VAN HORN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launches today, Tuesday, July 20 from the godforsaken of West Texas.
CBS 11 News is live successful the tiny municipality of Van Horn, adjacent the motorboat site, to seizure the event.
Live Coverage volition statesman present astatine astir 7:30 a.m. Central Time.
North Texas autochthonal and aviation pioneer Wally Funk and Blue Origin laminitis Jeff Bezos are getting acceptable to marque past with the formation to abstraction this week.
Although Bezos is the headliner of the launch, the communicative of Wally Funk, 82, and however she got to this infinitesimal is 1 to beryllium remembered.
It was an Instagram infinitesimal seen by millions. The infinitesimal the North Texan recovered retired she’s going to space.
When Bezos walked into Funk’s life, she said she had nary hint who helium was. They met for the archetypal clip erstwhile helium knocked connected her door.
Bezos besides opened a doorway that had been unopen for six decades, with the dreams of the aviation pioneer sitting connected the different side.
Funk and 12 different women completed the precise aforesaid investigating arsenic the men successful the Mercury abstraction programme successful the 1960s. Of the Mercury 13, arsenic they became known, Funk was the lone 1 who did amended than each the rest, including the men.
She went connected to go the Federal Aviation Administration’s first-ever pistillate inspector and has taught implicit 3,000 pilots to fly. She besides holds each aviator standing the FAA offers.
At her location successful Grapevine, memories capable astir each room, pictures of the young miss whose parent told her to ever imagination big.
Funk’s pastors and parishioners astatine White’s Chapel religion successful Southlake sent her disconnected with hugs.
Through a beingness of ever reaching higher, she present looks guardant to the ever-important countdown to motorboat connected Tuesday.
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