Bezos’s rocket to blast off with oldest and youngest astronauts
Al Jazeera, 20 Jul 2021
Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, and Oliver Daemen, a student from the Netherlands, will round out the crew of four passengers on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.
It will be its first crewed launch.
Octogenarian Wally Funk will also be on board as a guest of Bezos. Funk is a trailblazing female pilot who always dreamed of becoming an astronaut and was denied the job in the 1960s due to her gender.
She was among 13 women who trained as astronauts in the Mercury project in the 1960s but were barred from going into space by NASA’s then-discriminatory gender policy.
The rocket is set to take off from Texas in the United States at 8am local time (13:00 GMT).
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports from the US capital, Washington, DC.
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