Jeff Bezos’ rocket launch gets just two stars in fuming review from OAP pilot

OAP astronaut Wally Funk, 82, gave Bezos' space flight just two stars in a fuming review, claiming the capsule "didn't go high enough."

The octogenarian, who has six decades of space training behind her, did however become the oldest person to fly in space as the $5.5 billion rocket launched for the first time on Tuesday.

In a post-flight interview with Fox, Wally explained her disappointment having failed to see the Earth onboard the Blue Origin capsule.

She said: "We went right on up and I saw darkness. I thought I was going to see the world, but we weren’t quite high enough."

Footage from Blue Origin's flight showed the edge of the Earth's atmosphere and a bit of curve in the horizon as well as the blackness of space.

Wally, who was denied the chance to go into space in the 1960s because she was a woman said: "I loved every minute of it. I just wish it had been longer."

In conversation with Fox she said she wished she had more time in Zero gravity when speaking of the brief four minutes of free fall that the 11 minute journey allowed.

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Wally was, of course, accompanied by Bezos as well as his brother Mark, 53, and teenager Oliver Daemen whose father won an auction for the seat to space.

The flight which launched its passengers 62 miles into the sky has come under criticism for the huge amount of funds the project has absorbed.

In defence of Blue Origin, Bezos denied that space travel and societal improvements are in conflict, shortly before announcing in a press conference that he was gifting CNN's Van Jones and Jose Andres $200m to donate to a charity of their choice.

Other critics have taken the opportunity to point out that the craft named New Shepherd looked uncannily similar to the male anatomy.

Many watchers took to Twitter to point out the similarity between Bezos' rocket and the penis-shaped one in the Austin Powers film, though experts have explained the phallic shape is intended to be aerodynamic.

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