion marks the first time a woman leads KSC. Read the full story here.
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