Anousheh Ansari Space Blog

September 23, 2006

Following Anousheh

Filed under: Personal Spaceflight — by Peter @ 7:28 pm

Thank you to everyone reading this blog and taking the time to share your thoughts and enthusiasm.

I guess I’m just like you are… excited, happy and inspired by Anousheh’s trip… and ready to go someday myself. The really cool thing about Anousheh’s flight and this blog is that she is one of us! A person with a dream! Whether you’re a young girl, a mom, an engineer, American, Iranian, from Dallas or just a dreamer… you can imagine taking this flight into space someday.

In the early days of the space program it was really the “fighter jock”… the person with the right stuff, who trained for a decade for a chance to fly, the person with a few PhDs in math and physics, or the test pilot…

But it doesn’t need to be that way. The same way that millions of people can explore the oceans, mountains or the rain forests, it’s time to make it possible to allow the general public to explore space. That’s what X PRIZE is all about. That’s why Space Adventures was created. That’s what Anousheh is doing… paving the path for many, eventually thousands, to follow in her footsteps.

There can be no doubt that it will happen, it’s only a matter of when. Humans have always explored — it is in our genes. When we find a new frontier, a few pioneers travel first… then the masses follow. Whether it was the European travels to the Americas, or the American Colonists opening the West… dreams, pioneers and eventually families followed. Space is no exception.

It is during our lifetimes that we will irreversibly open space for humanity. After all, everything that we hold of value on Earth… metals, minerals, real estate, and energy are in infinite quantities in space. I like to say that the Earth is a “crumb” in a supermarket filled with resources. The first Trillionaires will be made in space, but most importantly the resources to help humanity grow without destroying this precious planet we live on will be made available.

In reality, the greatest benefits for exploring space are not yet known… how could they be? To borrow from Sir Arthur C. Clarke, to try to pre-judge what we will discover in space is like asking the first colony of lungfish crawling onto land to predict fire. Fire is one of the most important technologies ever, but something totally unknown to the underwater dwellers.

What will be the equivalent of fire that humanity will discover as we travel toward the stars?

-Peter H. Diamandis (Chairman, X PRIZE)

44 Comments

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more, Peter! Throughout history there has been a progression in frontier exploration: the first to explore are the brilliant, the unique, the people with, as you say, “the right stuff.” After they have blazed the trail, the rich follow and, once enough of those people have gone and the cost comes down, the way is opened to those of us with normal jobs and normal paychecks. Anousheh is playing a vital role in this progression and thanks to her and others like her, one day we will all be able to follow in her footsteps, just like many of us followed in those of Columbus and all the other explorers who made it to the New World.

    Keep blogging and keep inspiring, Anousheh (and Peter too!), it literally means the world to us.

    Matt

    Comment by Matt — September 23, 2006 @ 7:48 pm

  2. Good comments. I like the last part. We can’t imagine the benefits from space before humanity really experience it.
    For the time being, even if a huge amount of resources are available in space, the cost of reaching these resources doesn’t make the venture worth it. Then, we have the problem of travelling and working in an hostile environment where expensive life-support systems are necessary…
    My comments may sound negative but i don’t intend to be. I’m just thinking there is still a long way to go before we are in the space age.

    Comment by Sailom — September 23, 2006 @ 8:03 pm

  3. Space… The final frontier. These are the voyages of Anousheh Ansari. Her mission: to explore strange, new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go were no (wo)man has gone before!
    🙂 Rene.

    Comment by Rene Marinus — September 23, 2006 @ 8:10 pm

  4. سلام به خانم انوشه انصاري.در كمال غرور اين افتخار رو بهتون تبريك ميگم.من يك دختر 22 ساله ساكن اهوازـايران هستم.مسلما شما ميتونيد يكي از بهترين الگوهاي يك زن موفق باشيد.و تمام افتخار ما به ايراني بودن شماست.از طرف تمام دختران علاقه مند به شما در ايران خواهشمندم خودتون رو بيشتر براي ما معرفي كنيد.يك سوال هم داشتم.پدر شما در شهر مسجدسليمان رياست شركت نفت را به عهده نداشتند؟
    با كمال تشكر.

    [Hi Ms Ansari, congratulation. you are a role model and we are proud because you are an Iranian.Please introduce yourself more. And a question: did your father work in Masjed-Soleyman for Oil Company? thank you]

    Comment by marzieh — September 23, 2006 @ 8:15 pm

  5. salam anousheye aziz
    webloge to ra khandam, nemidanam aan bala vagt khahi kard ke in comment ra bekhani ya na?
    be har hal ey kash zamini ke ma dar aan hastim be gofteye to zamini aram va bedune jang o marz bud.
    shayad to dar aan bala be khoda nazdik tar bashi.
    pas baraye hameye ensanha va makhsusan baraye Iran va Iraniha doa kon, shayad sedayat ra beshnavad.
    agar vagt kardi webloge mara ham bekhan va agar baz ham vagt kardi commenti ham baraye man begzar!!??
    salem o shad o piruz bashi
    Dustdare to va movafagiat hayat: Hamed az Tabriz

    [Hi dear Anousheh, I read your blogs. I don’t know if you have time to read this comment or not. Anyway, I wish our Earth was in peace and there was no war. Maybe up there, you are closer to God. So please pray for everybody especially for Iran and Iranians.Maybe God hears you. If you have time please read my weblog and write me a comment. wish you health and success. your fan, Hamed from Tabriz]

    Comment by hamed rad — September 23, 2006 @ 8:17 pm

  6. Kvinnlig rymdturist bloggar

    Anousheh Ansari, världens första kvinnliga rymdturist, har en egen blogg.
    Via Netaorama.

    Trackback by smidigt.se — September 23, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

  7. MRS.ANSARI
    GOOD MORNING OR GOOD NIGHT I DO NOT KNOW WHICH ONE IS APPLICABLE THERE NOW IN THE SPACE
    BUT EVERY SECOND AND MOMENT ARE GOOD FOR YOU, YOU ARE ONE OF THE EXCELLENT HUMAN I HAVE KNOWN YET,THE MESSAGE YOU SENT TO ALL OVER
    THE WORLD IS VERY VALUABLE, FOR THOSE LIKE ME IS A MARVEL
    AGAIN I PRODE OF YOU AS AN IRANIAN,

    Comment by ALI IRANI — September 23, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

  8. };- سلام انوشه جان . امیدوارم که سفر موفقیت آمیزی داشته باشی و الان که در فضا هستی و از زمین دور مطمئنا احساسی وصف ناشدنی داری خیلی دوست دارم بدونم الان چه احساسی نسبت به خدا داری باید بینهایت نگاه زیبا یی ادم پیدا کنه حسی که ادم همه افریده ها را تقریبا به طور یکجا میبینه و خدا را. خیلی جالبه مثل مرز بین بودن و نبودن و جالب اینجاست که ما ادمها هستیم که این جای خالی را پر میکنیم و چه بهتر کسانی باشند که بتوانند معنای جدید از حیات و بودن و امید را در بقیه زنده کنند امیدی و حیاتی قدرتمند و زیبا همراه با عشق ورزیدن به همه ادم ها و هر انچه متعلق به خداست دست یافتن به ارزوها برای همه شیرین خواهد بود اما دست یافتن به ارزویی که باعث بشه به تمام ادم ها کمک کرد و هدفی والاتر و بالاتر را در خود داشته باشد مطمئنا در نظر هر کسی از هر فرهنگ و هر کشور و هر مذهبی قابل تحسین و تقدیری شایسته خواهد بود . و باید بگم که حرکت و عمل شما در سطح عالی انجام شده و امیدوارم این پیشرفت ها در همه ادم های ازاد اندیش تاثیر گذاشته و به عنوان سراغازی نو برای پایان های کوچک گذشته باشد. از اين كه يك بانوي ايراني تونست مرز ها و محدوديت ها رو در هم بشكنه
    و به جايي فراتر از ديد آدم هاي زميني سفر كنه بينهايت خوشحالم .اي كاش همه ي ما يا حد اقل همه ي اون هايي كه ميخوان و تلاش ميكنن بتونن به عمق رويا هاشون سفر كنن..شجاعتت و خطر كردنت و قدرتت براي حفظ رويایت رو تحسين ميكنم
    دوستت دارم به دليلي فراتر از هم وطن بودن كه به خاطر نمادينه شدن تو براي عاشق بودن و رسيدن. از خدااروزیی سلامتی برای شما و تمام همراهانتون را در فضا و در زمین میکنم امیدوارم که خداوند همراه شما باشد. سعیده و عادل

    Comment by saeideh & adel — September 23, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

  9. Dear Peter

    Have a trip to Iran and forget about all the rubbish u see on CNN and FOX, I bet u will be impressed by Iranian hospitality especially towards American.

    God bless

    Hooman

    Comment by Hooman — September 23, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

  10. salam
    khob hal mikoni on bala ha
    mofagh bashi va movazebe khodet bash
    man mondam chetori az on bala u post midi baraye weblog?

    [ Hi, you’re having lots of fun! good luck and take care of yourself. I’m wondering how you can write from there?]

    Comment by amin — September 23, 2006 @ 8:39 pm

  11. Excellent question, Peter: “What will be the equivalent of fire that humanity will discover as we travel toward the stars?”
    It pulls me out, makes me wonder, and sends lovely chills up my spine!

    ~ Alex

    Comment by Alexander M Zoltai — September 23, 2006 @ 9:17 pm

  12. salam be shoma bozorg banoye iran zamin
    omidvaram dar safar khod movafag vapiroz bashid
    man ham mesle bagiyeye iraniha beshoma eftekhar mikonam
    (.) (.)
    ..
    —-

    [ Greetings to you; wonderful Iranian lady! wish you a good trip. Like all Iranians I’m very proud of you]

    Comment by mahyar — September 23, 2006 @ 9:39 pm

  13. باسلام
    خانم انوشه انصاری امیدوارم در راهی که در پیش دارید
    با سلامت و موفقیت به پایان برسانید.ماهم از ایران دعایتان میکنیم
    با تشگر از توجه شما که وقت با ارزشتان را برای خاندن این پیام
    گزاشتید
    Mr mahyar from Iran-arak

    Comment by mahyar — September 23, 2006 @ 9:51 pm

  14. سلامare you having a good time in spsce?
    يه روزايي پرواز كردن تو آسمون يه رويا بود كه تو فيلما وكتابها ديده مي شد اما برادران رايت اون رويارو به واقعيت تبديل كردن حالا شما داريد رويايه زندگي در فضا و هتلهاي فضاي رو به واقعيت تبديل ميكنيد من مطمئن هستم به اميد خدا موفق مي شويد در فضا وجود خدا رو بيشتر احساس ميكنيد
    isnt it?

    Comment by zohreh — September 23, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

  15. “What will be the equivalent of fire…stars?”
    Easy, Extraterrestrial fire ?🙂
    I mean, the first extraterrestrial civilization, maybe.

    Comment by Behrouz — September 23, 2006 @ 11:04 pm

  16. God bless you Anousheh, and all the ISS team !
    Greatings from Venezuela

    Comment by Alirio Serna — September 23, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

  17. About that analogy …. fish still don’t use fire. 😉

    Comment by spacefaring — September 23, 2006 @ 11:54 pm

  18. THERE IS DIVINE BEAUTY IN LEARNING, JUST AS THERE IS HUMAN BEAUTY IN TOLERANCE.
    TO LEARN MEANS TO ACCEPT THE POSTULATE THAT LIFE DID NOT BEGIN AT MY BIRTH. OTHERS HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE ME, AND I WALK IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS.
    THE BOOKS I HAVE READ
    WERE COMPOSED BY GENERATIONS OF FATHERS AND SONS, MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS, TEACHERS AND DISCIPLES.
    I AM THE SUM TOTAL OF THEIR EXPERIENCES, THEIR QUESTS. AND SO ARE YOU!!!

    Comment by Tirdad Daei — September 24, 2006 @ 12:54 am

  19. Hi Anoushe jan,
    How do you think this will effect your life after return to earth.
    Take care,
    Thinking of you

    Comment by Farah — September 24, 2006 @ 3:10 am

  20. Ms. Ansari,

    I’m sure the new experiences would be great and everlasting for you. Hope you will come to Iran some day to share some of them with Iranians.

    Everyone is proud of you in Iran. Continue the good job.

    Kindest Regards,
    Amir

    Comment by Amir — September 24, 2006 @ 4:35 am

  21. MRS ANSARI
    SALAM
    DEAR MRS. ANSARI, IT IS INCONCEIVABLE FOR ME, ONE CAN EXPLORE THE SPACE BEFORE EXPLORE ITSELF,I AM SURE YOU ARE NOT EXEPTIONAL FROM THIS MY TRUST, ISNOT IT?

    FOR MANY EXPLORING THE SPACE IS NOT NECESSARY, BUT EXPLORING ITS ORBIT LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT ARE DESIRED.

    Comment by ALI TOHIDI — September 24, 2006 @ 4:41 am

  22. I’m an old man and have traveled all over this world, been across every ocean and sea and would do it all over again if I had the time and the money.

    But, now I’m charged with and loving it, the care and raising of my Sweet Sarah, who is now 5 1/2 yo. She loves anything to do with airplanes, helicopters, spaceships and has watched Stargate and other Sci Fi with me since she was a baby. I just know in my heart that she will someday go into space and it will be the pinicle of her life long dreams.

    It will be our children and grandchildren’s adventure. Who knows what great things they will accomplish?

    Papa Ray
    West Texas
    USA

    Comment by Papa Ray — September 24, 2006 @ 6:19 am

  23. انوشه عزیز،به عنوان یک زن ایرانی از موفقیت های تو نه تنها در رفتن به فضابلکه درلگوی یک زن موفق بودن احساس بسیار خوبی دارم.برای تو و خانواده ات آرزوی سعادت و سلامت دارم.سحر

    Comment by sahar B orouman — September 24, 2006 @ 6:44 am

  24. You forgot about all the $$$$$$$ we got to have to do this. But it was a nice story.

    Comment by Mikael — September 24, 2006 @ 7:22 am

  25. انوشه جان
    اي محبوب ما ايراني ها
    اي متحول كننده قلبهاي ما ايرانيها
    من از روزي كه خبر رفتن شما به فضا رو شنيدم دلم با يك هيجان خاصي ميزند
    از خوشحالي و سرور
    هميشه دعايت ميكنم
    موفق باشي

    Comment by hassan — September 24, 2006 @ 8:11 am

  26. The first astronauts were test pilot jockeys. With the exception om Schmidt, as I recall, there were no scientists until later.

    Now certain highly trained and approved individuals can be astronauts, as well as those who can pre-qualify by putting up the requisite milllions neccesary to do the training and try to hitch a ride on up.

    No thing is inevitable when it comes to humanity’s flight to the stars, much less any given individual’s potential to reach them.

    The potential is there. But what about the challenges in the form of technological/ecospheric destruction of our only habitat, this earth?

    Just making it thru the next century and a half will require a dedicated and common effort of the gathered nations of earth.

    How can we make this posssible? All around us we see that most economic/political energy goes to the pursuit of greedily insane hegomonic ideologies.

    The way to the stars requires more than blood sweat and tears, but also peace on earth.

    Have a nice trip Ms. Ansari.

    Muumin

    Comment by muumin — September 24, 2006 @ 10:10 am

  27. خانم انصاري شما نيز مانند هزاران جوان شجاع و دانشمند ايراني مايه افتخار ايران و ايرانيان هستيد . چه آن عزيزاني كه در دوران سخت جنگ از اين آب و خاك دفاع كردند و چه آن سخت كوشاني كه در جبهه دانش افتخار مي آفرينند
    افتخار آفرينيتان هميشگي باد
    با آرزوي سلامتي شما
    صادق_همدان

    Comment by sadegh — September 24, 2006 @ 10:41 am

  28. Bonjour de la terre à la fille des cieux.Nous irons tous vers la même destination: la terre mais, il ne faut pas oublier d’où on vient.Gardes toujours ce sourire éclatant et communicatif.Merci pour ce que tu fais et bonne continuation.
    Bon baisers de Paris et bonne chance.Réza

    Comment by réza — September 24, 2006 @ 11:16 am

  29. salam khanume ansarie aziz.omidavaram haletun khub bashe.2bare manam.fekr konam dige az daste man khaste shode bashid.khube in ro bedunid ke:
    un zaman ke reza zadeh vaznehe be un sangini ro ruie saresh bord va ghahremane donya shod,be khodam va keshvaram eftekhar kardam va khoda ro shokr kardam ke irani hastam.
    un zamani ke bache haie ma dar olampiade jahani magham avordan kheili khosh hal shoda va be khodam balidam va be khodam goftam,bebin inha irani hastan.baz ham khoda ro shokr kardam.
    vali in bar fargh dasht.in bar ke shoma be faza raftid be onvane avvalin irani,namaze shokr be ja avordam va be khodam goftam,bebin khoda che ghadr to ro dust dare ke to ro irani afardie.bebin khoda che ghadr to ro dust dare ke khanume anousheh ansari ro be to moarefi karde ka azash olgu begiri va zendegito bar asase gofte haie un besazi.
    afarin khanume ansari.afarin,afarin…
    omidavaram ta hala har chi baratun peigham dadam ro khunde bashid,bedunid ke az samime ghalb baratun doaa mikonam va baratun arezuie movaffaghiat daram.omidvaram man ro az nasihat ha va darshaei ke dar zendegitun gereftid mahrum nakonid.
    kuchike shoma MJM

    Comment by M.Javad Mohiti — September 24, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

  30. !سلام به تو بانوی شجاع
    شما با این کارتان شخصیتی دوباره وباوری غیر قابل توصیف به زنان ودختران جوان ایرانی دادید.من بعنوان یک زن ایرانی کار شما را میستایم.موفق باشید
    شعله از تهران

    Comment by sholeh — September 24, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

  31. (We will be very thankful if somebody forwards this message to Mrs. Ansari, A.S.A.P please)

    Dear Mrs. Ansari,
    Thanks a lot for your kind attention to the amateur radio operators of Iran and the nice QSO we had on sep. 24 by ARISS.
    As you had desired, we have arranged a group of students of to come here tomorrow for a talk with you. We will video cam the whole talk so we can show it in schools to all the other students who can’t manage to be here tomorrow.On Monday, Sept. 25, we will be ready to contact you from 07:15 to 07:25 UTC and from 08:50 to 09:00 UTC.
    Also in our talk tomorrow, we’d appreciate it if you would give all the Iranian students a message on improving in space sciences.
    Same as today, we will call RS0ISS at 144.490 MHz (Region 3 uplink) and we’ll try to hear you at 145.800 MHz (Worldwide downlink).
    We hope to hear you again from ISS.
    Thanks in advance.
    73 de EP3RF

    Comment by Reza Soleimani nia — September 24, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

  32. That little dot of our planet in the vastness of the universe is us. It’s everything we know. It’s everything we love. It’s everything we hate. It’s the home of humanity, a pale blue speck in the vastness of space. It’s pretty dinky when you think about it. It would be great if we all could just get along in this world.

    Comment by Russ — September 24, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

  33. merci.faghat bayad goft eftekhar eftekhar ,eftekhary ke hargez faramosh nakhahad shod.merci

    Comment by Farzad parvizi — September 24, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

  34. Me & my wife were happy when hear your success trip into space.This is a great and everlasting time for Iranian peoples.We are proude you.I hope someday I can be success as same you. Be happy in sky

    Comment by Alireza & Leila — September 24, 2006 @ 9:29 pm

  35. Very nice topic, thanks.
    Same as you I am sure that sometime human could find the value of space and also other planets and they will travel there and when they are looking at past they will laugh at our dreams, like what we did by looking at decades.

    Humans have mysterious power for discovering everything. Some like Mrs. Ansari they are so curious about discovering space and some here they love to find out how human brains works…
    We have too much to discover.

    I love to know that after discovering all these important issues and far away planets what will be happen, could we find the key answers of existence!

    Sotoodeh
    Iran

    Comment by sotoodeh — September 25, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

  36. I am Just Not Myself Anymore!

    Mrs. Ansari
    You Made our Day!
    Believe it or Not
    I Love You
    I love “Hamee” too
    You are an exceptional Couple!
    I am proud!

    Comment by Bijan Fard — September 25, 2006 @ 6:00 pm

  37. love you, wish you the best.

    Comment by gelareh — September 26, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

  38. Yes Peter, I totally agree with you. We wish for that day.
    By the way, we really feel that Anousheh is one of us, because of her character; she is a superhuman…

    Comment by Shahram — September 26, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

  39. سلام خانم انصاري
    اميدوارم سالم پيش خانوادتون برگردين.
    ما ايرانيها به وجود شما افتخار مي كنيم

    Comment by maryam — September 26, 2006 @ 9:12 pm

  40. dear mrs ansari. It is a previlage to write to you and express my deepest emostions for you and for what you accomlished.I bacame teary eyed when i heard you are carrying an iranian flag along while in space.I am proud to know that you never fogot where you came from.It sends a big message to all those so called big shots who have fogotten the mother land.keep the name of iran as high as the space itself.We iranians can do anything we want to. We just have to dream.I love you from the bottom of my heart.KEEP THE DREAMS AND HOPES OF ALL LITTLE GIRLS ALIVE………

    Comment by keramat — September 27, 2006 @ 7:34 pm

  41. SALAM

    BA AREZOY RASIDAN BE HARCHEH BISHTAR ROYAHAYE ENSANI VA JALEB VA
    KHEYR KHAHANEH AT.
    BISHAK NAME ZIBAY TO BARAY HAMISHEH BE AONVANE KASIKEH RAH FAZA RA BASHOJAATE ALEMANEH BARAY TOURISTHA BAZ KARD DAR TARIKH BASHARIYAT MANDEGHAR KHAHAD MAND KEH IN EFTEKHAR BOZORGI BARAYE IRANIAN VA MOSALMANAN HAST VA KHAHAD BOUD
    BA AREZOUYE FOROTANI{NOGHTEH ZAAFE IRANIHA DAR OOOJE MOFFAGHIYT} VA ETTESAL BEH RISMANE ELAHI VA AKHER AGHEBAT BEH KHIRI

    Comment by سعد — September 27, 2006 @ 8:43 pm

  42. A poem for a class at Mass College of Art
    dedicated to Anousheh, September 18, 2006

    Artemis
    (Steelyard Weight, Greek or Roman, 100BC to 50AD)

    This is my new talisman
    verdigris, moonstruck,
    lover of the wilderness
    pockmarked, extruded,
    corroded, overlooked

    Except by eyes that see within
    that look beyond.

    She tossed Orion to the stars,
    her arc of neck, trajectory.
    She streaks there now.

    Comment by susan czernicka — September 28, 2006 @ 3:38 am

  43. Salaam Anoushe khanoom,

    man Sammira hastam. I am 9 years old. I love studying about space. My dad is from Iran and he is an Aerospace Engineer. I’m always fascinated by the differences of life on earth and in space. What was the most exciting moment when you left Earth? Did you get scared and homesick? When you were a little girl did any of your thoughts about space come near to what you have experienced now? What is it that you will treasure a lot from your experience aside from experiencing weightlessness? Were you able to sleep the first night? Did you get confused with telling the time? Will you please answer my email so I can share it with my classmates? Thank you.

    Movazeb bash! Shab bekhayr, khabhayeh khosh bebini. Khodahafez.

    love,

    Sammira Rais-Rohani
    Fourth Grade
    Ward-Stewart Elementary School
    Starkville, Mississippi

    Comment by Sammira Rais-Rohani — September 29, 2006 @ 1:46 am

  44. The only difference between space colonization and the colonization of the americas is that this time the slaves are rockets and computers and there are no natives to slaughter. Finally, human endeavor without bloodshed!

    Comment by Joe — September 30, 2006 @ 1:52 am


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