Anousheh Ansari Space Blog

September 9, 2006

Phone calls from space

Filed under: Personal Spaceflight — by Peter @ 4:40 am

I’ve just departed Los Angeles this morning en route to Isle of Man (UK) to attend the Board meeting of the International Space University (ISU). Anousheh very graciously agreed to make a few special phone calls during her precious orbital downlink opportunities. One of these calls will be to the student body of the ISU. Another will go to the student body of MIT, and one more to Google employees at the Googleplex where fellow X PRIZE Board Member Larry Page will have a chance to say hello.

Speaking of phone calls, I have say that Anousheh is quite the trouper. She’s a member of the X PRIZE Foundation’s Executive Committee, which meets monthly by telephone to discuss management issues like where X PRIZE should be focusing, the status of prizes, etc. We had our monthly call scheduled for yesterday morning (Pacific time) and even while in quarantine out in Baikonur, Anousheh still joined the call, at 11 p.m. local time in Kazakhstan. I wonder if we can get her to call in from orbit? (just kidding).

I have to say that as her launch date approaches, I’m turning green with envy! Unfortunately the slip in the launch date from Sept 14th to the 18th makes it impossible for me to attend Anousheh’s launch. I’ve heard absolutely amazing stories about watching a Soyuz launch live in person. You are so close you can feel the blast of heat from the engines, not five miles away like at Kennedy Space Center.

It was my pleasure this morning to introduce Anousheh via email to NASA Associate Administrator Rex Geveden, who will be the senior NASA representative at the Soyuz launch, and present for her landing and recovery. Congrats to Rex, NASA and the rest of the team for getting Shuttle off just in time!

-Peter (somewhere over the Atlantic en route to Isle of Man)


  1. Salam Anousheh,.
    ma be didim , koli keif kardim ,safare por az movaffaghiat ro barat arezoo mikonim , salameh ma ro be hameh setareh ha beresoon , doto eftekhar mikonim , man ham seneh to hastam va emshab mosahebeh to ro az t.v ba pesaram set darim .

    [ Hello Anousheh
    I saw your interview and I enjoyed it a lot. I wish you a successful trip. Say hello to all the stars from our part. We are proud of you. I’m the same age as you. I saw your interview tonight with my son.]

    Comment by fataneh_karimzadeh — September 13, 2006 @ 10:19 pm

  2. Salam Anousheh,
    behtarin arezooha ro barat darim .emshab mosahebeh to dar t.v dar IRAN pakhsh shod . koli keif kardim va koli ham maghror shodim , be hameh setareh ha salameh ma ro beresoon .

    [hello Anousheh
    We wish you best. Tonight Iran T.V broadcast showed your interview. We enjoyed a lot and became very proud of you. Say hello to stars from our part.]

    Comment by fataneh_karimzadeh — September 13, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

  3. Salam Anousheh jan,
    doost dashtam ke in matn ro be farsi barat benevisam,kheyli khoshhalam ke be arezoot miresi va eftekhar mikonam ke be in mosaferat miri,in arezooye hamishegie man boode ke betoonam be faza beram amma khoshhalam ke mibinam yek irani be in arezoo reside,barat doa mikonam va barat arezooye movaffaghiyat mikonam dar hameye karhat,omidvaram ke be salamt beri va bargardi va bishtarin estefade va lezzat ro az in safar bebari.

    Best wishes,

    [Hi dear Anousheh,
    I wanted to write this in Persian. I am very happy you are going to this trip, your dream trip… this is my dream too. But I’m glad to see that it’s an Iranian who is making this. I pray for you and wish you luck. I wish you a safe trip and enjoy every moment of it.]

    Comment by Amin Bagheri — September 14, 2006 @ 9:17 am

  4. I am very glad to hear that.I see everything about you’r works they are great.I did’nt go to university but I like astronomy very much.Talk about space and living in spaceshuttle more.
    I wish you the best things.

    Comment by Hossin Ahmadi — September 14, 2006 @ 9:48 am

  5. انوشه عزيز سلام
    ديشب مصاحبه شما را با برنامه آسمان شب تلويزيون ايران ديديم
    حدود يك سال هست كه برنامه هاي شما را دنبال مي كنم
    خوشحالم كه مي توانم از اين راه براي شما بنويسم
    ما هم به اندازه شما هيجان زده هستيم و منتظر ديدن و شنيدن موفقيتهاي بعدي شما در فضا هستيم
    به وجود شما افتخار مي كنيم
    و برايتان سفري بي خطر و پر بار را آرزو مي كنيم

    [Hi dear Anousheh,
    I saw your interview last night. It’s about one year I’m following your news and I’m very happy now I can write to you. We’re very excited and waiting for your success in space! We’re proud of you.I wish you a safe trip…]

    Comment by Mehrnaz Ansari — September 14, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

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