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Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight includes Wally Funk, 82. But who’s the other mysterious passenger?

The Daily Digest Logo By Zeleb.es of The Daily Digest | Slide 2 of 23: Mary Wallace Funk, from the state of New Mexico, participated in Mercury 13, a project set up by NASA in 1961 to try and get women into the space race. The US government vetoed this project, though, and the aspiring female astronauts took the matter to Congress. Losing the battle in Congress, these women – including Wally Funk – stayed on the ground.

A pioneer who couldn't get access to space

Mary Wallace Funk, from the state of New Mexico, participated in Mercury 13, a project set up by NASA in 1961 to try and get women into the space race. The US government vetoed this project, though, and the aspiring female astronauts took the matter to Congress. Losing the battle in Congress, these women – including Wally Funk – stayed on the ground.

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