Monday, September 18, 2006

Ansari Space Blog

The trail turns suddenly upward as a rocket launched Anousheh Ansari into orbit today about a Russian vessel headed for the International Space Station. The story caught my eye for several reasons.
  • A woman in space is not an everyday occurrence.
  • The woman is American but was born in Iran.
  • She left Iran at 14 knowing only a few English words from the song "My Favorite Things" from the Sound of Music.
  • She got her degree in electrical engineering.
  • She founded a start up that made her a millionaire.
  • She helped to fund the X Prize.
  • She has a blog.
We are not likely to hear too much about this because of her Iranian connections.
It is a shame because here is one women accomplishing so much.

"Through my space flight I like to increase the awareness about space exploration. During my Soyuz flight to the International Space Station, I will try to capture and communicate every aspect of my flight experience to the public. One of the key tools I will use to share what I see and feel with the world will be through a daily Space Blog. I am very pleased that the X PRIZE Foundation will be hosting this blog at My hope is that everyone from around the world who has ever wondered how it feels to fly to space would visit the X PRIZE site to learn what its like to fly into orbit."

Anousheh Ansari

I wish you a safe journey!
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1 comment:

KaneCitizen said...

We are not likely to hear too much about this because of her Iranian connections.

I disagree! My guess is that as soon as everyone is sure that she gets back in one piece, that she will quickly become the subject of a whole bunch of biographies for kids.