The island of Tonga has ambitious plans to launch a space travel industry. And their plans have taken off with an American woman aviation pioneer signing up to be the South Pacific archipelago’s first space tourist.



Wally Funk, a woman who trained with the original Mercury astronauts but never made it into space, has agreed to buy a $2 million ticket for a seven-day stay in polar low-earth orbit, fulfilling her lifetime dream, according to California-based space rocket developer InterOrbital Systems.

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