Anousheh Ansari Space Blog

September 27, 2006

Thank God for Velcro

Filed under: Space Explorer — by Anousheh @ 4:48 pm

Being in weightlessness has its wonderful advantages…

You can lift a 500 lb block with one hand and move it around with one finger… You can fly and float around instead of walking… you can do somersaults at any age… and you can play with your food.

As I have said before, everything is effortless. If you want to move forward you slightly touch a wall or any other solid object with one finger and you start moving in the opposite direction of the force you applied. People are blocking your way in the hallway, no worries, you flip to the ceiling and just like Spiderman crawl the ceiling over their head using the bar handles on the walls (of course you cannot crawl but it looks like you are crawling).

You forgot your book at the other side of the module, no problem… you ask someone close to it to send it to you … that means they pick it up and very gently push it toward you, and here it is… your book flying to you all the way from the other side. Your friend is having a candy and you ask if you can have some, so he gently throws a piece your way and it comes flying into your open mouth… (Kids please don’t try any of these in Gravity🙂 )

In space it is okay to play with your food. The astronauts and cosmonauts all do. The cheese puffs are not put into the mouth by hand, they are slightly jolted out of the container and flown to your mouth. When you open a bag of soft food like yogurt or soup, if you are not really really careful, small yogurt bubbles or soup bubbles start floating around and then you can catch them with your spoon. But if you try to catch them too fast, one bubble hits your spoon and becomes 10 smaller bubbles and now you have to catch ten of them!

I truly enjoy weightlessness… You feel like a free spirit. I remember when I was very young, for a long period of time I had this constant dream that, to the amazement of my family, I was floating from one room to the next in our house and I was amazed at my ability to do that. Of course, in my dream, I was expert at it and I was able to float around with my will power and not by touching things around me.

In reality though, I’m a rookie… I fly around hitting walls and dislodging things. The first few days I would push against a wall too hard and end up flying too fast to the other wall, not being able to stop and BANG! I would hit the other wall and bounce back toward where I started from… Recently, however, I was complimented on how professionally I fly! It was very flattering🙂

I guess the closest thing to moving in weightlessness is floating in water. But there is a major difference. In water when you move your arms and legs, you move… in here you can move your arms and legs all you want, but you are not going anywhere. The only thing that can help you move is the gentle air flow from the fans…

The guys up here wanted to show me how this concept works so they put me in the middle of the Node, which is one of the American Modules, and I couldn’t reach anything to push myself… so I was just floating in the middle of the Node and no matter how much I moved myself I did not go anywhere. They were all laughing at me and finally the gentle breeze from the fan slowly got me close to a handle on the ceiling and I was able to free myself🙂

So now keeping this in mind, today when you are working, imagine there is no gravity so not only are you floating, everything around you is floating too. Can you imagine that? You are sitting at your computer typing…. well… you can’t sit because nothing will keep you in your seat, unless you strap yourself down to a chair that is bolted to the floor… So since you cannot sit, let’s stand… well, you cannot stand still either because every key stroke pushes you further form the keyboard.

So what do people do in space when they want to stay in one place and do something? They use their feet to secure themselves. They stick their feet under these bars that are all over the place or find something to anchor their feet. That is why, the first day I arrived on the station, Pasha gave me these soft Eskimo lamb skin boots… I didn’t know why and did not wear them. Then at night when I went to bed, I noticed that the top of my feet had small bruises and hurt a little. In space you learn to use your toes well. I don’t think I ever paid any attention to them on Earth, but up here, your big toe is a powerful tool to hold you in place.

So let’s continue working… You want to read something from a book so you put the book on the table, butl it doesn’t stay… You put your soda pop bottle on top of it to keep it down, now you have the book flying with your pop bottle, so you hold it down with one hand but now the bottle is flying, so you quickly grab the bottle with the other hand, and then the phone rings… You put the book on the table to pickup the handset and as soon as you do that the book starts flying again and you try to control the handset but now it’s floating away…

You get the picture… So God invented Velcro for this very purpose… to keep things in place in weightlessness. Everything here has Velcro attached to it…even your pants have Velcro strips. I thought things could be secured if I put them in my pockets and closed the zipper. Well they are secured until you open the zipper and take one out… here comes the other small items flying out.. Shhhh! don’t tell anyone up here but I’ve lost a few little things already, like my lip-gloss 😉

So basically everything you own should have Velcro attached to it. There are bags of Velcro strips with different shapes and colors up here and they are used all over the place. You just have to remember that if you let anything go, it does not stay in the same place and that makes performing tasks a little more challenging up here.

All in all though, it is a wonderful feeling to float… and my biggest challenge before I leave is to see how long I can stay floating in one place without hitting anything. You have to stand still and not exert any force on any thing. So far I can only do 25 seconds before I’m carried away…

It’s time for me to go savor the last few days onboard…

Til’ later…

203 Comments

  1. Wow..your description is very vivid😉..it just feels we are on a space station along with you …keep blogging from above..

    Velcro seems a godsend for space tourists ..are you able to good sleep up there ?

    Comment by Sidcruise — September 27, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

  2. Anoushe joon,
    Love to read your memos!!! U r so cute and pleasant. U sound like u r so KHAKI, don’t ever change.
    Peace on Earth.

    Comment by shideh — September 27, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  3. Dear Anousheh,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with my students and me. It has been a wonderful experience for all of us!

    Best wishes,

    Matt Severin–N8MS
    Earth & Space Science teacher
    Coloma Junior High School

    Comment by MATT--N8MS — September 27, 2006 @ 5:10 pm

  4. It sounds like you’re having a wonderful time. Give us a wave when you pass over Wales in the UK🙂

    Comment by Gareth Slee — September 27, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

  5. Hi Anousheh
    It is so amazing to read your posts. You know when I was a little girl I used to dream this way.
    Infact I dream it now too in my thirtees. When I am sleeping in night I dream that I am flying / or going up to the ceiling of my bedroom and I can not come down by myself. I think I feel the weightlessness in my dream.

    I can truly understand how you feel.

    Enjoy your stay up there..

    Geeta Sawant
    Colorado

    Comment by Geeta Sawant — September 27, 2006 @ 5:18 pm

  6. I’ve tried thinking about weightlessness over here, and I got dizzy.

    Funny, I always have that dream now, and it’s recurring. There were times when I’d just float up and hit the ceiling. Or worse be in an open field and just float up and up and up. Recently, I’ve been able to control my flight better. Maybe this means that I will also be in space one day😉

    Joey, Philippines

    Comment by joey — September 27, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

  7. Hi Anousheh,
    It remembers me Captain Haddock in Tintin’s book Explorers to the Moon, unable to drink his dear whisky out of his glass because of the weightlessness…
    Weightlessness was so amazing for us when we where young readers of Tintin… And still is it.
    An you have experienced it!
    Great experience, thank to share it with us…
    All the best
    Pierre

    Comment by Pierre from Venice — September 27, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

  8. amazing experience – i’m so glad that you are getting to enjoy this. thanks for recording your thoughts about this – have fun for the rest of your time!

    Comment by mandaloo — September 27, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

  9. salam Dear Anoosheh

    hope you are doing fine. maybe you can not even imagine how great it is for me to read your blog, and how good you share your feelings. i found you weblog address today and i’ve been reading it till early in the morning and ignored all my classes.
    all my roommates have seen me so motivated today.i’ve learned lots of things from ya, learned how to live my dreams and how to make’em come true. i do not know wheather u reply the comments or not, but if you do it for me, it would be the greatest email i’ve ever recieved. and finally one resuest,…please pray up there. pray for the peace of the world. for happiness of all the people no matter where they live.

    I hope ya great great moments.

    take care

    vahid

    Comment by Vahid — September 27, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

  10. Weightlessness, floating, all very fascinating indeed.

    Comment by Sathya — September 27, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

  11. hello anousheh, i am from argentina and i am very poor. i need 1 million dollar pleaseeeeee

    Comment by federico — September 27, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

  12. Hi Anousha,
    You are really giving us a clear image of up there.
    Great job Anousha.Thank you again. I am looking forward to know about your trip back to earth. Have a great time in space and enjoy as much as you can.
    Cheers!

    Comment by Shahram — September 27, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

  13. hi anou, i need some of your money, like a millon, do you think?.. ok thanks for the help… ahh i like the space too

    Comment by elchico — September 27, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

  14. سلام.
    هر بار که نوشته هاتونو میخونم خیلی هیجان زده میشم.
    فقط میتونم بگم خوش به حالتون.
    لطفا عکس های بیشتری تو سایتتون بزارین.
    خوشحال میشیم بعد از بازگشتتون شما رو تو ایران ببینیم

    Comment by zahra — September 27, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

  15. I love the vivid descriptions you have posted, makes me feel as though I am there experiencing your gravity-free environment. Mashallah your accomplishments make us proud. Pray for world peace while you’re up there it’s probably a local call, rather than a long distance one😉.

    Comment by Safiah — September 27, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

  16. salam khanom ansari
    ye bar ke delam gerefte bood chand khatti dar morede ehsasatam baratoon neveshtam vali sabt nashod
    ta hala tamame gozarhaye ghabele royatetoon ro shahed boodam va baratoon doa kardam.man az bachegi asheghe asemoon boodam vali be ellate vaziate bad mali tasmim geteftam felan dar mohandesi mechanic edame tahsil bedam ta ba oon poole kafi baraye tahsile rahat dar ye daneshgahe khoob donya ro (dar zamine nojum) be dast biaram .khahesh mikonam baram doa konid va age ye zamani vaght kardid mano az nazaratetoon baraye residane be hadafam binasib nazarin.omidvaram hameshe shad va pirooz bashid

    Comment by hasan — September 27, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

  17. Hi Anousheh,

    Seems to me you’re having the time of your life!😉
    It looks all so easy when you see those cosmonauts and astronauts move on tv, but of course it’s not. I’m taking great joy in reading your stories. I wanted to look up to see ISS when it passed over Holland, but unfortunately it is clouded here the last three days.

    Make the most of your last day in space, and have a safe return to Planet Earth. Hope to hear from you again somewhere!

    All best whishes,
    Rene – signing off.

    Comment by Rene Marinus — September 27, 2006 @ 5:28 pm

  18. Dear Anusheh,

    You are doing an amazing job with this blog! I’ve been involved with the theme of manned spaceflight as a hobby (passion?) for more than 25 years, read a lot of books, saw Shuttle’s and Soyuzi take off, spoken to numerous astronauts and cosmonauts. But only reading your blog entries do I really get a taste of what it is like to be in space. Your honousty and attention to small details paint a very lively picture of live in weightlessness. I never came accross this in anyone else’s stories about space. You are turning out to be TRUE Space Ambassador and I hope you will be able to continue sharing your space adventure long after your return from orbit. It would be a true inspiration to meet you if your travels take you to Europe some day.
    Enjoy your remaining time on orbit Anousheh! Have a safe landing and may your god be with you.
    Best wishes,
    Luc van den Abeelen
    Netherlands

    Comment by Luc van den Abeelen — September 27, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

  19. Hello Anousheh, thank you for sharing your amazing experiences at space with others, it is really interesting to hear how the experience is from someone that is not a proffessional astronaut, so we can identify more with the experience. I think you may be already famous (I didn’t hear about you before), but surely you’ll become much more famous after this trip. Greetings from Argentina and God bless you, you seem to be a nice person.

    Comment by Javier — September 27, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  20. Hello Anousheh,

    I have been following your journey into space and the fullfillment of your dreams.

    In reading this blog i realize that you are touching many many people around the world in a very wonderful way. You have a specail noble way about you, like a messiah or a prophet and many people are hearing your message here on earth. With your smile and grace you are creating understanding amongts cultures and fostering PEACE ON EARTH!

    Comment by David Perlman — September 27, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

  21. Anousheh,

    I am so jealous, I wish I were up there right now learning how to use my big toe. It would be so much fun trying out all those things I learned in physics about action and reaction and rates of motion. Your blog postings have been the best for the Space Adventures experience, I imagine that what you have sent around the world has inspired countless people to aspire for spaceflight themselves. Flying in space has been my dream since I can remember but I lack the resources to go myself, so I have to live vicariously through your postings.🙂 What you have done in the last few years for the private space enterprise with the X-Prize and now flying yourself and inspiring people will have positive repercussions for years to come. Thank you again for sharing with us your great adventure and a special thanks for what you have done to help make spaceflight more accessible to everyone.

    Sincerely,

    David J. Hewitt
    Huntsville, Alabama, USA

    Comment by David J. Hewitt — September 27, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

  22. Dear Anousheh… we love your blog and have featured it on our BBC Radio show in the UK. We’d really like to talk to you on our Radio Show too, if you have the ability to make calls to the UK from up there we’d love to do a Radio interview with you. Let us know
    Stu

    Comment by Stu — September 27, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

  23. Anousheh,

    I used to suffer from motion sickness, and when I read of your time spent becoming adapted to space, my heart went out to you. And now you describe weightlessness with such joy, I can hardly wait to experience it myself some day!

    Comment by Robert van de Walle — September 27, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

  24. So interesting!

    and the typing problem:D, that’s why I love working on developing speech-based apps!😀

    Comment by Mehrdad — September 27, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

  25. Hi! Reading your blog was really wonderful, because of the lucid way it has been written in. It covered some really interesting facts about weightlessness in space in a fun way.

    But, weightlessness in space can be problematic if you are not close to something you can push or tug at, like when you were in the “Node”. However, there is one possible solution…maybe its a trifle ridiculous…but I would love to know if it works in space…its this: Would blowing air really hard get you moving? In that case, carrying small cans of compressed air would really help.

    Anyway, great going Anoushesh, happy holiday in space!

    Comment by Vinod Fredrick — September 27, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

  26. Hello Anousheh,

    I have been following your journey into space and the fulfillment of your dreams.

    In reading this blog I realize that you are touching many many people around the world in a very wonderful way. You have a special noble way about you, like a messiah or a prophet and many people are hearing your message here on earth. With your smile and grace you are creating understanding amongst cultures and fostering PEACE ON EARTH! Not only are you a planetary traveler, but you are also a planetary healer.

    May you continue safely on your special journey; and as they used to say on Star Trek, so shall you “Boldly go where no man has gone before.”

    Peace and Blessings,
    David Perlman

    Comment by David Perlman — September 27, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

  27. Dear Anousheh,

    I am so glad to hear that your journey has been as happy and delightful as you expected, or even better. I wish you a very safe landing back on earth. I also wish you a great prosperity, more achievements in life … you deserve it.

    Your old classmate,
    Fariba Harati

    Comment by Fariba Harati — September 27, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

  28. Anousheh,

    Your post highlights how much we take for granted in a one G environment. I cannot remember the last time I thought about my toes as a working digit. I suppose if I didn’t have a few, I’d walk with a distinct pattern to compensate.

    I read a book by John J. Nance called “Orbit”. His tale is compelling and remarkably similar to your Space Adventures experience.

    I don’t think most of the human race understand the amount of energy it takes to get a vessel moving at orbital speed. The equation to figure the amount of energy to get 1000 lbs in a LEO (low earth orbit) is not complex if you’ve had some physics classes.

    The reason I point this out is that the next phase of your adventure, the return to earth, is, well, dependent on Sir Issac Newton’s laws of mass, force, accelleration, time and a number of critical events all happening as planned. A shuttle astronaut (Bruce Melnick) once told me the amount of energy dissappated when returning to earth is equal to the amount of energy it took to get into orbit. The temperatures, g-forces, navigation, cabin pressurization, parachutes, descent rockets and recovery systems all must work in sequence.

    I suspect the highest rate of your breathing and pulse will be during the entry phase.

    Godspeed!

    Comment by Glen — September 27, 2006 @ 5:56 pm

  29. Hi Anousheh,

    That’s really interesting and velcro is an excellant idea!

    We really take gravity for granted…never realizing what it must be like without it. I’m sure it’s a lot of fun to figure out new ways of doing things.

    Thanks again for being so passionately informative! You are very special to so many.

    God bless you all!

    Pat Freeman
    West Chester, PA

    Comment by screamin75 — September 27, 2006 @ 5:58 pm

  30. Anousheh, I just heard you talking on the 2m Ham Frequency for a few seconds. I heard you long enough to say your name was ‘Anousheh’. It was at about 12:15 CST. I was just sitting out in my truck in the parking lot eating lunch. I had programmed the ISS international freq in a few months back but had heard very little but I heard you just as plain as ever. You said thanks to some HAM and gave a call sign and said this is Anousheh and then I waited and never heard another thing. I’m in Little Rock Arkansas. I thought it was pretty cool so I went to search for you on the internet and found this blog. It sounds like a lot of fun to be up there and I think it’s cool that you have put so much effort into fulfilling your dreams. My hat’s off to you!

    Thanks for blogging and letting us know what’s going on. I need to show this to my daughter who is 12 years old. She’d think it’s cool!

    God bless and protect you,

    Kenneth

    Comment by Ken Halsted — September 27, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

  31. What a great blog! You’re an inspiration for so many women on earth! It’s such a pleasure to read you up there that you inspired me to translate in french some of your words for those who can’t read english! I’m presently working on that translation project! Thank you very much for sharing all those little things of your daily life…

    Comment by Etolane — September 27, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

  32. Hi again Anousheh,

    Would there be any chance you might write a book with pictures describing the experiences you had? It would certainly be spectacular for all ages!

    Pat Freeman
    West Chester, PA

    Comment by screamin75 — September 27, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

  33. Following you up there ! . . . I still get this feeling of how it would be like if we had made the trip to the space and still want to share all the good things here on earth . . . it’s hard to describe because not only you have your experience of life time, but we also have the same chance to try it frome here on earth and hear it from someone who is more more like us, half Iranian, half . . . .! Wish you luck all the way . . .

    Comment by Bijan Fard — September 27, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

  34. Hi again Anousheh,

    Would there be any chance you would consider, maybe you already considered, writing a book with pictures describing the experiences you had? It would certainly be spectacular for all ages!

    Pat Freeman
    West Chester, PA

    Comment by screamin75 — September 27, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

  35. Anousheh,

    You sound SO very happy from space. It was such a pleasure to read your post today (Thank God for the internet!) I wish you a safe journey home and thank you for sharing your experience with us… it is truly amazing, as are you!

    Sarah
    Vancouver, bc, Canada
    xo

    Comment by Sarah AMaral — September 27, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

  36. Dear Anoushe jan

    I am really happy that you are sharing your invaluble experiences with us.

    Wish all the Best for U

    Comment by Hoda — September 27, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

  37. We love you!
    Wow! . .. . you say weighlessness! and here on earth . . . we are floating with you! . . I am serious!
    Almost most important people now on earth have sent you Congrats! . . . even the Dr. of our time Mr. Ahmadi N. . . . You are really making the headline news these days

    Comment by Bijan Fard — September 27, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

  38. Salam Anoushe khanoom,
    When I read your earlier blogs about how when you were younger at nights you would stay up, gaze at the stars and wonder what is up there.. I felt as if I was reading my own blog.
    I think its safe to say that everyone has wanted to know: what is the meaning of this universe, what/who’s up there, why are we here, how does it feel to be up there….a point in their life.

    I am (we all are) so proud of you to have followed your dream and I wish with all my heart the best on your last few hours in space and that you come back safe and sound. I hope to meet you someday. I hope I never give up, just like you.

    best wishes
    ~noushin
    I’ve met a few astronauts, they are always so down to earth and so nice, but no one ever talks about the little things in space; like washing your hair or the usefulness of velcro😀. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

    Comment by Noushin K — September 27, 2006 @ 6:23 pm

  39. Really interesting..I never did realise the value and worthiness of Velcro until you mention it!

    You stay safe..and happy floating😉

    Comment by Yasser Rahman — September 27, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

  40. Hey Anousheh,
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I am learning so many things from your blog and am amazed by the genius of the researchers who come up with creative solutions to function in space.

    I have a question…how do the objects move away from you in space (like in your book example) if things can’t get momentum on their own?

    I can’t wait to read your blog on re-entry to earth. I read a little bit about it and its one of the most complex manuvers and very scary. Good luck with every thing.

    Regards,
    Crys

    Comment by Crys — September 27, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

  41. Greetings from Barcelona, a little point in Spain; a little part of mother Earth; a little point rotating our Solar System; a little group of celestial objects which in turn rotates the centre of our Galaxy, the Milky Way; which in turn moves with other Galaxies in our Local Group of Galaxies; which in turn cluster in Clusters and Super Clusters of Galaxies…hundred thousand millions of stars in each of these Galaxies…we are just starting to explore…

    You guys, the astronauts, the Space Agencies and the aerospace companies and research institutions working with them, the people from Space Adventures and individuals like you, Anousheh, are paving the way for us. If humanity is still here in the far future, we better have learnt to live outside the Earth, whether it be in space stations or in other planets, because our Sun will eventually get extinguished in about 5.000 million years; it is now in the middle of its life, say it is a 45 years-person if the average life-span of a person would be 90 years. It is not fantasy, it is real astrophysics at work as we are observing lots of stars like our Sun out there in the Universe, undertaking this process.

    Thus, space exploration is about many things…It is about inherent human curiosity; it is about technology breakthroughs which find a lot of applications down in Earth (medicine; telecommunications; weather prediction; Earth observation and natural resources surveillance; new materials and medicines..); it is about new discoveries concerning the Universe and our place in it (how it all began; is our Sun unique or are there many more stars like ours; are there more planets with new moons, are they like the Earth; could there be microorganisms inhabiting other worlds; are the materials necessary for life a curiosity or is there plenty of them in the Universe…)…But space exploration is also about humankind survival.

    It is certainly very far in the future, so, who may wonder?…but those who like to think and consider things in perspective, those who like to take initiatives in things, may wonder.

    So these first steps we are taking in space are of paramount importance for all of us, and you are doing them for us. I am considering also here the people working down in Earth as I mentioned before (the engineers, the scientists, the ground controllers, etc…); and we also thank people like you, Anousheh, for giving us first-hand, so directly, so touching, your experiences about space, bringing to us a little piece of the Universe you are experiencing.

    Excellent, inspiring, and utterly amazing work done. We must keep going and I am sure there will be more of this in the near future.

    Gloria G-C.

    Comment by Gloria García-Cuadrado — September 27, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

  42. You are not only smart and beautiful, you have cute sense of humor🙂. I have your blog as my home page and my two sons (8 and 10 yrs) can’t wait to read your blog after school. thanks for what you are doing for our young generation.
    Dear Anousheh, I am also Iranian American and you are a symbol of an “American dream”. My favorite philosopher is Russian American lady, Ayn Rand, and your mind and your ambitions remind me of her. have a safe trip back home (dont’ forget to find your lip gloss!!)
    Peace and love,

    Frieda

    Comment by FRIEDA — September 27, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

  43. Actually, according to Wikipedia, Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral invented Velcro in 1948.

    I’m sure he had no idea how important it would become to space travel though.

    Comment by James17930 — September 27, 2006 @ 6:34 pm

  44. Hey Ansari !!

    Your experience is fantastic.

    Many people are following your adventure. It should be a big challenge.

    Congratulations from Mexico!!

    Comment by Alex Vega — September 27, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

  45. Salam Nounoush jan

    Can’t wait to see you next week. Wish you a safe and smooth trip back home and let us know if you found your lip gloss!!!

    Nazdaneh

    Comment by Nazdaneh — September 27, 2006 @ 6:41 pm

  46. Dearest Anousheh, how nice experience you have… It’s strange to know that, where you are just now, most of the people will be able to visit(?) after many many decades! Live “fully” every single moment, keep those pictutes whithin your heart and… bring them with your sweet smile back to earth! Be sure that we all are jealous of you – in a nice way of course…
    (And don’t forget: Take a look at Greece…)
    Keep well,
    Takis

    Comment by Takis Latas — September 27, 2006 @ 6:41 pm

  47. i got caught up today! been busy getting ready for winter in midwest usa. love the blogs! my husband said they stuck you in the middle and gave you that story to get you out of the way! he’s extremely jealous!
    i’ve had those dreams of yours myself, floating over my nieghborhood from my house to my school, or a nieghbor’s house. i’ve also had dreams of breathing under water like a fish. i think they go back to when we were in the womb. memories.
    as for not being able to move in space unless you propell yourself, what about blowing air out your mouth, like blowing out a candle? would that be enough pressure to propell?

    have a beaytiful time in your last few days! i hope i will see something on the news when you land.
    so far, nothing.
    but i LOVE this blog! will it stay after the trip is over?

    Comment by mieyasha — September 27, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

  48. Time flies and now so do you! If it seems a short 11 days to us, it must be whizzing by for you. Enjoy your final day in space!

    Ray Gedaly
    The Woodlands, Texas

    Comment by Ray Gedaly — September 27, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

  49. khanome ansari salammmm! farda akhrin rozeton dar fazast !omidvaram va arezo mikonam betonid ravesh o rahe hali peida konid ke betonid ham khodeton va ham baghieh mardom betonan tajrobiat shoma ro tekrar va dark konand!
    azaton darkhast mikonam tarjomeie farsi weblogeton ro be roztar va mesle blog ingliston bashi !
    doa mikonam farda shab be salamat be zamin bargardid va baghieh tajrobiteton ro vase ma benevisid !
    shad o moafagh bashid !

    Comment by S.Masoud — September 27, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

  50. Anousheh, thanks for writing down all the experiences in the weightlessness environment. What sort of food you guys eat in daily basis? Have a nice trip!

    Comment by J. Ikeda — September 27, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

  51. As an Iranian-French family, we are very happy and proud of you representing Iran so high. Good luck and wish you could send kisses to our little ones from your new environment. Moaffar bashid . Khoda afez.

    Abbas, Nilouphar, Rose and Isabelle

    Comment by Abbas, Nilouphar, Rose and Isabelle — September 27, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

  52. As an Iranian-French family, we are very happy and proud of you representing Iran so high. Good luck and wish you could send kisses to our little ones from your new environment. Moaffar bashid . Khoda afez.

    Abbas, Nilouphar, Rose and Isabelle….

    Comment by Abbas, Nilouphar, Rose and Isabelle — September 27, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

  53. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us down here on the ground. You are truly awesome, and a perfect manifestation of my favorite quote by Joseph Campbell:

    “If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”

    Thank you for opening so many doors…and then gracefully flying through them!

    Comment by Karen — September 27, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

  54. خانوم انوشه انصاري؛ سلام
    بابت سفر جسورانه و افتخارآميزتان صميمانة تبريك مي‌گويم. اميدوارم به سلامت به خانة مادري، زمين، برگرديد.
    اميدوارم اين نوشته را حتماً بخوانيد. سفر شما نگرش جديدي در بين جوانان (و غير جوانان) در ايران بوجود آورده است. بيشتر معروفيت شما بابت اين چند روزي است كه به سفر فضايي رفته‌ايد. ولي بيشتر تاثير شما بابت ساليان قبل از اين سفر و البته ساليان پس از اين سفر خواهد بود. ساليان گذشتة زندگي شما از بابت اينكه منبع بسيار الهام‌بخش اعتماد به نفس و بزرگ فكر كردن است و ساليان پس از اين سفر از بابت اينكه اين اعتماد به نفس شما، در تك تك جوانان ايراني نفوذ كرده و نگرش ((توانستن)) را روشنايي بخشيده. شما در ايستگاه فضايي احساس نابي را تجربه مي‌كنيد كه شايد براي ما غير قابل تصور است. مطمئن باشيد كه ما جوانان ايراني نيز احساس نابي را تجربه مي‌كنيم كه شايد براي شما غير قابل تصور باشد.
    اميدوارم روزي بتوانم همانند شما براي كشورم ماية افتخار و سربلندي باشم.
    شاد و سلامت و پرتغالي باشيد.
    ارادتمند،
    عارف.

    Comment by Aref — September 27, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

  55. Hi Anousheh:
    From this very litlle country in Latin America and with my “first” 55 years old I´m really amaizing of what u are experiencing.
    When I was a little boy, sitting on the grass, looking to the dark sky, It seemed that stars are coming to touch my face and with my hands I can move them from one point to another.
    Now, with your descriptions, I´m remembering those days.
    Dreams are reality, only human bean, tolerance, help each-other, confidence, continuous improvement and a “bit” of God support to iluminate our way are needed.
    Enjoy the moment!, I´m there with you, seeing what u see, floating as u float, feeling as u feel.
    My wife, my sons, my futures grandson and next generation support you.
    Our best wishes during your trip to return.
    Regards
    Carlos
    Uruguay
    South America

    Comment by Carlos from Uruguay — September 27, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

  56. Hello Anousheh.

    You have the sensitivity and the talent to share, to inspire and to translate into words your great orbit experience. Through your words I feel myself emotional high ZERO-G ! Thanks to your great talent to tell your feelings.
    Tonight, at 4:45GMT, you brighten my night sky, hair angel passing by, among te stars.
    Thank you for everything you have done and sharing your space stories with us. We all have a lot to learn from your adventure. Good luck and stay safe.
    With great admiration, best wishes for your fellow members.
    88’s and whishing all the best for you.

    Etienne ALBERT F1GRR France

    Comment by Etienne ALBERT F1GRR — September 27, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

  57. Good luck to you ! Very proud of you representing Iran so high. Wish you could send kisses to us from your new environment
    Moafagh bashid. Khoda Afez.

    Abbas, Nilouphar, Rose and Isabelle (Paris – France)

    Comment by Abbas — September 27, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

  58. Good luck to you ! Very proud of you representing Iran so high. Wish you could send kisses to us from your new environment
    Moafagh bashid. Khoda Afez.

    Abbas, Nilouphar, Rose and Isabelle (Paris – France)

    Comment by CHABANI — September 27, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

  59. سلام خانم انصاری!
    تا میتونید از اون بالاها از زیبایی های زمین لذت ببرید که روی زمین چنین لذت و آرامشی دست نایافتنی است.
    از اون بالا سلام ما رو هم به خدابرسون!
    راستی خدا از اون بالا چه رنگیه؟
    ما اینجا به امید دیدن شما به آسمان مشهد خیره میشیم وبرای بازگشت شما دعا میکنیم.
    محمد و مریم از مشهد…

    Dear Ms Ansari

    How is the color of God there? Send Our Hello to him! You seem to be closer then us to God!😉
    Enjoy the earth from there! You wont find that calmness and peace here!
    We are looking for you in Mashhad’s Sky! Can you see your city from there?
    Looking forward too seeing you in Mashad… Proud of you…
    MohamadReza & Maryam, from MASHHD

    Comment by Mohamad & Maryam — September 27, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

  60. Good luck to you ! Very proud of you representing Iran so high. Wish you could send kisses to us from your new environment
    Moafagh bashid. Khoda Afez.

    Abbas, Nilouphar, Rose and Isabelle (Paris – France)…….

    Comment by chabani — September 27, 2006 @ 7:09 pm

  61. hello
    I Very Hapy of that you hop and success

    Comment by ستاره درخشان — September 27, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

  62. Hi Anousheh,

    Thanks for your descriptions of situation in zero-g. That’s informative and also sounds really interesting…. I am amazed when I read your blogs…. What a pitty you’re returning soon…
    Just curious, How does the body reacts there? are the natural mechanisms work like here on the Earth?…

    Comment by Jabis — September 27, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

  63. درود فراوان بر شما که مایه فخر ما ایرانیها هستید
    درود بر شما که بهترین مشوق جوانان نه تنها ایران که در سرتاسر دنیا هستید
    دردو فراوان بر شما
    شاید هیجانی که از سفر یک هموطن به فضا به من دست داده کمتر از لذت خود سفر نباشه
    برای شما آرزوی موفقیت دارم
    و دعا میکنم جمعه با سلامت کامل به آغوش خانواده باز گردید
    شاد شاد شاد باشید

    Comment by akbar shams — September 27, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

  64. Anousheh,

    Congratulations on your arrival at your new embassy from a fellow immigrant Texan! Space should be for everyone and I am glad you are ushering that day in. Perhaps when you return, you can work with me so anyone can win a trip like yours in a skill game.

    you’ll see the Stars belong to the People,

    Sam

    Comment by Sam Dinkin — September 27, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

  65. Thank you so much for the contact this morning from British Columbia. It is very exciting for young women to see your many accomplishments.
    Again I want to thanks you and extend an invitation to visit British Columbia and possibly make a stop in our location to meet and speak with the youth of our community.
    My thanks and I hope to make another contact with you prior to your return to earth.
    Warmest regards and I hope to hear from you.

    Bill Greene
    VE7WFG

    Comment by Bill Greene VE7WFG — September 27, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

  66. Thank you Anousheh for sharing your space experience,such a visionary & spacy…i’m telling again : u should write a book sometime.

    I can’t help it, i have to tell u how i wish i were u!;-)

    Take care
    Cheers
    Maryam

    Comment by Maryam-Tehran — September 27, 2006 @ 7:32 pm

  67. Hi Anousheh.
    Wow!thats funny and at the same time difficult.Nice,that you can
    make it so touchable for us.Thank you!

    Comment by keikavos — September 27, 2006 @ 7:38 pm

  68. Hi Anousheh,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us. It seems to be like a dream come true. I’m happy for you and I hope to have the opportunity one day to go in space. I cannot imagine how special it must feels to float in space and to view the earth and the universe. Good luck:)

    Kaven

    Comment by Kaven — September 27, 2006 @ 7:44 pm

  69. salam khayli be shoma eftekhar mikonam man 16 salame mikham fazanavard sham vali be komak shoma
    movafagh bashid
    maria

    Comment by maria — September 27, 2006 @ 7:48 pm

  70. well seems like you’re having a good time up there.enjoy yourself.by the way,say hi to some of the fellow-alians ok?:D
    I’d really like you readers to share your opinion and ideas with me.We could chat about it.so add me if you like to.
    [received] (on msn messenger).

    Comment by Moe — September 27, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

  71. HI ANOUSHEH ,

    HOW WONDERFUL TO READ YOUR SPACE EXPERIENCES DAILY HERE IN TURKEY AND MANY THANKS FOR OPENLY SHARING YOUR MEMOS. CONGRATULATIONS AND HOPING YOU ALL A VERY SAFE TRIP BACK TO WORLD.BEST WISHES TO YOU & OTHER CREW MEMBERS FROM ISTANBUL,TURKEY. GOOD LUCK.

    Comment by EGE BERKAY — September 27, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

  72. Merveilleuse Annousheh

    Tu nous donnes à rêver,
    Tu nous donnes à espérer,
    Tes mots sont autant de sourires,
    Ton entousiasme est communicatif

    Garde toujours l’orange de tes rêves
    Magicienne de l’espace !

    Tes pitreries cosmiques sont un pur délice,
    bravo l’artiste ! Quel talent !

    Parmi les étoiles

    A bientôt

    Petit Pierre

    Comment by Petit Pierre — September 27, 2006 @ 8:03 pm

  73. Dear Dear anoushe
    i dont know if you read our comments in space or you will do it when return to earth ,
    i agrre with you , i can imagin weigthlessness and its a very nice experience , with your writting from space i must check your comment every day two times it looks like having lunch or dinner every day

    tack care and enjoy
    hadi

    Comment by hadi saeidi TEHRAN — September 27, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

  74. Hi there,

    It is weird but over the last week or so, i keep looking
    up in the sky and thinking of you. I hope a nice safe trip
    back to Earth soon. Movafagh bashid…

    PS> your husband is A very lucky man to have a woman like you,
    if you were my wife, i would have bought the whole lip-gloss factory🙂 good luck. I bet you miss eating ghormeh sabzi up there.

    Comment by Ali — September 27, 2006 @ 8:31 pm

  75. Anousheh,

    This a great thing that you have done! So great, in fact, that I am at a loss as to how to express why I feel that to be so.

    In the past, millionaire space tourists were just side shows – quirkey people doing quirkey things because they could (thanks to those other quirkey people – the admistrators of the Russian Space program) – rich people buying their way into serious scientific endevours because they were rich and could afford it . . . rich people – far removed from everyday people – unreal people doing unreal things.

    And then, there was you, and it is all different. It is all Real. This whole experience has the feeling of a definite First. You aren’t the first woman in space, or the first woman on the ISS, or the first Space Tourist – but you a First . . .

    The First Everyday Person to go and live in Space. (The First FEP?) This is the experience of a person to whom anyone can relate. An untrained everyday person – who can communicate. Your blogs are so easy to read and and understand. And they effectively communicate the intimacy of your personal experience. They seem Real. They feel Real. And, they are a great read. I have learned more about what it is personally like from you blogs, than from any news coverage, or “up close and personal” program, from all the past space expeditions/experiences put together.

    I don’t mean to belittle all the astronauts/cosmonauts who have done such wonderful things over tha past 45 years – I know that in their hearts – they are all just everyday people. But watching their heroic accomplishments – and tragedies – over the years, has always fell like being on the outside looking in. But with you, we feel like any of us could be right there. It’s Great!

    This is the beginning of something new . . . and, exciting.

    Thank you.
    tr

    ps. I, too, hope you put this all down in a published book, and go make more money so you can support more commercial space endeavors —🙂

    Comment by Tom Rycroft — September 27, 2006 @ 8:38 pm

  76. Anousheh,

    As a founding trustee of the XPrize, I watched as Peter struggled to raise the money to make the prize work. For years he was out there knocking on doors seeking support – to little avail. Then one day I recall he and I had dinner and as I dropped him off in Santa Monica he said he might have found someone…. shhhhh……someone to give just enough money that he could leverage the prize into existence. My immediate thought was “Great! There are still crazy people out there willing to take a chance on space!” Then I immediately began to run lists through my mind of all the crazy folks I knew who might be the donor….

    Of course you aren’t crazy (well, not that way), you are brilliant, and your arrival in this cause has been the critical ingredient that may have pushed us over the tipping point. That one decision you made, I don’t know if it was laying in bed at night, talking with your husband, looking at the stars, or driving home after a talk with Peter…but that one decision – the one where your dreams became an action – may end up changing the history of the human race.

    History is changed by such decisions as yours all the time. Grand words I know, but when I step back and look at this moment in time I see a species at a crossroads. Do we go up, or do we go down? Do we hate or do we love? Do we accept the role of pillaging power hungry primates or do we look up and reach for the stars? Do we give our children an ever-narrowing set of dwindling possibilities or offer them the universe?

    A or B, yes or no, inaction or action….. You have taken action. You stepped up to the XPrize and gave our movement a push at exactly the right moment. And in the next years we will see the fruits of that action.

    And now the next decision, now you take the next action. You fly in space yourself.

    I was the one who shook the hand of Dennis Tito that began his quest to fly, and I know the power of realizing a personal dream. His flight was cast by many as a glitch, a self-indulgent foray into fame…which it of course was not. It was his life long dream, and by flying he helped show space was not just a government playground anymore. Yet now you have stepped up to get yourself into space – yes, it’s the realization of a personal dream – yes, you are having the time of your life, but you have done it in such a way and with such class and a focus on outreach that it is leveraging the personal dreams of perhaps millions. As I read some of the notes flooding your blog, I am moved to tears at times. You have touched a chord in so many…..

    My girlfriend was born in Iran, and through her I have developed an empathy for all things Iranian/Persian….it is hard to quantify, but I feel a relationship with your former home. What you have done to lift the eyes and hopes of the people of that great nation is incredible, and far more powerful than the tools employed by governments. The soft touch, the smile, just being and letting others “be” with you. Many others have sung your praises for this, and so do I….at a time of war, your smile sings of peace. At a time of hate, the love you are sending down from out there is perfect. For those of us in the space movement, you have brought an energy, commitment and brightness that was sorely needed.

    For at least a few days, there is a new star in the sky….a star of hope

    I wish you well and happy voyaging.

    Rick Tumlinson
    Space Frontier Foundation

    Comment by Rick Tumlinson — September 27, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

  77. Dear Anousheh,
    how are you?
    I read your spaceblog, being very impressed about your experience. As a member of Space Education Institute (SEI), Team Munich, I support Mission 3 to translate your spaceblog. I’d like also doing such an exciting voyage. But first of all I must learn from your experience and from my teachers Yvonne and Ralf Heckel.
    I wish you all the bests for you and your team, a good landing after this wonderfull experience.
    Wellcome back to earth.
    Kind regards
    Stefan Martini
    Mission 3, Team München

    Comment by Stefan Martini — September 27, 2006 @ 9:15 pm

  78. Tremendous descriptions. thank you for your beautiful posts, they make me feel i’m in ISS too. i’m looking forward to read your new posts.
    Good Luck,
    Arash R

    Comment by Aarsh R — September 27, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

  79. salam khanome ansari
    ejaze bedid begam anooshe jan,intori hese ghashang tari daram.az inke yek zane aryai ro dar chenin jaigahi mibinam be khodam va sarzaminam mibalam.
    be farmodeye hazrate hafez:
    zareh ra gar nabody hemmate ali hafez
    talebe cheshmeye khorshide derakhshan nashody
    * * * * * * * * * *
    an safar karde ke sad ghafele del hamrahe oost
    har koja hast,khodaya be salamat darsh

    dar panahe hagh bashid

    Comment by nastaran — September 27, 2006 @ 9:24 pm

  80. anousheye aziz. salam. jaleb bood.

    Comment by Hadi — September 27, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

  81. Comunico em portugues : alegria para você e para todos que me leiam! Desejo que vc se encontre …
    Aqui, de Goiania Goias Brasil nossa menssagem de muita paz para todos que habitam o planeta terra.
    Volte feliz, nondamendes.

    Comment by nondamendes — September 27, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

  82. عالي بود عالي عالي خيلي خوب بي وزني را توصيف كردي
    فكر مي كنم تو اين حالت بتوني به مفاهيمي چون نيروانا و تمركز بالا برسي
    اينجا خوب متوجه مي شي كه چقدر ما انسانها بدنمونو كم مي شناسيم، و باهش ارتباط داريم و حسش مي كنيم
    جالب بود وقتي ديدم فقط ٢٥ ثانيه مي توني خودتو ريلكس كامل كني
    ما رو زمين و توي جازبه متوجه نمي شيم كه ريلكس كامل نيستيم و مثلاً يكي از عضلاتمان دارد به يك جايي فشار وارد مي كند
    ولي تو فضا كاملا فرق مي كنه
    ممنونم خيلي چيز ياد گرفتم
    راستي كامنت قبليم راگويا سانسور كردند
    !!!!؟؟؟؟؟
    هر چي مي توني تو حالت بي وزني روي بدنت بيشتر تمركز كن شايد به جايي برسي كه گردش خونت،‌وياضربان قلبت، را حس كني و يادگار بماند
    وقتي مثل يك روح به قول خودت باهمه چيز قطع رابطه مي كني
    سعي كن به خود شناسي برسي
    فرصت خوبيه
    موفق باشي
    آرزومند فضا
    محمد از بلوار فردوسي مشهد خ ثمانه

    Comment by محمد از بلوار فردوسي مشهد خ ثمانه — September 27, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

  83. Dear Mrs Ansari,
    Thanks for taking time out and sharing with people back home on Earth writing your Blog every day. It has been a pleasure to read of your experience first hand as it happens.
    You will have to include it all in a book.
    Have a safe return flight, re-entry and landing.
    Thanks again

    Phil Mills FBIS
    Space Frontier Foundation UK International Liaison.

    Comment by Phil Mills — September 27, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

  84. Salam
    Emrooz be in fekr mikardam ke donya cheghadr mitoone kochik bashe ! matalebe Weblogetono motalee mikonam va har bar ye Hesse No , Ye Ehsasi ke Zamini Nist ! Shayd asemooniam nist . Ama harche hast Rooede az Andishehaeest ke ma az anche ke nemibinim Darim … Shayad Zibao ROYAEE >…
    Yaghinan Be roye faza Boodan o Dar HARIME Malakooti Pay gozashtano Lams kardan Motefavet ha Ehsasist Tosif nashodani ama In Ehsas ke Pay dar Zamin o Sari Roo be asman Ham Zibast !
    Roozhaee Sarshar az Sarsabzi va Lahzehaee SARASAR NEshat baratoon Arezoo mandam .
    ( Age tonestin khoshhal misham be sarzamine royaee man ham sari bezanid ) !!!!😀
    چه شوقی است آنزمان که
    چشم از زمین بر می داری
    و آنگاه ” پروازی رو به آسمان ”
    و تا بی نهایت ملکوت
    تا اوج آسمان
    سرمست و مشتاق
    پرواز می کنی

    Comment by Amir Mahmoudi — September 27, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

  85. Salaam,

    I am really enjoying reading your experience from ISS. Please keep on blogging though you are just about to start your journey back!

    I have proudly told all of my classmates at school that you are up there.

    Take care,

    Sina and Erfan from Guildford in Surrey (UK)

    Comment by Sina Monfared — September 27, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

  86. salam,
    doostane azize farsi-zaban. heif ast ke neveshtehaaye anousheh raa natoonid bekhoonid. man in neveshtehaa raa tarjome kardam va dar weblogam gozashtam. nemidoonam chera address ro inja natoonestam bezaram vali injoori code mikonam:
    addressesh hast: tour.persianblog.com.

    Comment by Tourang — September 27, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

  87. SALAM MRS. ANSARI
    TOO THANKS FOR WRITING,I WISH TO KNOW YOUR FEELING AND EXPRIENCE ABOUT ALBERT EISTEIN THEORY OF RELATIVITY, AND THIS EXPERSION FROM HIM ,” ONLY 2 THINGS ARE INFINTE, THE UNIVERSE AND HUMAN STUPIDITY AND I AM NOT TO SURE ABOUT THE FORMER”,MAY IT BETTER TO REPLY AFTER RETURN BACK.

    Comment by ALI TOHIDI — September 27, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

  88. We can not all be there, in space, so thank you for seeing for us and sharing your experience with us. Please wave if you pass over Norway, we’ll watch out for you. Wish you all the best !

    Comment by Linda — September 27, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

  89. Interesting to learn that you cannot “swim” in space – in my mind I always imagined you could, not terribly well, but you could eventually get to where you were going.

    I don’t suppose you have considered testing Newton’s third law by tossing a shoe or something?

    Very nice description, brings floating in orbit to life for those of us stuck on Earth in a way no NASA document ever will.

    Comment by richard — September 27, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

  90. thanks for sharing your experience, keep writing.I like it.
    Toktam

    Comment by toktam — September 27, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

  91. Dear Anousheh, you are doing the most fantastic job on this blog! This is bringing people all over the world the feeling of being in space in wonderfully personal way. It’s humanizing the experience in a way the egg-head astronauts haven’t done since the Apollo program. Congratulations, we’re all thinking of you.

    By the way, that lip gloss you lost – was that allowed in your carry-on luggage or did you have to check that?🙂

    Comment by David S. — September 27, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

  92. MRS. ANOUSHEH
    YOU DID THE BEST ONE MAY IMAGINE, YOUR FLOATING IN SPACE REMIND ME THE FLYING OF THE BIRDS OR MORE FLYING AND ROTATING THE BUTTERFLY, ALL THIS MAY OCCURE WITH SOME LOVE AND KIND IN YOUR HEART.

    Comment by ALI TOHIDI — September 27, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

  93. […] Around this time tomorrow Anousheh Ansari will no longer be on the station, having joined Pavel Vinogradov and Jeffrey Williams on the Soyuz spacecraft that will take them back to Earth; landing is scheduled in Kazakhstan at approximately 9:10 pm EDT Thursday. In the meantime, Ansari speaks about the joys of weightlessness and the benefits of Velcro when those joys aren’t so apparent. Her official web site now has several videos she recorded on the ISS, including one thanking all the people who visited and left comments on her blog. (Note that in the videos she is wearing overalls whose design incorporates both the US and Iranian flags. Hopefully no one at the State Department is going apoplectic at the moment…) […]

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  94. Thank you Anousheh!!!!I’m a french guy and thanks to you i learn english reading you!!!You also make me dream!!!!Thank you and see you soon on earth!!Bon courage et bonne rentrée!!Max

    Comment by Max — September 27, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

  95. No, I’m not THE Jeff Williams on the station. Another one, tho.
    Ms. Ansari, your blog is a delight to read, and I wish you a safe journey back home, and oh boy will you have stories to tell your kids and grandkids! Beyond all the other “space tourists” you have really captured the imagination of the world.

    Again, Godspeed and a safe return Thursday.

    Jeff

    Comment by Jeff Williams — September 27, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

  96. Ey valll dokhtar….

    Comment by mojtaba — September 27, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

  97. Hi there, and thank you for sharing your experience with us earthlings who might not be able to experience what you are experiencing right now in our lifetime. But we don’t envy you, we admire you.

    I have a feeeling that a lot of plain facts about Zero-G are widley available to read if one wants to find out, but that doesn’t stop me from wondering, especially after reading your blog about lost lipgloss and yogurt-behavior, how often accidents happens and what the results are from that? E.g. what whould happen if someone accidently would toss or smash a can of yogurt? Do you assemble the crew for a cleaning-raid or do you start up the vacuum cleaner (are there such objects there? :-)) and clean it up yourself? Why I’m asking is because I’m a sucker at cleaning and would die if I had to clean it up by hand, heh.

    Well, thank your once again for reading your blog!

    Stefan M.
    Stockholm, Sweden

    Comment by Stefan Malmlund — September 27, 2006 @ 11:11 pm

  98. SALAMI BE GARMI KHORSHID

    khanoom ansari nakhastam commentam ro engelish benevisam chon ke daram ba ye banoye irani sohbat mikonam.vaghty khabare inke yek zane irani be onvane turist dare be faza mire besiar khoshal shodam hamash toye college be doostam va ostadam migam ke on kesi ke rafte faza IRANIE va baese eftekhare mane.fekr konam ta chand sate dige eb zamin miresid ya shayadam alan residid beharhal omidvaram ke safar behetoon khosh gozashte bashe ke 100% ham hamin toor bode.age dosotdashty dpage man ro ham check konid va nazaretono begiD.bazham mamnoon.
    omidvraam ke betoonam az nazdik bebinametoon.
    khodahafez

    Comment by sina — September 27, 2006 @ 11:16 pm

  99. انوشه عزیز سلام
    از اینکه موفق شدی به آرزویت برسی خوشحالم
    بعنوان یک ایرانی بهت افتخار میکنم امیدوارم روزی برسه که سفر فضایی برای عموم مردم کاملا عادی بشه و راحت تا اون چیزی رو که تو از اون بالا دیدی یعنی صلح و آرامش قابل دیدن برای همه باشه
    یک سوال دارم می خوام بدونم شنیدن موسیقی در فضا چه حالی داره منظورم توی خلا است ؟
    برات رسیدن به دیگر هدفهات دعا میکنم و آرزوی موفقیت بیشتر برات دارم

    Comment by Sasan — September 27, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

  100. Hiiii Anousheh,

    Today is my father’s 91st birthday and I just realised what changes he must have seen during his life. Imagine when he was a little boy, the first aeroplanes started to fly. Nowadays you can fly anywhere over the entire globe at any moment for hardly any money. Our modern society could not function without this form of transport anymore.

    I’m 56 now and when I was a little boy, the first satellites and spaceships started to fly. Do you see the analogy? I wonder what the world will be when I myself am really old. Now, thanks to people like you, spacetravel will come within reach to more and more people. My ultimate dream naturally would be flying into space one day, and maybe if I live long enough, that day will come. If not, I am very happy that I live in an age that I can share the experiences of other people and that I have lived to see it all happening, from the first careful steps into space, the landings on the moon, development of spacestations etc.

    I really love reading your blog and since so many people are so enthousiastic about it you must be doing a great job ! I hope that one day you will visit our country, so that I can hear more of your stories directly from you. Herewith you are invited to give a presentation before our local astronomy society ;o)))

    This morning I got up early and saw your star brilliantly rise in the west and fly across the twilight sky. It was a nice view and I would recommend that to you too when you will be back on earth. It would be strange realizing that you have been on board of the ISS during these 11 days when you see it fly among the stars.

    Have a save homecoming Anousheh, take care.

    Kind regards,

    Wim Holwerda, Netherlands

    Comment by Wim — September 27, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

  101. Greetings from earth Anousheh,

    You are very unique and a great lady. Everyone is so proud of you
    Lioness. Keep up your blogs and have a safe journey back home.

    Comment by Anoushiravan — September 27, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

  102. Hi
    I’m taher mahmoudabadi From IRAN.I’m mechanic engeenier, Ime and my family Honer you and we love you.we pray and wait for your comeback to the earth.we have you have best enjoy and happynes there.
    I have some invention that I submit these i n IRAN and I have some important invention that I don’t want submit those here ,these are about space ship, airplane, helicopters, jetski.I want to submit these in the world. Do you help me to do that??
    I’ll wait for youe mesage.
    have god time around earth. and think about time , licht, space, sun, god, humen.
    god bless you every where.
    plz answer my comment.
    we love you and come to your blog every day.

    Comment by Taher — September 27, 2006 @ 11:35 pm

  103. Anousheh, I hope and pray that all the Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens and all other leaders of our countries read your blog, and read atleast some of the comments the people of the World leave. Maybe, just maybe they’ll see how important life and our World is, and how war is not needed to be happy!
    Thank you for your wonderful and detailed blog! You have captivated us all….

    with love,
    Alana

    Comment by Alana from AB, Canada — September 28, 2006 @ 12:08 am

  104. I can’t imagine having $20 million dollars and doing something as selfish as putting myself on a space craft to go into space. The money you spent will not benefit anyone but you, you could have done so much more that is meaningful to so many other people. How can you look at yourself in the mirror every night when you live such a frivolous life? How can you have been so fortunate in your life to have the money that you do and use it so that you are one up on your society friends at the latest cocktail party? Very sad that money doesn’t equal conscience or responsibility.

    Comment by abmediator — September 28, 2006 @ 12:09 am

  105. Hi Anousheh,
    You are a very brave woman – an inspiration. Your blogs are incredible. I’ve enjoyed them. Congratulations on your journey and your ability to convey it so well!
    All the best for the rest of your travels!!

    Comment by Angela — September 28, 2006 @ 12:30 am

  106. Hi Anousheh,
    Yours was by far the best description from space I have ever read. It was just marvellous. I am 47 and I still have that dream of being able to fly around – at least once a month. I feel really great that you are able to do it and enjoy it. I can imagine how happy and fullfilled you feel.
    Best wishes,
    Ben
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

    Comment by Ben — September 28, 2006 @ 12:48 am

  107. Hi Again Anousheh,

    Thanks for describing how you can finally use keyboard in weightlessness, now I have a more serious question.

    You told there is places (like Node), where you can not reach the walls easily, and while floating, you have no access to anything to push to move. I guess as there still air exists, some kind of swimming may help you move very slowly (at least), but even such an slow movement is not happening, then can we think of possible traps inside the station? Say if for any chance, somebody gets trapped in such special locations, and there is nobody to help (or if the other is also trapped in the same type of trap), can’t it be a real danger?

    Even thinking of such hangups can be devastating! It is like when you write a program which makes a never ending loop, and hangs everything and control can never be given back to the system.

    Let us know if there is any of such kinds of dangers in ISS, and if they have thought of any security measures for them!

    Cheers,
    Paymaan,
    Tehran, Iran.

    Comment by Paymaan Jafari Taayemeh — September 28, 2006 @ 12:55 am

  108. Salam alaikum. That’s really remarkable. Have a safe and happy journey back. Keep making and taking videos/photos/blog entries, so that you have a precise record of everything.

    Comment by Shan — September 28, 2006 @ 1:11 am

  109. Hi there….I’ve been watching your journey from down here in Carrollton, Texas since you lifted off. It makes me so happy to come home at night and read about your amazing experiences. Your words are amazing in telling people that you can accomplish your dreams. I am hoping to make it to the XPrize cup in a few weeks so maybe I will get a chance to hear you speak there. I think I am going to post on Craigslist Dallas to see if I can find anyone in the DFW area who wishes to take a road trip out there…it looks like such an awesome event to experience and learn from!

    Best wishes for a safe return home. I know everyone down here is praying for all to go as planned in your journey home.

    God Bless,
    Mike

    Comment by Mike Rowe — September 28, 2006 @ 1:17 am

  110. Waving hi from Peterborough Ontario as you come back to earth!
    Amazing blog & pics!!

    Gives credence to that adage…reach for the moon and you can fall amongst the stars!!

    Safe journey back to you and your colleagues!!

    venus_rising (Nora)

    Comment by Nora — September 28, 2006 @ 1:21 am

  111. Man that is so cool to hear that you can do almost anything up there… i wish i was there…. and be able to catch water drops with your tongue! man that’s so cool… good luck flying!!

    u.s.a.!

    Comment by Sky — September 28, 2006 @ 1:48 am

  112. When was a kid i read about mission Apollo, Solyut, etc..
    When was 4 mounth old man go at the moon…
    And now i am reading in network computer the news coming from space from a starship around the hearth..

    That incredible

    Luigi

    Comment by Luigi Corrias — September 28, 2006 @ 1:56 am

  113. Hi Anousheh:

    Have you seen any city being bombed?

    Can you tell us how shinny it is? I wonder how you see it up there!

    Don´t mess with Texas!!

    Comment by George W — September 28, 2006 @ 2:07 am

  114. Hi Anooshe!

    Here is the page of the Fanni Alumni of University of Tehran about your trip:
    http://www.fanni.info/Site.aspx?ParTree=AZ1612&LnkIdn=822
    Just to know that Iranian Engineers wish u the best

    Take care
    Happy Landing

    Comment by alireza — September 28, 2006 @ 2:22 am

  115. God bless you Anousheh, and all the ISS team !

    Comment by Alirio Serna — September 28, 2006 @ 2:32 am

  116. This is a message for Anousheh,
    You have created A new class of explorers, there will be more like you.Thank you for paving the way for all who share the dream with you. We are all proud of your achivements and the way you are sharing it with others.

    Bahram,
    Alexandria, VA

    Comment by S.Bahram Sadighian — September 28, 2006 @ 2:58 am

  117. Helo Anousheh,

    We are proud of you! Thank you for sharing your extraordinary experience up there. Wish I could fly in the air like you up there. Take Care always.

    Comment by Lawrence — September 28, 2006 @ 3:05 am

  118. A few suggestions:

    1. Instead of catching liquid or semi-solid globule with a solid object (spoon) which may lead to splitting the globule into droplets, try using a short straw. It’s a larger spatial net, requires less hand-eye co-ordination, and if you catch more than a mouthful, there is comparatively lots more surface area for the globule’s surface tension to adhere upon.

    2. Send up a few flexible low-tesla flexible patch magnets, the type that people usually find on backs of fridge magnets. Stick these to velcro strips, and it becomes a holder that will be attracted to a flat metal surfaces, helping the friction to hold the object in place. Ensure that the tesla magnitude is low enough to not affect any instrumentation or electronics, but high enough to resist the mass-inertia of the objects. As the mass is usually low for lip-gloss and books, it should work.

    3. Velcro currently available has different colours. Reserve a colour for small personal objects, and different stripe combinations for individual staff. This should make spotting personal objects easier. For important objects, add one of those whistle recognisers that people usually use for keys. By the way, velcro was invented by Georges de Mestral, and to all those who initially resisted his idea, “Success is the best final word”.

    4. i.Tech Virtual Laser Keyboard is Bluetooth enabled and doesn’t require a “punch” onto the keys, just a light touch on the surface that the keys are projected onto. This will greatly reduce the Newtonian keyboard reaction, as there is negligible action to react to. It also makes key-clicks if needed.

    5. Flat fibrous surfaces (eg. paper) adhere to flat metal surfaces better with glues than velcro. 3M’s Post-it® Notes uses such glues. If the glue was in a tube, it could be extruded as needed.

    6. Velcro soda-pop bottles onto the front of a sleeve. Add a flexible straw leading to your upper shoulder, which will allow you to easily keep hydrated, keep the bottle out of the way, keep your hands free, and keeps the bottle in easy visual distance for a refill check.

    7. Velcro your headsets’ cable to the sleeve opposite to your soda-pop bottle, with the plug held by a velcro ring in the middle front of your clothes. It’s within easy reach, easily visually checked, and if you fly away but forget to detach the cord first, then you’ll receive a gentle tug from your headset to remind you.

    Have a safe journey home.

    Comment by Jeff Cheah — September 28, 2006 @ 3:08 am

  119. Khanoom Ansari,
    We Iranians in Canada are proud of you and already miss you on the ground level. Accept all our greetings from the ground Level. I loved your interview and that flag is beautiful.

    Regards khanoom khoushgele,

    Siamack az Canada

    Comment by Siamack — September 28, 2006 @ 3:09 am

  120. Dear Ms. Ansari,
    Thanks again for a great blog! Perhaps I have too much time on my hands tonight, but I would like to share some thoughts on your blog tonight.

    Your description is great and the details of your experience are so wonderful!

    A few days ago I was worried about your space sickness, but it sounds like you are improving in feelings and health.
    Please drink lots of electrolyte fluids prior to returning to Earth. Do not allow your body to become deconditioned on orbit and please exercise your leg muscles on the treadmill. Space can make your walking muscles weaker and you want to be able to walk easily when you return to Earth (unless you plan on helping everyone out by building a permanent space station for the people and just staying on orbit🙂 )

    On a more playful note… you were saying that you notice that you can “hover” for 25 seconds without touching any surface. Perhaps your duration hovering is related to your mass.

    May I offer an explanation for your inability to “hover” as long as the guys?

    Your ability to “hover” in the node is a reflection of your total body mass.

    Tell the guys that they are likely fatter than you and therefore have more mass! 🙂

    Your total body mass and your total body surface area is probably less than the men on your crew. With less surface area and less body mass, I wonder if it takes less air flow to impart a force on your body and accelerate you.

    Taking a page out of my old college physics 101 course…

    Assume that you have two people, one person of Mass A and a second of Mass B.

    Assume also that you have an equal force of air on each person
    Force(A) = Force(B)

    Recall, Newton’s First Law of Motion
    Force = Mass x Acceleration

    Therefore,

    If Mass(Ansari) is less than Mass(Williams)

    then…

    Acceleration(Ansari) = (Mass(Williams) x Acceleration(Williams)) divided by Mass(Ansari)

    Therefore, you will accelerate faster than Williams due to the force of Air flow by a ratio of your masses.

    So, if Williams is 75 kg and Ansari is 50 kg, Anousheh will accelerate 1.5 times faster than Williams due to an equivalent amount of force.

    I suppose now, you would need to do the calculation on the force of air on you versus Williams. But, your calculation would need to take in account the fluid dynamics of air flowing through the cabin across your body and the crew mates.

    Because I am a medical doctor and not a Ph.D. in computational fluid dynamics, I can not write the equation relating the differential force on your head versus chest versus feet for a dynamic flow of air. (Funny isn’t it?)

    Because we do not know your measured cross sectional area (Say, I wouldn’t want to ask you your dress size!) and because we do not know the cross sectional area of your crew mates, I have assumed that they are likely similar.

    On the other hand, Vinogradov, Williams, and Reiter may have lost some weight in space!

    As a guy, I might argue that you have smaller force being imparted on you by the air (because your cross sectional area is smaller than a guy), but then again women have different centers of mass and different distribution of total body fluid.🙂

    Have a good return flight and the world is praying for your safe return!

    Comment by Doctor "Bones" McCoy — September 28, 2006 @ 3:35 am

  121. Dearest Anousheh,

    That was a fun read, and a wonderful description. Thank you so much for bringing your experience to us earth-bound folk (or, as Heinlein called it, “Earthworms”)!

    Allah’u’abha! We live in wonderful times. I wasn’t even born yet when man first landed on the moon, but I have a nephew who, as a young child, was very surprised and disappointed to find there weren’t people living on the moon. Just as I cannot fathom what it is really like up there (though your narrative certainly helps!), I cannot imagine what the impact of what you have done (through the X-Prize) and your own experiences right now will have on the future. Perhaps my youngest daughter, who was born dreaming of living on the moon, will see her wish come true.

    Love,

    Michelle,

    Athens, Ga, USA

    Comment by Michelle Petit-Sumrall — September 28, 2006 @ 3:41 am

  122. Hi Anousheh,

    That is a truly wonderful narration, It felt like I was in space. You have initiated the concept of Space travelling in the coming times I think it would be much common for people to go on a vacation to Space.

    God bless you Anousheh, and all the ISS team !

    Vivek Manohar Prabhu

    New Delhi – India

    Comment by Vivek Manohar Prabhu — September 28, 2006 @ 3:51 am

  123. Thank you! Your description was so vivid! We homeschool our kids and this will be an excellent science lesson for them.

    Comment by Steve Henkel — September 28, 2006 @ 4:04 am

  124. salam kahnume ansarie aziz.
    kheili khosh halam ke safaretun be khubi va khoshi dare be payan mirese.omid varam be salamat be zamin bargardid.ma hame cheshm entezare shoma hastim ke be iran biaeid va ma shoma ro az nazdik bebinim.
    ya ali,khoda hafeze shoma

    Comment by M.Javad Mohiti — September 28, 2006 @ 4:26 am

  125. hello Mrs Ansari

    thank for sharing your value(and too expensive!!?) experiences.

    best regard
    Hadi Jalilzadeh

    Comment by Hadi Jalilzadeh — September 28, 2006 @ 4:58 am

  126. Reading your blog makes me want to go to space. You make everything sound so exciting and fun! Have a safe trip back =)

    Comment by val — September 28, 2006 @ 5:28 am

  127. Dear Ms Ansari,

    Ur blogs are really touching from a layman’s point of view… i hope u r the first lady to start blogs from space to commom people.waiting for ur more blogs

    Could u tell us how u drink water ..?

    Regards
    Abraham

    Comment by Abraham Mathew — September 28, 2006 @ 5:35 am

  128. Hi Anousheh from Geoff Weston down here in Dunedin New Zealand.

    Well, last night (27th) I saw both passes of you and was able to take my wine students out into the car park, and hey presto, right on time…I told them, “it’s never late”. In this modern age there are still people who have no vision of all this! I have been reading your daily blogs and they are great and personel. Being a writer of many topics including space, I am sure you can write a very different book on your flight that will bring space flight into the realms of everyone, at their level, and with your with vision and excitement. I’m a fan of space tourism as a way of promoting space travel. I think people like yourself, and artists, writers photographers etc. can bring the vision of space more easily and with imagination, just like Alexi Leonov- the first space walker, who paints terrific paintings of space.They have the brilliance as you describe, that only a space traveller can truly see and feel! Hope to see you again tonight with a 7.29pm pass. But we have a large smoky forest fire very close to the city where I teach, so I may not be able to see that fast star going across the sky. I will be following your un-docking and descent from orbit to touchdown. I’m not too sure of the times as I have to convert them to Auckland time. I’ll follow on the internet or via the local TV channel. It will be good to see your smile when you stand on mother earth. (don’t fall over)

    Cheers- Geoff.

    Comment by Geoff Weston — September 28, 2006 @ 6:15 am

  129. Hi Anousheh!

    Thank you so much for sharing your incredible experience with us. Your writing style is as vivid as being there, and it becomes even more special when as you read on you realise how humble and down-to-earth you really are! (pardon the pun!)

    Safe landing, and I look forward to reading more about your experience. If you can suggest any way I can help or get involved in a good cause to preserve our beautiful earth, please let me know.

    God bless you!

    DD

    Comment by David - Surrey — September 28, 2006 @ 6:21 am

  130. Hi again Anousheh!

    Thank you once more for sharing your trip and your dream with all of us. We (you and I, and millions of others) only have hours left on the ISS (better known as Anousheh’s house) before we have to come home, but what a wonderful time we have had! We have all had motion sickness but recovered, we’ve watched people interact with each other and show respect, we managed to get some work done and have fun at the same time, and sat around the dinner table and shared space stories.

    We’ve crashed into a few walls, but now we can crawl on the ceilings, and fly like a pro. We asked questions, but they were good questions ( did they think we were some stupid tourist?). We’ve washed our hair in a plastic bag, and taken a bath with a wet towel, and hung our sweaty clothes out to dry so we would have something to drink the next day.

    We could look out our bedroom window and see the car in the driveway. We slept with our head against the same window and watched the earth go by until it gave us a headache. We saw land of all types, but could not see any lines separating them. We saw clouds, so many clouds, of many shapes and sizes, and water of so many shades of blue. But it was the stars, millions of them, going on forever that left us speechless. If only we could get just a little closer…..

    We did not come to promote space tourism (sorry Mr.Michael Lopez-Alegria, you almost got it, but no cigar). We came as space explorers and to promote peace. We looked at the traffic light outside of Anoesheh’s house and it went from yellow to green. It’s time to gas up the car and go. Hanging out in earth orbit just doesn’t cut it anymore, it’s time to move on. We’ve got to make a pit stop back at earth to pack a few more things (Anousheh lost our lip gloss!!), but we’ll be sure to wave at your government-run housing project on the way by. We’ll even leave the light on for you at our hotel chain that will start on the moon, and will end as far as your imagination will take you.

    Anousheh, you are in our dreams and prayers tonight. Godspeed, and come back safely with your fellow space explorers. You truely are our star of hope.

    Joe LePage Florida, USA

    Comment by Joe LePage — September 28, 2006 @ 6:27 am

  131. SALAM & GOOD TIME MRS. ANOUSHEH
    GOD PROTECTS YOU, DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS IDEA THAT PHYSICS HAS HIS OWN LAWS & THEORIES AND SPIRTUAL MATTERS ALSO HAS HIS OWN LAWS AND THEORIES, AND THE ART OF US IS TO EXPERIENCE AND VERIFY THE COMBINATION OF BOTH AS YOU DID.

    Comment by ALI TOHIDI — September 28, 2006 @ 7:18 am

  132. ايران دخت عزيز درود ملت ايران بر تو توكه
    نام ايران را بزرگ كردي

    Comment by Saeid Bahari/TEHRAN — September 28, 2006 @ 7:37 am

  133. مخلص همه آدمهای با حال!!

    Comment by amin — September 28, 2006 @ 8:01 am

  134. Hi Anousheh,

    I really like reading your blog, I have been following it throughout your journey. Your description is very vivid and I can really imagine being up there with you, thanks a lot and keep writing.

    I also had those flying dreams as a kid and sometimes I still have them:-) I even had the chance to get to know what weightlessness is like, because as a student I won a place in the ESA (don’t you participate in some ESA experiments?) Student Parabolic Flight campaign. We had an experiment with exactly that problem which you address, we wanted to try to walk in microgravity with the help of magnets… well, it didn’t work. I found the footloops on the ESA plane much more practical:-)

    I’d really like to do a flight like this again in the future or – much better – fly in space as you did! Weightlessness is just so… just freedom and so much more (well, I have no appropriate description…), I want to have this feeling again. At least I have learned to fly gliders…:-)
    You encourage me to keep sticking to my dream of spaceflight and do everything I can to realize it. I am really happy that you have made it and that you enjoy it so much! You are up there for all girls and women who want to do it too!

    Greetings from Germany and may the Force be with you!
    Tanja Lehmann

    Comment by Tanja Lehmann — September 28, 2006 @ 8:48 am

  135. Hello Anousheh,

    What the wonderful story, so pictorial, like I visited the station with you… I wish I could experience the same one day. Maybe later I have plenty time🙂

    I think you can start moving in the weightlessness with power of your lungs!! Just make some powerful outward breathes. I think it must work.

    Best Regards,
    Anton

    PS. Thank you for your blog!!! I think you really makes the space closer to earth (in good sence)

    Comment by Anton Salnikov — September 28, 2006 @ 9:02 am

  136. خانم انصاری سلام
    روز آخر حضور شما در فضا است من که از شما کیلومترها فاصله دارم حس غریبی دارم از بازگشت شما نمیدانم شما چه احساسی از بازگشت دارید
    بیان حس بی وزنی و سایر توصیفات شما از فضا ضمن اینکه بسیلر هیجان انگیز است ولی آدم را بیشتر متوجه قدرت خدا می کند و ندانسته های انسان از دنیای اطرافش
    فقط کافی است که شرایط ذکر شده توسط شما در زمین هم بود حساب کنید کارهای عادی روزمره چقدر سخت می شد
    کم کم اشتیاقم برای آمدن به فضا برای زندگی کم شده چون واقعا زندگی با این شرایط خیلی سخت است.
    ولی قطعا مسافرت برای حس حالات موجود در فضا هیجان خودش را دارد
    چند نفر از خوانندگان حس شما را نسبت به خدا پرسیده بودند من هم خیلی علاقه دارم بدانم نگاهتان به خدا چه تغییری کرده است.
    ازانها که بگذریم اجازه بدهید کمی هم ما از حس و حالمان روی زمین بگوییم.
    امروز پنج شنبه است و ادارات در تهران تعطیل هستند ولی اینقدر آگاه شدن از وضعیت شما برایم مهم شده که برای دسترسی به انترنت پرسرعت در روز تعطیل به سر کار آمده ام.
    نمیدانم چگونه می توانم مراسم خداحافظی شما از ایستگاه فضایی و بازگشت شما به زمین را مستقیم ببینم. ولی اگر لازم با شد امشب نم خوابم ودائم کانالهای مختلف ماهواره را برای دستیابی به خبر رسیدن شما جستجو خواهم کرد.
    امیدوارم صحیح و سالم به زمین برگردی برایت وقت افطار دعا خواهم کرد. به امید دیدار شما در ایران

    Comment by محمدرضا از تهران — September 28, 2006 @ 9:07 am

  137. سلام انوشه جوون،درودددددددددددددددددددددددددددددد
    اول از همه باید بهت یه تبریک بزرگ بگم….تبریکککککککککککککککککککککککککک به تو دختر آریایی…..
    من علیرضا هستم و 20 سالمه.2 ساله دیگه به امید خدا مدرک کارشناسی رو توی رشته ی مهندسی مکانیک می گیرم…وقتی که واسه ی اولین بار درباره ی تو توی یه سایت خارجی خوندم به خدا داشتم از خوشحالی بال درمیووردم…من واقعا بهت افتخار میکنم و خیلی دوست دارم…من الان تو ایران زندگی میکنم و خیلی دوست دارم که مثه تو به یه جایی برسم…چون همیشه میدونستم که اگه آدم بخواد و به خدا هم امیدوار باشه به هر جایی که دلش خواست میرسه…خیلی دلم میخواد که واسه ی کارشناسی ارشد و دکترا بیام اروپا یا امریکا ،اما متاسفانه خانواده ی من از این پولا ندارن و شاید نتونم ادامه تحصیل بدم ،اما من خودم عاشق درس خوندنم…توی دانشگاهمون هم ممتاز شدم اما افسوس که شاید رویای من برای ادامه تحصیل محقق نشه……
    راستی میخواتم یه چیزی بهت بگم.من بچه ی اهوازم،حتما میدونی که اهواز توی استان خوزستانه…اینجا همه ی اونایی که فامیلشون انصاریه دزفولی هستن(دزفول یکی از شهرای خوزستانه)منم خودم دزفولی هستم ،خیلی دوست داشتم بدونم که شما اصالتا دزفولی هستی یا نه؟چون اینجا همه میگن که تو اصالتا دزفولی هستی….میدونم که حتما واقعیت و بهم میگی…..
    امیدوارم وقتی اومدی زمین جواب ای میل منو زود بدی چون برام خیلی مهمه…..
    خیلی دوست دارم…………….
    علیرضا از اهواز

    Comment by Ali — September 28, 2006 @ 9:28 am

  138. Anousheh, Check the fan, might find the lost lip gloss there.;-)

    Comment by Sara from Sydney — September 28, 2006 @ 9:44 am

  139. Hello anousheh..
    Hope that all things ar efine and as good as they should be…
    I am waiting for your book to read full story of space…
    regards,
    majid naeimi.

    Comment by majid — September 28, 2006 @ 10:16 am

  140. Hi Dear Anousheh,
    I don’t know if you received my last comment, so I decided to write once again. I’m an Iranian boy who is so proud of being Persian and having a country man like you. Wish you best time there up in space and I hope to see you once here in our native land Iran. By the way what you have done has a great effect on Iranian and whole the world, I mean your end of the trip (Peace for the world and development of space trip). Once one of my friends told me that he wants name his girl Anousheh in memory of our great Anousheh Ansari. Also the website that I leave you is not working yet, but I love you to be first person to visit it .Get home safe. With the best wishes.

    Comment by Ali Reza Fazli — September 28, 2006 @ 10:50 am

  141. Salam Khanoome Anoushe,
    hope you are fine up there and doing well.Eshallah ke be salamati safaretoon tamam mishe va be zamin barmigardid vali azatoon khahesh mikonam ta mitoonid az oonja film va aks begirid va hatman baraye ma zaminiha biyarid va be nemayesh bezarid lotfan.
    dar zemn mogheye bargasht baraye hameye adama roo zamin va hatta khode zamin doa konid ke hamishe beshe solh be hame ja bargarde.
    Thans for readind my ccomment(well I hope you read)
    Ghorbane shoma
    Mohsen

    Comment by Mohsen — September 28, 2006 @ 11:20 am

  142. salam
    kheyli khoshhalam ke shoma on balaha hastin
    mikham begam age safar be faza arezoye bachegiye shoma bode ve khodaro shokr behesh residin man ye arezo az bachegi daram onam ine ke ye roz betonam babaye azizamo befrestam be ye safare fazaei chon on kheyli fazanavardi ro dost dare azaton mikham az on balaha ye doa kocholo vase manam bekonin movafagh va piroz bashi

    Comment by mohammad — September 28, 2006 @ 11:25 am

  143. thank who for Velcro®?

    Much as I enjoy and appreciate Anousheh Ansari’s groundbreaking (?) blog from the International Space Station the title one entry distracted a little from the contents: Thank God for Velcro. Velcro®, after all is purely man-made, with nothing re…

    Trackback by stereoroid.com — September 28, 2006 @ 11:42 am

  144. Dear Anousheh

    Thanks for sharing your experiance with us, one point is that you ENABLED the space agency to do its job. It does not cost them that much to send you up but you help for them to maintain all activitives. Good job.

    Second, I would really like to see that you put all of this in a book starting from when you were youg till when you landed.
    It would be great

    Yahya

    Lake Jackson, TX

    Comment by Yahya — September 28, 2006 @ 11:44 am

  145. خیلی به ایرانی بودنم افتخار میکنم حتما به ایران بیایید دارم از خوشحالی و هیجان گریم میگیره
    مصطفی- بابل

    Comment by سلام خانم انصاری — September 28, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

  146. be shoma eftekhar mikonam

    Comment by mostafa aghajani — September 28, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

  147. Salam..shoma ke dar neveshteye 14 september neveshtin ke dust darin moshgelato risheyi hal konid….lotfan ye kam az un poolhatuno be bachehaye badbakhte iran bedid ta dars bekhunand va unha ham betunand be royahashun beresan!!!harfatun faghat tojihe vase lezzate khodetun!

    Comment by Azad — September 28, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

  148. This is a must read for all school children in their science class!

    Even an old guy like me learned something.

    Hope you break the 25 second mark.

    Comment by Walt Calahan — September 28, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

  149. Dear Anousheh,
    I am a french writer and a compulsive reader. Throughout my life I’ve been reading a lot of SFi. As a matter of fact, it’s more or less how I tought myself English. But I’ve never been moved to tears as I am to day reading what you wrote in your blog. Because It’s real, because you are talentuously sharing it with us, because you are able to appeal to familiar and vivid images to make us understand what’s really going on out there, and because the work you do is respectfull of us down here, and you are damned good at communicating!
    I’m so happy that you are up there ! I feel so exhilarated by your undertaking! You are now part of History : not because you’ve won a war or discovered something. Just because you have created the first direct link between space and earth, reaching out everybody’s heart and soul, wherever they live… and given them the most you could of what you’ve been receiving.
    I deeply and warmly thank you for this.
    I send you my smile and my tears as yet another proof that you went the right path. For you truly have followed your innermost self, and the whole world is benefiting from your choice.

    Virginie Michelet, France.

    Comment by Virginie — September 28, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

  150. انوشه عزيز سلام:
    پيامم را فارسي مينويسم به اميد اينكه خودت بخوني و يادت باشه كه ما ايرانيها خيلي به فكرت هستيم و برايت ارزوي سلامتي ميكنيم.
    چون خودت قول داده بودي كه تموم پيامهاي ما را ميخوني؛اين دومين پيام من براي توست.
    باور كن از وقتي تو رفتي؛ هر روز به فكرت هستم كه الان در اونجا چگونه ميگذره؟
    احساس ميكنم روحم با توست و تمام نوشته هايت از فضا را با جان و دل درك ميكنم. باور كن اين يك واقعيته.
    هر چند درك نوشته هاي ترجمه شده برايم راحت تره.
    راستي جواب ايمل من رو كه شخصي برايت فرستادم يادت نره ؛منتظرش هستم.
    با ارزوي بهترين لحظات برايت
    احسان از بجنورد

    Comment by Ehsan Khoshdel — September 28, 2006 @ 2:01 pm

  151. Dear Anousheh,
    Thank you!

    Comment by Mohammad — September 28, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

  152. wow!
    Meanwhile back on earth, I heard six year old (BBND) singing to herself as she dressed…”Thank you Lord for giving us zips, thank you Lord for giving us Velcro, thank you Lord for giving us buttons…”.

    thank you

    Comment by mumalux — September 28, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

  153. از شما خواهش می کنم نوشته ی من را بخوانید.خانم انوشه انصاری من هم دختر دوازده ساله ای هستم که مانند شماکه وقتی بچه بودید ارزو دارم روزی به فضا سفر کنم.وقتی که خبر رفتن شما به فضا را شنیدم لب پنجره ی اتاقم رفتم و خیلی گریه کردم من به ستاره ها قول دادم که روزی من هم مانند شما به فضا بیایم و از ان بالا کره ی ابی بسیار زیبا را ببینم.من از وقتی این خبر را شنیده ام انگیزه پیدا کرده ام و مطالعه ام درمورد فضا بیشتر شده است.من دوست دارم وقتی بزرگ شدم اول برم رشته ی ریاضی از ریاضی برم فیزیک از فیزیک نجوم و دوست دارم دکترای نجوم بگیرم.من دوست دارم و ارزو می کنم مانند شما به ارزویم برسم.من هم مانند شما هر شب از پنجره ی اتاقم به بیرون نگاه می کنم و باستاره ها حرف می زنم.می خواستم اگر جواب میلم را دادید این که چطور در هنگام جوانیتان در خانه یتان شناور بوده اید را به من بگویید من هم خیلی دوست دارم این تجربه را امتحان کنم خیلی ممنون مشم اگه این لطف رو در حق من بکنی.خیلی دارم حرف می زنم نه.معذرت می خوام.از ته دل برای شما ارزوی موفقیت در همه ی کارهایتان را می کنم باید بگویم شما ادم خیلی موفقی هستید و معلوم است خدا شما را دوست دارد که به ارزوی همیشگیتان رسیده اید .موفق باشید مهدیه سعادت نیا دوازده ساله از مدرسه ی راهنمائی شاهد دخترانه ی کاشان

    Comment by Mahdieh — September 28, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

  154. Hi Anousheh joon,
    As much as we want you back on earth, I am sad that you are leaving the ISS today. I know your family desperately wants you back but we are all viacriously living through your blogs and it will be so sad not to hear about your experioences every day. I would hope that I would get to go one day but I know I will never pass the training (centrifuge)
    The kids in Amir Reza’s class in gave him a list of questions to ask you. You have inspired all of us to dream, Even first graders in Mrs. Marshalls class at Kensington Parkwood elementary.
    Have a safe flight back. May the force be with you!!!

    Comment by Mojgan & Amir Reza — September 28, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

  155. Dear Anousheh,

    I feel great to read about you. Thank you for sharing. I want my daughter to be just like you when she grows up!!!

    Based on what you told about the node and not able to move I have a serious question – Is it possible to move and get away by just exhaling air in a jet. The exhaled air moves in one direction – you move to the other – right! I hope its not too late to test this for me🙂

    Have a safe trip home.
    Greetings from Bulgaria.
    Ivan

    Comment by Ivan — September 28, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

  156. از شما خواهش می کنم نوشته ی من را بخوانید.خانم انوشه انصاری من هم دختر دوازده ساله ای هستم که مانند شماکه وقتی بچه بودید ارزو دارم روزی به فضا سفر کنم.وقتی که خبر رفتن شما به فضا را شنیدم لب پنجره ی اتاقم رفتم و خیلی گریه کردم من به ستاره ها قول دادم که روزی من هم مانند شما به فضا بیایم و از ان بالا کره ی ابی بسیار زیبا را ببینم.من از وقتی این خبر را شنیده ام انگیزه پیدا کرده ام و مطالعه ام درمورد فضا بیشتر شده است.من دوست دارم وقتی بزرگ شدم اول برم رشته ی ریاضی از ریاضی برم فیزیک از فیزیک نجوم و دوست دارم دکترای نجوم بگیرم.من دوست دارم و ارزو می کنم مانند شما به ارزویم برسم.من هم مانند شما هر شب از پنجره ی اتاقم به بیرون نگاه می کنم و باستاره ها حرف می زنم.می خواستم اگر جواب میلم را دادید این که چطور در هنگام جوانیتان در خانه یتان شناور بوده اید را به من بگویید من هم خیلی دوست دارم این تجربه را امتحان کنم خیلی ممنون میشم اگه این لطف رو در حق من بکنی.خیلی دارم حرف می زنم نه.معذرت می خوام.از ته دل برای شما ارزوی موفقیت در همه ی کارهایتان را می کنم باید بگویم شما ادم خیلی موفقی هستید و معلوم است خدا شما را دوست دارد که به ارزوی همیشگیتان رسیده اید .موفق باشید مهدیه سعادت نیا دوازده ساله از مدرسه ی راهنمائی شاهد دخترانه ی کاشان

    Comment by mahdieh — September 28, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  157. wow….your description of space really hit it for me and motivated me to work even harder to get this adventure of a lifetime. keep it up.

    Comment by Gaurav — September 28, 2006 @ 8:40 pm

  158. Dearest Anoushe,

    Welcome HOME, blessed ambassador of Peace!

    Thank you so much for letting us see space through your eyes…& for filling our hearts with joy with your beautiful descriptions of EARTH…this beautiful blue jewel hanging in the darkness of space…beauty beyond compare…& for your words of encouragement.

    Best wishes & many thanks to you, the ISS team and X-Prize.

    Comment by Blanca — September 29, 2006 @ 12:49 am

  159. Hi Anousheh!

    How does it feel to look around? How does the earth and other planets look like?

    Comment by Arnab Goswami — September 29, 2006 @ 6:06 am

  160. Welcome back
    Thank you as you again brought hope to Iranian homes and for young people.
    Reza

    Comment by Reza — September 29, 2006 @ 7:29 am

  161. […] azért ez a post, meg a többi is nemsemmi… milyen csicska témákról tud egyszerűen bárki írni ehhez képest? You forgot your book at the other side of the module, no problem… you ask someone close to it to send it to you … that means they pick it up and very gently push it toward you, and here it is… your book flying to you all the way from the other side. Your friend is having a candy and you ask if you can have some, so he gently throws a piece your way and it comes flying into your open mouth… (Kids please don’t try any of these in Gravity ) […]

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  162. خدا ان چیزیرا که تو می خواستی به تو داد
    آیا تو هم ان چیزی را که خدا می خواست به خدا دادی؟

    Comment by siyamak — September 29, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

  163. […] She also thanked God for the Velcro and discussed vividly her accounts on weightlessness, how difficult for her to keep a good hygiene in space, that funny little secret of losing a lip gloss and finding out the importance of her toes which were bruised from gripping bars along the walls of the space station. […]

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  164. Hello again from Tehran,

    Yet too many Velcros here that don’t let us be free and fly back to the Age of Innocence.

    If possible, please tell us what new knowledge you are bringing down with you from that world of calmness – if I can put it so because I think wherever no Man lives there’s peace.

    To you, great Anousheh, who feel pure love for the mankind like the people you met up there.

    Comment by Ehsan, Mahsa, Sasan, Ramin and ..... — September 29, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

  165. Hello again from Tehran,

    Yet too many Velcros here that don’t let us be free and fly back to the Age of Innocence.

    If possible, please tell us what new knowledge you are bringing down with you from that world of calmness – if I can put it so because I think wherever no Man lives there’s peace.

    To you, great Anousheh, who feel pure love for the mankind like the people you met up there.

    Comment by Mahsa — September 29, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

  166. Anousheh:

    Thank you for the vivid details of the little things that make living in space an adventure. It is wonderful to see such an eloquent writer express her experiences! It is the little things that people want to know more about: how to brush your teeth, how to fly, how to sit/stand/float, and have it communicated in a personal and friendly manner tht we know is from the heart.

    The Space Tourism Society commends you for inspiring millions of people and accelerating the day that more “regular” folks can fly into space. Poets and artists are needed on the ISS to communicate the emotion that is living on the space frontier.

    Samuel Coniglio
    Space Tourism Society

    Comment by Samuel Coniglio — September 29, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

  167. خانم انصاری خوشحالم از اينکه به سلامت برگشتی .
    من ايرانی هستم اما نميدانم به ايرانی بودن شما بايد افتخار کنم یا نه همواره اين سئوال برام بوده اگر شما ايران مي مانديد آيا باز هم به آرزوهايتان ميرسيديد؟ما افراد باهوش کم نداريم اما فکر ميکنيد چند نفر از آنها به آرزوهايشان ميرسند؟من به زن بودن شما افتخار ميکنم دنیا شمارا امريکايی ميشناسد و در سايت ناسا هم عنوان شده اگر روزی به ايران آمديد و با مشکلات اينجا باز هم موفق شديد آنوقت تبريک دارد

    Comment by Roya — September 30, 2006 @ 5:18 am

  168. همه و از جمله ایرانیها از بازگشت تو و نیز از سفر ادیسه وارت به کیهان شادمان هستند. تاریخ ارزش کار بزرگ تو را نشان خواهد داد. بگذریم. خواهشی از تو دارم. تو در زندگی خود ماجراهای بسیار داشته ای و کامرانی بسیار. تو راه دشوار سربلندی و کامیابی را با اراده آهنین پیموده ای. پس به همه بگو که جدا از ملیت و مذهب و زبان – که میراث تاریخند برای ما – هر کسی میتواند آنطور که تو اکنون می اندیشی بیاندیشد آرزوهای بزرگ داشته باشد و البته فراتر از اینها برای جهانی بدون زشتی و نفرت و جنگ و گرسنگی کار کند…. کارکند نه اینکه تنها آرزو کند.

    درود به تو که تا این اندازه بزرگ میاندیشی
    و درود به همه آنها که از خرد خود کمک میگیرند تا جهان را آباد کنند و انسانهای دیگر را نیز با خود همراه میکنند

    Comment by Ehsan — September 30, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

  169. Congratulations for your blog. But I don’t understand why people are writing here in arabish!! What does it mean? Can’t you write in english like everybody??

    Comment by William — September 30, 2006 @ 10:19 pm

  170. AWESOME!!!

    Comment by NKL — September 30, 2006 @ 10:39 pm

  171. I can only imagine what it would be like… to experience a true “once in a lifetime expierence” must be truly amazing. Your blogs are surreal… hope your final days are wonderful!

    Comment by Rick — September 30, 2006 @ 10:54 pm

  172. Zero Gravity Haiku for Anousheh

    weightlessness smells
    just like burnt almond cookies
    thank God for Velcro

    Comment by Sam from Puerto Rico — September 30, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

  173. Anoosheh jan,
    Thanks a lot for the wonderful vivid description of your experience. I found it very interesting. By the way, William, it is not arabic (or as you would say arabish)! This is Persian (Farsi) and those stuff written in Farsi are for Anoosheh, not for you!🙂

    Comment by Nima — September 30, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

  174. Dear Anousheh,

    As-salaam-ali-kum.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful, mind boggling experience and a special thank you for reminding me that Newtons laws of motion still apply during weightlessness.

    I’m looking forward to reading your entire memoirs.

    Comment by Imran S — September 30, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

  175. What a phenominal treat it is to read your blog. I’ve watched the video and oohed and ahhed. I will give this site to my students so they can learn how a good writer gives vivid images. Thank you from Spring, Texas USA.

    Comment by Julie Breaux-Bliss — September 30, 2006 @ 11:29 pm

  176. wow! Thank you for the vivid description I felt like I was there
    The sense of being able to fly is great !
    Best wishes!

    Comment by Mehwish — September 30, 2006 @ 11:32 pm

  177. Congratulations!

    Some have commented that spending the amount of money you have to travel into space is irresponsible and selfish. I disagree. That is, of course, if your experience serves to help others.

    If you work to make your experience somehow heal the rift between the US and Iran. To help show that Iranians and Americans aren’t that much different in many ways.

    If your trip helps to bring space travel closer to everyone. To promote the wonder of manned spaceflight as the acme of Man’s technological achievements. That space truly blurs international borders.

    If you work hard to use your experiences to inspire young people to greater things. To show that people from modest beginnings and surroundings can achieve great things.

    If you truly work to leverage your experiences for the good of us terrestrial-bound people and make them do some real good in the world, then your 20 Million Dollar space tour will be money well spent.

    If not, you bear a $20M burden of bad conscience. I have confidence you will do the right thing.

    Now the REAL journey begins! God Speed.

    Larry

    Comment by Larry — September 30, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

  178. welcome back
    How do you feel when you see our blue planet in dark space?

    Comment by soroush — September 30, 2006 @ 11:34 pm

  179. Anousheh,

    I am so glad that you are Iranian. Perhaps the fact that you are able to realize your dream and not bring politics into the equation, we might all learn something. You are an inspiration to everyone, not just women, not just Iranians. I am so glad that you realized your dream. Dreams are worth it. Do not change yourself to be what WE want. Speak in Arabish or whatever language you feel comfortable speaking in. The fact that you are able to make it into space proves that we can tolerate each other, given the desire. Now it is time to work on your next dream. GodSpeed, and welcome back. Thank you for being you and being willing to share that!
    Michael

    Comment by Michael Kammer — September 30, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

  180. hi anuosheh jan, first of all, its a pleasure writing you this and as an afghan im very proud of your achievements. i know you from iran but in this small and sometimes crazy planet i feel like you’re a family member of mine. any way dont worry about people not wanting any body to write in farsi or Dari (arabish lol) i guess Mr william does not understand that we live in a international planet not just english planet. have a save and wonderful trip and i hope that with expedtion like this we can come together as humans and put our small differences aside and work toward peace on earth, which is a beautiful place. so is the space

    Comment by Amal — September 30, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

  181. This blog is so cool. I’m learning so many practical things about space. Thanks for doing this!

    Comment by Nancy — October 1, 2006 @ 12:17 am

  182. Hello Anousheh!
    I’m very glad for you. Once upon a time I wanted to become an astronaut, but reality kicked in. I say go for it when you’ve got the means! All the best from Trinidad in the Caribbean.

    Comment by Lesley-Ann — October 1, 2006 @ 12:18 am

  183. Hey Anousheh,

    It sounds amazing to be up there in space. I hope someday to go as well (if I win the lottery..) Keep blogging I enjoy reading them.

    ~Graham
    Ontario, Canada

    Comment by Graham — October 1, 2006 @ 12:24 am

  184. Dear Anousheh,

    My name is Maya, I am 6 years old. I enjoyed hearing about you floating around, it sounds like fun. How much do you weigh in space on a scale? Are you zero pounds? Can you take a bite of the burnt almond cookie space?!

    Love,
    Maya

    Comment by Maya Holt — October 1, 2006 @ 12:40 am

  185. hi Anousheh.
    Congratilations ,im so happy to learn more throut your experience
    i’m proud of you , have good time
    kiss from Burkina faso west Africa
    David

    Comment by David (Daouda)Traore — October 1, 2006 @ 1:02 am

  186. Thank u for sharing ur space experience, i can’t help not to say
    how i wish i were you. You can write books for this wonderful experience! God bless!

    Comment by antonette from the Philippines — October 1, 2006 @ 1:46 am

  187. Bravo dukhtre Irani. God bless you

    Comment by Dr.Singh — October 1, 2006 @ 1:56 am

  188. God invented velcro? Duh, god did not invent velcro…a man did. It surprises me how intelligent people such as yourself can still believe in such a stupid idea as god. …We, as humans have a long way to go. (I’m drunk by the way)

    Comment by Chad Sullivan — October 1, 2006 @ 2:01 am

  189. Hey,

    I love to travel and after reading your blog, I am inspired to tak my interest to the next level. Thank you for sharing your experience!

    -Akbar

    Comment by Akbar Rizvi — October 1, 2006 @ 2:54 am

  190. Wow, I never really thought about some of the details involved in living with out gravity, and expecially the importance of velcro in outer space lol. Well, thanks for sharing all of that, it really made me smile! Oh, and I hope you find your lip gloss😀 Take care!

    Comment by Brooke — October 1, 2006 @ 4:29 am

  191. Thank you so much for sharing, this is obviuosly a dream come true. I hope to one day be in your position:)Until then I will gaze at the starz and dream…god bless

    Comment by Tina , USA — October 1, 2006 @ 4:42 am

  192. I love reading your descriptions of being in space, I had no idea that everyday things could be so difficult. You are very brave to go on such an adventure.

    Can’t wait to hear more about your journey.

    Burnt almond cookie, makes me want to start baking.

    Comment by Julie and John Smith — October 1, 2006 @ 5:28 am

  193. Hello Anousheh Ansari, I’ve always been interested in space (outer space). Thank you for your blog. You tell it like it is! The way you explained how things are in space. How you have to move around in detail. I would like to visit space, I just don’t like flying. I have never read, or heard of anyone mentioning that space smells like a burnt almond cookie. I know that being in water helps me to exercise. I have pool therapy. I wonder if being in space and moving around with joint pain could help someone like me?? Again, thank you so much!

    Comment by Michelle — October 1, 2006 @ 5:47 am

  194. Hi Anousheh,
    Loved Reading What you wrote. I really felt i was in space. And like Pierre said, when i was little , i read Tintin (exploration on the moon) and i felt one day i should go to space to experience this. I guess your gifted with this opportunity and Thanks for sharing your experiences with us🙂

    From India

    Comment by Namiz — October 1, 2006 @ 6:41 am

  195. ive always dreamed to float like that. and i have always took velcro for granted on earth, its such a strong tool there. wow. your a very lucky person! God bless you! and you do earth proud!

    kishie, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Comment by Kishie — October 1, 2006 @ 8:00 am

  196. Hi Anousheh,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. I have truly enjoyed reading your blog. It’s mind blowing to think that one could actually become stranded in the center of the ISS. One question, Is it possible to take a deep breath of air and expel it with enough force to propel you across the room?

    From Tampa, FL, USA

    Comment by Thomas Simms — October 1, 2006 @ 8:04 am

  197. Hi anousheh,
    Wow its sounds really amazing to be floating around in space,
    fascinating!! The experience that not everyone can have.
    i love travelling and adventuring but i have no money..
    can u send some money for me… so i can take some travel and adventure pleeeaseee……..
    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Comment by Susan, Indonesia — October 1, 2006 @ 9:34 am

  198. What an invaluable experience and how lucky you are to be the first woman tourist!! I found your blog very delightful and interesting. Your feelings and thoughts about space touch the hearts of people all over the world. Thank you for sharing the experience with us! Take care.

    Comment by From Kansas, USA — October 1, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

  199. تبریک می گم خوشحالم که به سلامت برگشتید

    Comment by niki — October 1, 2006 @ 4:58 pm

  200. I wish to share in your experience of space, as I have always wanted to be here myself. Reading your text is very nourishing. You are indeed quite fortunate and blessed. Congratulaions!

    I trully and really wish that every thing on earth would be as effortless as your account of space describes. Well done, and welcome back home. I pray that life on earth would continue as you experienced out there.

    Cheers,
    Omega Unogwu
    Abuja-Nigeria.

    Comment by Omega Unogwu — October 1, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

  201. Dear Space Cadet Ansari,

    Now you are back to Earth, relaxed and took rest, therefore time for ‘fun’ and celebrate the success with joy.

    All your blogging, experience and chatty style inspired lot of people in Space Science.

    Your lip-gloss story reminded me approximately 35 years old Bollywood (Indian Film Industry) very popular romantic filmy song

    “Jhumuka gira re, Barreily ke bazzar mai, mera jhumuka gira re”

    (My peaky-sound-making-earring suddenly fallen at Barreily Bazaar. Film heroin was very gently and suddenly touched ‘near’ her head by film hero, and because of that sudden ‘push’ her earring fallen. Barreily is a place in Uttar Pradesh, near Delhi – India)

    Someone better in Indian Cinema history could chip-in and build on it.

    Well, I feel someone from Bollywood may compose another Cute , Vivid and ‘fast’ song on “my lip-gloss”, while visualizing your words or expression like ‘.. open the zipper and take one out…/ flying out … Shhhh / Velcro / Lip Gloss / floating not flowing”.

    Have fun & Enjoy the Change.

    With Best Wishes,

    V K Agarwal
    Dubai (City of Gold, and home of Emirates Airline!).

    Comment by V K Agarwal, Dubai — October 2, 2006 @ 8:41 am

  202. Dear Anousheh,

    Your story was fascinating. Some day when I grow up I’m going to take a vacation and have training, and float and fly. Like you!

    Does it embarass you if you make a mistake in front of all of the other astronauts? Good luck on your next space trip!

    – Yashodhan
    California
    Grade 3

    Comment by Yashodhan — October 3, 2006 @ 5:09 am

  203. You Go Yashodhan! Comments on this story now closed — come along into the future.

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 4, 2006 @ 1:35 am


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