Wally Funk delivers remarks after accepting the 2022 Michael Collins Trophy for Lifetime Achievement, Thursday, March 24, 2022, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Michael Collins Trophy recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in aeronautics and spaceflight.

Funk was a member of the First Lady Astronaut Trainees (FLATs, also known as the “Mercury 13”). These seven women who once aspired to fly into space stand outside Launch Pad 39B near the Space Shuttle Discovery in this photograph from 1995. The so-called Mercury 13 was a group of women who trained to become astronauts for America’s first human spaceflight program in the early 1960s. Although FLATs was never an official NASA program, the commitment of these women paved the way for others who followed.

In July 2021 after a lifetime of groundbreaking achievements, an 82-year-old Funk finally traveled to space aboard Blue Origin, becoming the oldest person to travel to space.

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2022年3月24日,星期四,沃利·芬克在弗吉尼亚州尚蒂利的史密森国家航空航天博物馆的史蒂文·F·乌德瓦尔·哈齐中心接受2022年迈克尔·柯林斯终身成就奖后发表讲话。弗吉尼亚州史密森尼国家航空航天博物馆的迈克尔·柯林斯奖是为了表彰在航空和航天领域取得的非凡成就。

芬克是首批女性宇航员受训者计划(FLATs,也称为水星13号计划)的成员。在这张1995年的照片中,这七名曾渴望飞上太空的女性站在39B发射台外,靠近发现号航天飞机。所谓的水星13号是一群女性,她们在20世纪60年代初接受训练,成为美国第一个载人航天计划的宇航员。尽管FLATs从来都不是NASA的官方项目,但这些女性的承诺为其他人铺平了道路。

2021年7月,在取得了一生的突破性成就之后,82岁的芬克终于乘坐蓝色起源前往太空,成为前往太空旅行的最年长的人。

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