Anousheh Ansari Space Blog

September 18, 2006


Filed under: Orbit,space-launch — by X PRIZE @ 4:20 am

Soyuz is safely into orbit! Hooray!


  1. yeahh!!finally..thanks peter for the update. i’m not able to watch it live as i’m working rite now (malaysian time 12.30 pm)
    hope she’ll reach the ISS safely.


    Comment by fadzilah — September 18, 2006 @ 4:27 am

  2. I am waching onlineeeeeeee
    thats great
    what happen if she spoke Farsi just for a while…even just says SALAAM……….

    Comment by ronak — September 18, 2006 @ 4:27 am

  3. Congrat…
    I Saw, It was wonderful.
    And Also I saw Anousheh and her report. Wish the best for her
    Wish the best for the people like her who are thinking about the future.

    Comment by Soleiman — September 18, 2006 @ 4:27 am

  4. I saw the whole thing and it was beautiful. Congratulation, Anousheh and your family. Wish you the best from Dallas. You made everyone around the world proud.

    Comment by Shahed — September 18, 2006 @ 4:27 am

  5. Beautiful and smooth launch. Well done Soyuz crew and good luck and enjoy the ride.

    Comment by Brian Warner — September 18, 2006 @ 4:29 am

  6. Thats so interesting

    Comment by ronak — September 18, 2006 @ 4:29 am

  7. Hooray!
    Was amazing to watch it all live on 🙂

    Have a great trip Anousheh!

    Comment by Jonathan — September 18, 2006 @ 4:29 am

  8. That was perfect! 🙂 Vewry nicely done.I enjoyed every moment of it. The shot of the spacecraft in flight from below showing the engines forming a bright star was poignant.

    Muinde JK

    Dallas TX

    Comment by Muinde Kithome — September 18, 2006 @ 4:29 am

  9. Congratulations 🙂

    Comment by Babak Mohit — September 18, 2006 @ 4:30 am

  10. Yeahh, congratulations and smooth orbiting! Don’t get bored.

    Comment by Arnulf — September 18, 2006 @ 4:30 am

  11. What a marvelous sight to see Anousheh get suited up and meet the press and ride the bus and take the elevator into Soyuz and then finally blast off into space! The thrill and anxiety of waiting and watching as the rockets did their job and Anousheh did hers….and she seems to be reading something???? What is it? And CNN covered the launch perfectly on time – 12:09 am EST it took off and CNN was on a few minutes later talking about Anousheh and how she said she would prevent motion sickness by singing “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music and reciting math calculations. And just in case, there is a barf bag to use her term inside the suit!

    It feels so intimate. So real. So powerful.

    Thank you all!


    Susan Davis
    Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship

    Comment by Susan Davis — September 18, 2006 @ 4:31 am

  12. Many congratulations Anousheh. As an Iranian, I’m so proud of you and what you have done! Can’t wait to hear/read about your space experience.

    Comment by Ali — September 18, 2006 @ 4:31 am

  13. We are with you in thought and prayers! What a ride.

    Comment by Paul in Nevada — September 18, 2006 @ 4:36 am

  14. Congratulations! Have a wonderful trip and know that you make all of us proud. Women of the world salute you, thank you for your courage, and expand their dreams.

    Comment by Joan Westerlund — September 18, 2006 @ 4:37 am

  15. !! WoW !!

    Comment by Farhad — September 18, 2006 @ 4:37 am

  16. Gongradulations! Take care of your self and we look forward to welcome on you on the earth, Movafagh baashi, cheers

    Comment by Kayvan — September 18, 2006 @ 4:37 am

  17. Congratulations on a successful launch!

    Comment by Shawn Starr — September 18, 2006 @ 4:38 am

  18. our thoughts are with you. don’t forget to do a superman in ISS 🙂 (inside joke) Have a safe trip.

    Comment by Zod — September 18, 2006 @ 4:43 am

  19. It was great to watch the launch. The inside camera didn’t show her a lot though. By the way watching and hearing Anousheh’s mom by the bus knocking on the window reminded me traveling by bus from one of the intercity bus terminals in downtown Tehran. That was really cute. 🙂

    Comment by Mo — September 18, 2006 @ 4:44 am

  20. salam
    hal shoma
    tabrik migam
    shoma bari ma iranian dar donia maya aftakhar hastian
    ba omid pirozi shoma dar tamam marah zandagi

    Comment by barbod — September 18, 2006 @ 4:46 am

  21. Hello
    Congratulation ,I`m proud of you ( Dear Anooshe Ansari )as an Iranian girl .

    Comment by Nafiseh Stanford — September 18, 2006 @ 4:46 am

  22. Congradulation Ahousheh, you are a great woman, pionneering trough your challenging goal, a new vision for the future of women in space.

    Comment by Jules — September 18, 2006 @ 4:46 am

  23. Hooray doesn’t even begin to do justice to such an event and leader’s accomplishment! Amazing, WOW – Way to Go major X prize contributor.

    Comment by Sanjay — September 18, 2006 @ 4:46 am

  24. Anousheh, congratulating you for setting a milestone in the history of mankind. I am from a less privilezed country and I believe that peoplel like me will be inspired by the success of yours. Wish you good luck and a safe return.


    Comment by Nasser — September 18, 2006 @ 4:49 am

  25. سلام به شما
    بسیار خوشحال هستم که این خبر رو شنیدم
    من همین حالا از طریق تلویزیون ایران دیدم
    به شما بسیار تبریک می گم که توانستید این کار را انجام دهید
    شما مایعه افتخار ایرانیان در دنیا هستید
    به امید پیروزی شما در تمام مراحل زندگی

    Comment by barbod — September 18, 2006 @ 4:49 am

  26. Congratulation!
    Fly safe, stay safe and come back safe.
    Wish you the best.

    Comment by Arash Sayah — September 18, 2006 @ 4:54 am

  27. Congratulations, all property!

    Comment by Rolf — September 18, 2006 @ 4:54 am

  28. All our thoughts and best wishes from the UK-NISA project and the Cambridge Atmospheric Carbon Action Group go with you in your great adventure. You are taking another giant step towards opening up the space frontier and winning eventual open access to space for all those who share your dream.

    Please accept our congratulations on all that you have achieved to get to where you are and best wishes that your entire mission goes as perfectly as the launch.

    Comment by philip slater — September 18, 2006 @ 4:54 am

  29. Hello Mrs ansari,

    First of all CONGRATUALTION!GOOD LUCK in your travel to space!

    I’m glad to be first Iranian person that tell you congratulation thence you go to space !!!

    I have a weblog that I uploaded many pictures of shahcheragh there.Shahcheragh is a holy shrine in shiraz,Please check it.I hope you please from shahcheragh photos.You can download many pictures from a link there.please check that link



    Comment by Amir Hossein Estakhrian — September 18, 2006 @ 5:02 am

  30. Congratulations

    Comment by shahram laghaee — September 18, 2006 @ 5:07 am

  31. cogradulationes

    Comment by shahram laghaee — September 18, 2006 @ 5:10 am

  32. I watched the launch (here @midnight EST in US). Amazing feat ! Congrats!
    May all the gods bless u and give u a long life to be an inspiration to the humanity. You are a poster child for any Iranian or for any third world women.

    btw did NASA let u have the Iranian flag patch on ur suit ? if they didnt they are stupid. I dont know why this (US) government didn’t use you to push the message of freedom (esp to poke the oppressive regimes). I believe they should.
    am amazed by the ease with which the astranauts/ground crew steer these launch vehicles.
    Anousheh ! You are awesome. keep up ur great work.

    Comment by Sriram the (Asian) Indian — September 18, 2006 @ 5:23 am

  33. *note* apologies to the non-English commenters — Ground Ops Linguistics Department is at a big party in Texas 😉

    Comment by X PRIZE — September 18, 2006 @ 5:36 am

  34. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You SO deserve the view you’re enjoying right now. Can’t wait to read your reports from orbit. Give the UK a wave as you pass over us, ok?

    Comment by Stuart Atkinson — September 18, 2006 @ 5:38 am

  35. Dear Anousheh, As a kid who saw the moon landing on our black & whie TV in Tehran I never saw the night sky the same way again, sleeping on the roof as we used to in the summer as stare at stars untill I’d fall asleep.

    You have realized a dream of mine, it is as if my sister has gotten to go the the journey I alwyas dreamt of and I am filled with joy and so proud you and how you have been true to your dreams and how through our admiration and appreciation, in a way you have taken us with you.

    Once again I look up and see the night sky as never before
    Godspeed and comeback with a full heart.

    Hamished Movafagh Bashi

    Comment by Ardai — September 18, 2006 @ 6:30 am

  36. سلام
    از اينكه شما به ارزوي ديرينتون رسيدين خيلي خوشحالم….
    ورود شما به فضا براي ما ايرانيان خيلي خيلي هيجان انگيز بود ….
    از اين كه اين وبلاگ رو راه انداختين ،خيلي خيلي متشكرم…
    اميدوارم كه از ايستگاه فضايي هم بتونيد اين وبلاگ رو به روز كنيد تا همه ما ايرانيهاو مردم جهان هم به نوبه خودشون در لخظه لحظه سفرتون شريك باشيم…
    ما رو بي خبر نذارين
    با ارزوي موفقيت

    Comment by Ali Reza Pur gholam ali nezhad — September 18, 2006 @ 6:33 am

  37. Dear AA … You did it! As Janos Arany said “in dreams and in love there are no impossibilities”. Everyone on The World sends their congratulations.

    Mad Rabbit

    Comment by Kate — September 18, 2006 @ 7:10 am

  38. Well! That’s great! (: I am eagerly waiting for your reports.

    Comment by Amir massoud Farahmand — September 18, 2006 @ 7:18 am

  39. woooooaaaaa!
    I want to go in space! :°(


    buona fortuna, salutami il mondo da lassù!
    quando passi sopra l’Italia, fai un pensierino per noi poveri insetti di superficie…

    Greetings from Italy!

    Comment by =NiL= — September 18, 2006 @ 8:40 am

  40. Congratulations!
    Great to see that this can also happen as a positive sign to the Iranian people. They must be proud at home that you achieved this.
    Hopefully, more people will follow you to do research for the better mankind.

    Comment by Henk Cruijssen — September 18, 2006 @ 9:38 am

  41. Fantastic! I am so glad you made it!

    Can’t wait to read or hear your reports about your first look at the views from “up there”!

    Give us a wave as you go pass: If you see an alien looking creature staring at the sky from North London, that’s me!!!! :):)

    Comment by David — September 18, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

  42. hello and cogratulation
    i amfrom golpaygan iran
    خدا کند ایران هم بیایی

    Comment by marjan — September 18, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

  43. Great! Greatest of all inspirations! You showed to the world that anyone can follow own dream :)) Thank You.

    Comment by imejl99 — September 18, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

  44. یا سلام
    بسیار بسیار خوشحال شدم وقتی دیدم توانستین بر آرزوی دوران کودکی خودتون برسید.
    امیدوارم در تمام مراحل زندگیت.ون موفق باشید .

    شما مصداق کامل این جمله اید که :ایرانی اگر بخواهد می تواند

    Comment by علیرضا سیفی — September 18, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

  45. سلام من و دیگر دوستدارانتون از کویر ایران قبول فرماید
    می بینید ما همیشه دعا گوی شما عزیزان خواهیم بود
    و از خداوند توفیقات بیشتر برای شمنا عزیزان را خواستاریم.
    امیدوارم به شما خوش بگذره
    و این نکته رو بدونید که ما هیچوقت از یاد شما که برای ما غرور ملی می اورید و باعث افتخار ما هستید از یاد نمی بریم .

    برادر کوچک شما علیرضا از کویر ایران زمین

    Comment by alireza — September 18, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

  46. Dear Anousheh,
    I am overjoyed to see that by achieving your dreams you have also fullfilled the dreams of many other of your countrymen and women. You are a true inspiration to the world, especially to all of us Iranians, and I am so very proud of you. I wish you much happiness and a safe journey back home.

    Arezooye pirouzi va kamyabi hamishegiat ra daram.


    Comment by Roshanak Mehdibeigi — September 18, 2006 @ 2:36 pm

  47. Congratulations! Have a wonderful journey and a safe landing, Anousheh!

    Comment by Cem Basman — September 18, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

  48. Anousheh, we were watching, you can’t imagine how much stress we had at that moment. we are so happy for you and wish you come back safe and sound.

    Kamran, Mona, Mahrouz from Iran

    Comment by Kamran — September 18, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

  49. سلام انوشه خانم انصاری
    از اون بالا
    به خورشید خانوم
    و به ماه تابان
    سلام برسون
    با ارزوی سفری خوش
    و سرشار از موفقییت

    Comment by ali — September 18, 2006 @ 8:39 pm

  50. Anousheh jaan, Iranians around the world are very much proud of your accomplishments on the ground and in orbit! This occasion gives the girls and women around the world much hope. Well done!

    Comment by Garsha — September 18, 2006 @ 10:23 pm

  51. Bonjour,

    j’espère que votre prestation sera interprétée comme égalité et entente entre tous les peuples…

    Bien à vous,

    Comment by patrice demeyer — September 18, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

  52. !سلامی از یک ایرانی به دختری آسمانی

    جمالت آفتاب هر نظر باد ز خوبی روی هوبت خوبتر باد
    بر خود ببال که با عزم جزم و همت عالی و طبع بلندت بار دیگر نام تا ابد جاوید ایران را زنده کرده ای و مردم جهان را و تاریخ را انگشت به دهان خود گذاشته ای تا از یاد نبرند که خون کوروش کبیر هم چنان در رگ و پی جان آنها جریان دارد و هرگاه که گوی توفیق دست داده است و
    کمر همت بسته اند چرخ نیلوفری را به زیر آورده اند
    این پایین که جز آدم و آهن چیزی پیدا نمیشه… ببین میتونی اون بالا مالا ها چیز جدیدی پیدا کنی
    حتما می تونی

    سفرت پر ثمر و ماندگار

    نیما از نصف جهان ، اصفهان

    Comment by Nima — September 19, 2006 @ 12:40 am

  53. I wish the best for the lady of our own era that will inspire young girls as well as any human being! . . .Safe Landing back home! is also our concern!

    Comment by Bijan Fard — September 19, 2006 @ 3:38 am

  54. این فوق العاده ست …

    Comment by azade — September 19, 2006 @ 11:29 am

  55. انوشه جان سلام:خيلي دوست دارم وقتي بزرگ شدم مثل شما فضانورد بشم
    دوستت دارم
    مهسا از اهواز

    Comment by mahsa — September 19, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

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