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(France 24)   Finally, someone deserving gets to ride on one of the billionaire space wieners   (france24.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Space tourism, Space exploration, Trailblazing woman aviator Wally Funk, oldest person, Jeff Bezos, New Shepard launch vehicle, western Texas, Richard Branson  
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2021-07-01 4:38:28 PM  
Billionaire Space Wieners is the name of my King Missile cover band.
 
2021-07-01 4:45:43 PM  
She'll be the oldest person to go into space...that we know of.  There may have be someone older who was taken into space by aliens, and probeulated.
 
2021-07-01 4:49:32 PM  
Gonna go out on a limb here, and say the first two NASA astronauts to ride the Crew Dragon were deserving. Pretty big cajones too.
 
2021-07-01 4:50:26 PM  
How an 82-year-old person could withstand the G-forces of liftoff is a mystery to me.
 
2021-07-01 4:59:24 PM  

Dodo David: How an 82-year-old person could withstand the G-forces of liftoff is a mystery to me.


Hot water, good dentishtry and shoft lavatory paper.
 
2021-07-01 5:02:41 PM  

Dodo David: How an 82-year-old person could withstand the G-forces of liftoff is a mystery to me.


Why wouldn't they? 82yo doesn't necessarily mean frail. Also, a suborbital hop has a lot less energy involved than orbital insertion and subsequent deorbiting.
 
2021-07-01 5:04:52 PM  

Walker: Billionaire Space Wieners is the name of my King Missile cover band.


No fair. Billionaire Space Wieners is the name of my Fark Tribute Polka Parody Band.
 
2021-07-01 5:08:25 PM  
Interesting choice for Bezos to join the 62 mile high club with. Wonder what he's going to do with the other 9.5 minutes
 
2021-07-01 5:10:29 PM  

Trucker: She'll be the oldest person to go into space...that we know of.  There may have be someone older who was taken into space by aliens, and probeulated.


We all know the probing happens at a Holiday Inn in Paramus.
 
2021-07-01 5:13:45 PM  

Trucker: She'll be the oldest person to go into space...that we know of.  There may have be someone older who was taken into space by aliens, and probeulated.


You know the rule about Fark and your personal erotica site.
 
2021-07-01 5:17:28 PM  
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One day I'll name a child after her. Or my next dog.
 
2021-07-01 5:21:38 PM  
I would have given it to her simply for the name Wally Funk.
 
2021-07-01 5:35:54 PM  
Perfect. She's already lived a full life.
 
2021-07-01 5:42:50 PM  
The Funk did come from space, so seems appropriate.

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2021-07-01 5:55:54 PM  
Ok subby, that is a pretty cool selection.  I'll give your mom a break tonight.
 
2021-07-01 6:20:51 PM  

GalFisk: Dodo David: How an 82-year-old person could withstand the G-forces of liftoff is a mystery to me.

Why wouldn't they? 82yo doesn't necessarily mean frail. Also, a suborbital hop has a lot less energy involved than orbital insertion and subsequent deorbiting.


I'm claiming Orbital Insertion as the name of my Butthole Surfers cover band.

/ also...I don't care how low energy an orbital insertion is, it still makes me tense up
// well, the thought of it does...
/// what's that rule on FARK as a personal erotica thingy again?
 
2021-07-01 6:22:44 PM  

Spectrum: Perfect. She's already lived a full life.


Agree - chosen because her family is probably already wondering why she's still around 30-80% of the time, Bezos - meh, who really cares; the authorities from multiple countries are probably hot on his trail anyways, not to mention a bunch of ex-brick and mortar store owners.

/username checks out
 
2021-07-01 6:28:42 PM  
Bezos, the Bro, the rich dude and the cool broad are not going to space.

They're going pretty high, but not to space.

/Pet peeve of mine.
 
2021-07-01 7:02:06 PM  
Bezos fakes his own death.
 
2021-07-01 7:16:39 PM  

Dodo David: How an 82-year-old person could withstand the G-forces of liftoff is a mystery to me.


At initial liftoff the spacecraft is at its heaviest and acceleration isn't much beyond 1G. As more fuel is burned it eventually reaches about 3G, but you're lying on your back in a contoured seat so it's not hard at all.
 
2021-07-01 7:37:06 PM  

Trucker: She'll be the oldest person to go into space...that we know of.  There may have be someone older who was taken into space by aliens, and probeulated.


i got to wonder what the aliens thought of old people smells. you know their supervisors have them recording all sorts of data. some day Ben Gay may be a cover aroma for invading forces.
 
2021-07-01 7:53:33 PM  
What a great use of money. Instead of helping people on Earth, let's let rich people figure out how to flee the planet and leave the rest of us to die. Awesome.
 
2021-07-01 8:06:28 PM  

Orallo: Bezos, the Bro, the rich dude and the cool broad are not going to space.

They're going pretty high, but not to space.

/Pet peeve of mine.


The mesosphere is contracting, so if they hang around long enough up there then they will be.
 
2021-07-01 8:07:43 PM  

Orallo: Bezos, the Bro, the rich dude and the cool broad are not going to space.

They're going pretty high, but not to space.

/Pet peeve of mine.


From TFA:
Taking off from a desert in western Texas, the New Shepard trip will last 10 minutes, four of which passengers will spend above the Karman line that marks the recognized boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space.
 
2021-07-01 10:12:02 PM  

austerity101: What a great use of money. Instead of helping people on Earth, let's let rich people figure out how to flee the planet and leave the rest of us to die. Awesome.


Tiiiiiiiits Innnnnnnnn Spaaaaaaaace!


/one of those rare instances where you could use either meaning.
 
2021-07-02 1:42:28 AM  
All real astronauts have "The Right Stuff" as defined by the Mercury Astronauts.

She fully qualified as a Mercury Astronaut and was denied only because of her gender. She holds every flight certificate/license ever created. She earned this a long time ago. Far and away the most qualified person ever to go to space.
 
2021-07-02 7:29:41 AM  

Dodo David: How an 82-year-old person could withstand the G-forces of liftoff is a mystery to me.


I can't find the story, but I remember this premise in an old science fiction pulp from the early radio days.

An old man has spent his life being denied the permission to go to the moon because of a medical issue.  He commissions a rocket in secret with only 2(?) others to help him.  They have to launch with no notice because the authorities were coming to stop them.  They launch, but in the process the elderly gentleman breaks multiple bones from the ascent g-forces.  They patch him up, make it to the moon, get him in a suit and outside where he walks a bit then sits down to die, content with life at last.
 
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