The first three women to go into space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft were given their own bobbleheads.
Limited edition figures featuring spring-loaded nodding heads of commercial astronauts Wally Funk, Audrey Powers, and Laura Shepard Churchley are available now from Blue Origin’s online store.
Bobbleheads are packaged in mission-specific packages and retail for $34.95 each.
Funk, Powers, and Churchley’s bobbleheads not only capture the appearance of each woman, but also depict the subject in her blue flight suit worn during a 10-minute suborbital space flight, with a name tag. And a small mission with her badge. Each 7-inch (18-centimeter) statuette is mounted on a black pedestal that also bears the astronaut’s name. Funk is modeled with his arms outstretched, recreating the pose he struck after flying the NS-16. As one of his so-called “Mercury 13” pilots, who in the 1960s underwent the same medical exams as NASA’s “Original 7” Mercury astronauts, Funk finally went to space in his July 2021.
Powers said she flew in her NS-18 in October 2021. This is the same flight that Star Trek actor William Shatner took part in. As Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations, Powers became the company’s first hired astronaut. Her character is shown wearing a custom-made Omega her Speedmaster her watch that Blue Origin presents to each of her Shepard crew members.
She attended the company’s first crewed launch alongside three of her others, including Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. Funk, who was 82 years old at the time of her flight, holds the record for the oldest woman to fly into space.
In a statement released by Blue Origin, Powers said, “We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to see Earth from space and hope that everyone will be able to participate in this experience.
She wore Churchill’s bobblehead rings to her two, including her father’s Naval Academy class rings, which flew to the Moon in 1971 and returned to space on her NS-19 in December 2021. wearing Churchley is the daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut, commander of Apollo 14, and the name of her rocket, Blue Her Origin New Shepherd. The Bobblehead is a new addition to Blue Origin, which also offers branded apparel, Mission patches, New Shepherd scale models, and products from the non-profit education and advocacy organization Club for the Future.
Blue Origin has so far made six manned spaceflights with a total of 31 people (one person has flown twice). In September 2022, the company suffered a launch failure on his 23rd New His Shepherd His mission, an unmanned flight carrying only scientific experiments and cargo. Blue Origin plans to resume flights in his 2023.
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