A Virgin Galactic ticket holder who met Blue Origin passenger Wally Funk at parties said the 82-year-old had 'the energy of 6,000 labradors'
Virgin Galacticticket holder told Insider that Wally Funkwas very "understated" and energetic.
- Caroline Freeland, who is training for her spaceflight, said she met Funk at parties and talks.
- Freeland said she also met
Richard Branson, who she described as a "lovely chap."
That's according to Virgin Galactic
After buying her $250,000 ticket for a trip to the edge of
The three-day celebrations in Cape Canaveral allowed Freeland to get to know many well-known astronauts, including Funk, who is the oldest person to travel into space.
Freeland, who has already completed some training for her spaceflight with Virgin Galactic, described Funk as "very understated ... engaging, easy, charming, happy, and fun."
Funk was part of a group of female aviators called Mercury 13 in anticipation of flying to space in the 1960s but she never got the chance to go. Bezos asked Funk to join him, his brother, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen on a trip to space in Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket.
Funk also traveled to London and gave a speech about her experience in the space industry to 10 to 15 Virgin Galactic ticket holders, which Freeland said she attended.
Freeland said that these meetups were "one of the wonderful things about this whole journey to becoming a future astronaut."
The ticket holder and future astronaut said she's also met Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, who she described as a "lovely chap." Branson beat Bezos to space by nine days when Virgin Galactic flew its first crewed mission 55 miles above Earth.
Freeland, who is London-based, said she also met former NASA astronaut, Mike Massimino, at the parties.
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