Blue Origin

Blue Origin to launch its 1st astronaut flight with Jeff Bezos and crew of 3 today. The people onboard will be Oliver Daemen, 18, Wally Funk, 82, Jeff Bezos, 57 and his brother Mark Bezos, 53. If all goes to plan, the company's New Shepard rocket and capsule will take off for an 11-minute journey, launching and landing outside Van Horn, Texas at Blue Origin facilities, dubbed Launch Site One. The rocket will carry the spacecraft on a suborbital path before separating, allowing the crew to descend in their capsule under parachutes for a ground landing. Crew member Wally Funk has been waiting the longest for the flight opportunity. The Mercury 13 aviator tried six decades ago to join NASA's astronaut corps, but was excluded due to her gender and lack of military experience during an era when American women were excluded from military pilots. The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, didn't reach orbit until 1983.