Anousheh Ansari: First Female Private Space Explorer

Last week, I’ve heard about the first female civilian who went to explore the outer space. I never really paid attention to it until I saw her blog, Anousheh Ansari Space Blog. She also has a website, www.anoushehansari.com. Her blog was on the number spot for WordPress’ Top Blogs for the day (dated Sept. 27). From her blog she said that she was actually blogging from space (that’s what says from there ;)). Literally, reading and writing posts from outer space. Kewl! Her blog really is fantastic. You guys should read her experiences.

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“The days here onboard start at about 4:00 am GMT and end about 7:30 pm GMT. 7:30 is supposed to be lights out! But it is the time that everyone can relax a bit and just chat, make some personal calls to family members, or simply look out the window and admire the views…” by Anousheh.

See the view from NASA TV.

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More about Anousheh Ansari – The First Female Private Space Explorer

She is the Iranian-American co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of telecom technologies, inc. (TTI). She became the world’s first female space tourist, the first female Muslim, and the first Iranian in space on 18 September 2006.

Space Related Career

Ansari is a member of the X Prize Foundation’s Vision Circle, as well as its Board of Trustees. Along with her brother-in-law, Amir Ansari, she made a multi-million dollar contribution to the X-Prize foundation on 5 May 2004, the 43rd anniversary of Alan Shepard’s sub-orbital spaceflight. The X-Prize was officially renamed the Ansari X Prize in honor of their donation.

The Ansari family investment firm, also named Prodea, has announced a partnership with Space Adventures, Ltd. and the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation (FSA) to create a fleet of suborbital spaceflight vehicles (the Space Adventures Explorer) for global commercial use.

Ansari trained as a backup for Daisuke Enomoto for a Soyuz flight to the International Space Station, through Space Adventures, Ltd. On 21 August 2006, Enomoto was medically disqualified from flying the Soyuz TMA-9 mission that was due to launch the following month. The next day Ansari was elevated to the prime crew. Asked what she hoped to achieve on her spaceflight, Ansari said, “I hope to inspire everyone—especially young people, women, and young girls all over the world, and in Middle Eastern countries that do not provide women with the same opportunities as men—to not give up their dreams and to pursue them…It may seem impossible to them at times. But I believe they can realize their dreams if they keep it in their hearts, nurture it, and look for opportunities and make those opportunities happen.” On 18 September 2006, the spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, en route to the International Space Station (ISS), with Ansari becoming only the fourth (and first female) space tourist. Her contract forbids disclosure of the amount paid, but previous space tourists have paid in excess of US$20 million.

Source: Wikipedia, Anousheh Ansari Space Blog

Tags: anousheh ansari, NASA, space explorer, space, science, technology, news, space tourist, female

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~ by Hope on September 27, 2006.

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