Anousheh Ansari Space Blog

September 20, 2006

Safe Onboard the Station

Filed under: International Space Station — by X PRIZE @ 8:39 am

Anousheh floats in — to the outpost of space exploration — wearing her Ansari X Prize hat!


  1. Hooray!

    Congratulations! This day (Wednesday, September 19th, 2006 equls to Shahrivar 29th, 1385) must be recorded in history as the first walk on non-ground object by Anousheh! I wish I could see it online (or at least live) but here in Iran we have no proper access to those channels….but be sure our souls are beating with you and for you. Take care!

    Comment by Farhad — September 20, 2006 @ 8:53 am

  2. Are the times UTC or a local time zone?

    Comment by John O'Leary — September 20, 2006 @ 9:17 am

  3. dear anoushe we are so proud of you. all iran is praying for your safe return. you are a big inspiration not only for iranian women but also for your male compatriots as well. love and take care. bon voyage

    Comment by pullniro — September 20, 2006 @ 9:29 am

  4. In Spanish:
    Animo y adelante. Conseguir un sueño es tenerlo todo.

    In English:
    I animate ahead and. To obtain a dream is to have it everything.

    A warm greeting from the Earth.
    Jose Antonio Vico

    Comment by javico — September 20, 2006 @ 9:34 am

  5. khodara shokr ke be salamati residi omidvarim ke to ra dar zamin khandan bebinim. mohammad

    Comment by mohammad — September 20, 2006 @ 9:45 am

  6. What a graceful moment…

    Comment by Ebrahim — September 20, 2006 @ 9:46 am

  7. Yes! It was great to see her on NASA TV! This is going to be an exciting week!

    Comment by spacetourismsociety — September 20, 2006 @ 9:49 am

  8. We are glued to the screen, waiting for the Iranian flag! Please?

    Comment by Kaveh — September 20, 2006 @ 9:50 am

  9. Great to hear, that everything seems to work as planned!
    I like to see, that space tourism is make steps toward something, that more people can achieve. I wish Anousheh and the whole crew all the best and that the rest of their mission will proceed as the fist days.

    Best wishes,

    Comment by Sandro — September 20, 2006 @ 9:57 am

  10. One of the most beautiful sights I’ve witnessed. Indelible, unfizzling inspiration! No sleep for me tonight. Anousheh has
    s t r e t c h e d us all!

    Anousheh, The hatch opening and your arrival is one of the most beautiful things I have witnessed in my life.

    You made manifest and personalize what it truly means to be human: the power to dream, to envision, and to apply reason and intelligence! and, crowning this, the power to love and wonder in the name of all humanity.

    The beauty of your gratitude and appreciation is a humbling joy, it crowns your excellence, your outstanding achievements!

    You, a girl who wondered what the stars held, are in Space. At 3:34 central time, the hatch opened, and the world watched your welcome as your boarded the ISS. The first private female space explorer. Visionary, entrepeneur. And your first communication transmitted from Space? “I would not be here without you.”

    My wish tonight is the everyone on Earth will copy that. Because your words are really the truth about all of us.

    Our future and well being is interdependent. The astronaut’s view is the gift of recognition that we are all human beings on a beautiful planet in an vast unknown that beckons us to embrace and discover it! Thank you for the gift!

    Anousheh Ansari, we copy.

    Thank you. The stars are speaking your name tonight, whispering it with the names of those who serve the best.

    Kudos, admiration, profound joy at your personal exhilaration, good wishes to infinity!

    Vanna Bonta

    Comment by Vanna Bonta — September 20, 2006 @ 10:13 am

  11. and Congratulations to All! The ISS crew, Expedition 14 crew, Mission Control in Korolev, Dr. Peter Diamandis, X Prize Foundation and all those, you know who you are… you give us wings.

    Your hearts are beating any chance humanity has for Tomorrow into existence.

    May I always thank you by being true to the best!!

    Vanna Bonta

    Comment by Vanna Bonta — September 20, 2006 @ 10:24 am

  12. Dear Anousheh
    Congratulation to you!
    It must be wonderfull, to reach such a goal!

    Anke from Germany, living in Tehran

    Comment by Anke Zindler — September 20, 2006 @ 10:35 am

  13. Personal Comments: Well done girl…you’ve shown that what men had always done with pride, women can do with greater pride…I am more than proud of you…please teach women who lazy around allowing men to exploit them in every way that you’re different..

    Political Comment: This shows you can transcend two ‘useless’ enemies i.e. US and Iran and show that you can make use of what both of them have given you to launch yourself into the future, while both keep fighting each other, you’ve shown that ‘the people are far different from politics’

    Economic Comment: You’ve spent a lot of money to achieve your dream, I would like you to use your great imagination to recoup the money…well I won’t be your adviser concerning that since I’m not a financial adviser but only a computer scientist and space enthusiast following every spaceflight events for the past 20 years

    Comment by Akin — September 20, 2006 @ 10:36 am

  14. […] The Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft carrying Anousheh Ansari successfully docked with the ISS early Wednesday, and Ansari and her Soyuz crewmates boarded the station a few hours later. As an unbylined post on her space blog notes, she floated into the station weaning an X Prize cap (see this photo of the combined crews on the ISS.) […]

    Pingback by Personal Spaceflight » Ansari on the station — September 20, 2006 @ 10:46 am

  15. Hello,

    Have a nice trip. I am really happy for your success to be
    the first Iranian woman turist on ISS space station. Hopes see more such Iranian successful people, and I am really proud of you.

    Best Regards, Farshad Zohouri

    Comment by Farshad Zohouri — September 20, 2006 @ 10:51 am

  16. hi ms Ansari
    iam very glad for safely passenger to iss
    i am evry day and night by internet tv fallow your program.
    باور کنید چنین احساس غروری را تابحال در خودم احساس نکرده بودم واز روزی که زندگی نامه شما را مطالعه کردم یک سرمشق در زندگی من شدید وکل افکار من را تغییر داد.
    به امید سفری پر بار وبی خطر

    Comment by ali reza yazdanpnah — September 20, 2006 @ 10:58 am

  17. Today 20 of September to 0 hours GMT I have seen you in the sky, one sees the Atlantis and the ISS clearly furrowing the skies on my head. Very pretty show. AJP

    Comment by Armando — September 20, 2006 @ 11:13 am

  18. Hi Anousheh,
    Congrats on reaching the ISS! Looking forward to your first post from the station, and hope you’re feeling well.
    Best Wishes from a sunny last summer day in Switzerland,
    American in Zurich

    Comment by Alysa Kodisch — September 20, 2006 @ 11:39 am

  19. Hoooooray
    رسیدن به خیر

    Comment by بهنام — September 20, 2006 @ 11:47 am

  20. finally !….you have reached your goal out there in space…
    have a successfull and exiting week at the iss Anousheh.

    we wish you and all crewmembers at the station all the best on these days of the mission


    Comment by michael may — September 20, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

  21. خوش بایدت این لحظه هایی که در آن رویاهای کودکیت شکوفه زده اند! باور کن شب آغاز پروازت را با یاد لحظه های تو و همراه احساسی غریب تا پاسی از شب بیدار بودم. آفرین به تو دختر ایرانی که خواستن را به توانستن پیوند زدی!به همسرت و خانواده ات صمیمانه تبریک می گویم

    Comment by Mehrazin — September 20, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

  22. Félicitations Anousheh!

    You have achieved the first stage of your trip to the moon! Can you imagine how exciting it will be when you are only temporarily stopping at an orbiting space station so you can transfer to the Lunar Shuttle…

    Enjoy your nine days in space and spend some quiet time just looking outside at Earth, absorbing the panoramic view and fixing it firmly in your mind. Consider choosing some aromatic hot drink or other aromatic pleasant item that you have on board to associate with that magnificent view. Then when you are back on earth, that scent will bring back the memory clear and bright.


    Bob Waldron

    Comment by Bob Waldron — September 20, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

  23. Welcome to space, Anousheh. Enjoy every moment.

    Watching you float in to the ISS made my family smile. You’re an inspiration to all on Earth. Live your dream.

    Comment by Patch Perryman — September 20, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

  24. Congratulations on your arrival at ISS. as a 6th grade science teacher I encourage both my boys and girls to study hard in science and to learn as much as possible. Your achievements and support of exploration is admirable.
    continued success.

    John Vining St. Vincent School Mount Vernon OH USA

    Comment by John Vining — September 20, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

  25. Congratulations;)

    Comment by Niloofar — September 20, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

  26. anoushe, we are all watching you day and night. in the office, at home, even in coffeshops. while we are working we watch nasa tv. these two day me and my friends were following your trip moment by moment. i’m living in dubai, while i was chatting with my friend in sweden, i found out that he is following your trip day and night too! this nasa tv is good!.
    دوربین همون بقل هست. بعضی وقتا برامون دست تکون بده. خیلی آدما دارن تماشات می کنن.

    Comment by ali — September 20, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

  27. Congratulations – it must be an incredible feeling – I would love to be there too – maybe one day! Enjoy your stay – and gives us a wave going over Australia. 🙂 TD.

    Comment by Terry Daniel — September 20, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

  28. شما باعث افتخار ما ایرانيها هستين
    خدا به همراهتون.

    Comment by رضا — September 20, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

  29. Congratulations!! Enjoy your time up there. will be following your blog. stay safe.susan

    Comment by Susan Riechman — September 20, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

  30. Congrats to you and your team! I’m following your blog daily and discussing your journey with everyone I know – as if you were family!! I will never see the earth from your point of view (in my lifetime) so please take lots of pictures for us who are living our dreams through you! Have a wonderful time and know that you have many friends cheering you on!

    Comment by Amy — September 20, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

  31. خانم انصاري عزيز
    به شما افتخار مي كنم و سفري بي خطر و به ياد ماندني را برايتان آرزو مي كنم. اميدوارم به زودي شما را در ايران عزيز ببينم.

    Comment by امين — September 20, 2006 @ 12:40 pm

  32. I hope that your mission is successful and that you will come back to earth safely. I am planning to celebrate your arrival with family and friends,


    Comment by Behnaz Yamini — September 20, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

  33. سلام بر افتخار در زمین و فضا و در ایران و آمریکا و در دنبا
    با شما از طریق تلویریون VOA آشنا شدم آدرس سایت شما را آنها اعلام کردند و من جزو بازدید کنندگان سایت شما شدم من در تهران هستم و هم اکنون شما در فضا امیدوارم به سلامت بازگردید تا در مورد مسائلی با شما گفتگو کنم موفق باشیدوسر بلند. مصظفی از تهران

    Comment by mostafa azbehani — September 20, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

  34. Congratulations,
    what a wonderful experience to float in the space…
    I’m so glad for you…
    From Paris,

    Comment by Arno — September 20, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

  35. I am very happy for you. It couldn’t happen to a more beautiful, intelligent woman.

    Say, seen any UFOs yet?? 😉

    Comment by An Admirer — September 20, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

  36. Go Anousheh! Go X-Prize! Welcome to the Space Station.

    Comment by Jack Kennedy — September 20, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

  37. Hi Anousheh, How is your first day on the Station? Is it crowded or is it easy to share such a small space with so many other people?

    What was the Launch like? I was impressed with the amount of video we were able to watch during the assent. What is the story behind the stuffed animal hanging in the capsule?

    I think it is great you are able to Blog from orbit and hopefully this will help maintain public interest in the Space Program. Sadly public interest always fades when things are going well and when interest fades the money and support from Washington seems to fade too. Thanks for your and your families efforts in Space travel.

    Tim in Columbus Ohio

    Comment by TiminColumbusOhio — September 20, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

  38. ممنون از اینکه واسمون دست تکون دادی
    بگو چه احساسی داری؟
    زیاد عکس بگیر از اون بالا
    وای چقد خوشحالم

    Comment by ali — September 20, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

  39. Bonjour Anousheh,

    Je suis français, je ne sais pas si tu parles ma langue, sinon la prochaine fois, je t’enverrais un mail en anglais. C’est fantastique ce que tu fais, mais c’est mérité également. Tu es tres belle, dans le ciel, tu ressembles réellement à une étoiles; commes les astres qui t’entourent.
    félicitations encore, tu es une grande femme.

    Comment by Alain — September 20, 2006 @ 12:59 pm

  40. One giant leap for women-kind. Hopes and prayers for a safe return.

    Comment by AJ Silverman — September 20, 2006 @ 1:02 pm

  41. Congratulations! And a hug for Miguel from Spain, we’re proud of you.

    Comment by Madrid — September 20, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

  42. Dear Ms. Ansari,

    Kudos to you for your bravery and inspiration. I have always felt strongly that space should be for everyone and that eventually we will strive towards exploring space as individuals. One question: Will you be videotaping any of your experience while in space?

    I hope that one day that there will be a competition for the “first filmmaker” to go into space. I would absolutely sign up.

    Safe travels,

    Amy Gerber-Stroh
    Professor of Film and Video Studies
    George Mason University
    Fairfax, Virginia

    Comment by Amy Gerber-Stroh — September 20, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

  43. سلام. رسيدن بخير خانم انصاري.شما درس اراده و استقامت و رسيدن به آرزوهاي بزرگ را به ما داديد.به اميد ديدار شما در زمين.خدانگهدار

    Comment by gholamreza khajehali — September 20, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

  44. hi ms. ansari
    i am really happy. infact all of iranians are happy.
    all of iranians will celeberate on honor of you.
    good luck in your life and on your job.
    a science lover,leila

    Comment by leila — September 20, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

  45. CONGRATULATIONS! You look like you’re having a wonderful time. Have fun!

    Comment by Mark Lopa — September 20, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

  46. سلام.
    خيلي خوشحال شدم بلاخرهشما رسيدن يستگاه فضائي من موردم از بس بي خوابي بكشم من تمام مدت منتظ شما بودم تا برسيد اونجا .
    بلاخره رسيديد .
    چند ا عكس ازاتون گرفتم و تا وقتي ك تو فضا باشيد و ببينمتون عكس ميگيرم ميزارم روي اي آدرسي كه اينجا ميزارم خواستيد يه نگاهي بندازيد فكر كن عكس يادگاري ا اين مسافرت كم داشته باشيد

    Comment by سياوش راد — September 20, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

  47. Yipeeeeeee!!!! Is it just like Zero-G practice back here at home?



    Granger & Chrissy

    Comment by Granger — September 20, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

  48. salam ,
    belakhare zamin ro az faza tamasha kardid ???
    man ham arezooie eine arezooie shoma ro daram??
    rasti inshalah salamat va khandan be zamin beresid!!!
    doostare shoma Ali,

    Comment by Ali Jafari — September 20, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

  49. As a Persian woman, I am so proud of you! keep on your good work! Be well

    Comment by Nazgol — September 20, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

  50. salam Anousheh jan
    reseedane shoma ra be arezooye bozorgetan tabrik omide ankeh roozy maa ham be arezoohaye na chandan bozorgeman bereseem.
    doaye ma,badragheye rahe shomast.safaretan bekheyr va bazgashtetaan be salamaty.

    Comment by niloofar,samira,sobhan — September 20, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

  51. مايه خوشحالي است كه شماروياهاي كودكيتان را در پيچ و خم زندگي فراموش نكرديد و به خاطر رسيدن به اين روياخطر را به جان خريديد.شما لياقت اين موقعيت را داريد.به عنوان يك ايراني به شما افتخار مي كنم و آرزوي موفقيت براي شما دارم

    Comment by bahman — September 20, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

  52. Congratulations,
    It’s wonderful to travel up to the stars with you,
    Thank to Peter and you for sharing those important moments with us…
    Kisses from Paris,

    Comment by Arno — September 20, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

  53. What a wonderful trip for you to share! Thank you for your observations, please let us know more about what it’s like to be on the space station.

    Comment by Cathy Cudd — September 20, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

  54. درود بر انوشه گرامي

    غرورت را ميستايم و اميدوارم كه چون اين آرزوي ديرينه كه حال به يقين پيوسته است ، هميشه و در همه حال موفق باشي و پيروز . شايد قبل از اينها كسي جز نزديكان و دوستاني كه به واسطه همراهي و يا همكاري با شما بوده اند شما را نميشناختند ، ولي اينك نه تنها هر ايراني ، بلكه هر انساني اين سفر به ياد ماندني را در گنجينه خاطرات ذهن خود به همراه خواهد داشت .

    آفرين بر غرور و همت شما و آفرين بر اين همه تحمل و صبر و بردباري و تلاشي كه براي اين خواستن انجام داديد .كاري كه از من بر مي آيد تشكري است خشك و خالي از استواري شما در به ثمر رساندن آرزوي ديرنه تان و ديگر اينكه تا زمان بازگشت لينك موفقيت شما را در صفحه ام نگهداري كنم

    پاينده باشيد و پيروز

    Comment by farzad — September 20, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

  55. Pirma boba turiste kosmose. Je

    Comment by Domus — September 20, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

  56. Hello Peter,
    I was wondering if you could add the docking clip and possibly the welcoming ceremony at ISS to the Blog.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Arash — September 20, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

  57. Kheili khoshhalam kardi dokhte IRANI.Omidvaram ke dar raahat
    hamishe moafagh bashi.

    Comment by Mahmood — September 20, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

  58. با سلام
    بسيار خوشحالم از اينكه يك بانوي ايراني اولين زن جهانگرد فضایی است و بسیار از این موفقیت یک ایرانی بر خود می بالیم امیدوارم ایشان به سلامتی به زمین برگردند
    ضمنا اگر میشد اخبار سفر ایشان را به فارسی قرار دهید از شما سپاسگزارم
    امیر از اصفهان

    Comment by امير — September 20, 2006 @ 2:01 pm

  59. Wow!

    I was recently in Titusville Florida to watch the latest Shuttle launch. Even from 10 miles away I could feel the thunderous roar of those engines. I can only imagine what it would be like to be on the INSIDE of one of those Russian capsules but I would love the opportunity to be where you’re sitting!
    (hmmm, I suppose that would actually be floating huh?)

    Congratulations and best wishes!
    Gil from Tampa Florida

    Comment by Gil — September 20, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

  60. Anousheh,

    Congratulations, it is wonderful to see you onboard ISS! Seeing the view yourself (and not through a photo-image) must be a fantastic experience. Can you briefly describe the sensation of microgravity and also what experiments you will be working on ?


    Comment by David Astin — September 20, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

  61. Hi Anousheh,
    I really wish you all the best! I’m one of your italian fan and my dream has always been to go in the space. Instead I’m just a 37 year old “female” manager and you’re my idol!!

    Comment by Alessia — September 20, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

  62. hope to see you on the moon!!!

    Comment by fatemeh kamali — September 20, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

  63. سلام خانم انصاری
    من بهروز هستم قبلا هم برای شما نظر گذاشتم ورودتون به ایستگاه فضایی را تبریک میگم به امید روزی که در فضا با هم درباره ی زمین صحبت کنیم من و دو نفر از از دوستانم که همگی در مداس تیزهوشان (بهترین مدارس ایران) مشغول به تحصیل هستیم وبلاگی داریم که خوشحال میشویم شما از آن بازدید داشته باشید

    Comment by بهروز — September 20, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

  64. Well done! Someday, I too shall fly in space. A vow I made as a boy who was a HUGE Star Trek fan.

    In your last pre-flight post you signed off with “Live Long And Prosper.”

    Thank you for giving those words back to me. I had forgotten them over the years, and reading your post made me realise how important, and inspiring they can be.

    (Makes Vulcan greeting sign)


    Comment by Russel — September 20, 2006 @ 2:23 pm

  65. saw you on NASA TV today, you look great in Zero-G! Enjoy your days in space! don’t worry about the short visit… i predict you’ll be back.

    Comment by eric in NY — September 20, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

  66. سلام.جای ما رو هم خالی کن. .به امید موفقیت بیشتر.

    Comment by majid — September 20, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  67. Dear Anousheh
    this was the best investment you ever made in your life.your name now lives and shines forever in the history of mankind and iran.not to mention that you lived your dream as well as giving iranians around the globe immeasurable pride in you and your accomplishments.
    The timing could not be better than this.Thanks a lot for every thing and enjoy every deserve it.

    Comment by cyrus — September 20, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

  68. Congratulaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaations :))))))))

    Comment by Maryam Namdari — September 20, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

  69. Congratulations Ms Ansari! You are an inspiration to the whole world, but especially to young women like my daughter. It was your goal to achieve this and now you have. I wish you safety on the rest of your journey, especially the reentry.

    I hear the sunrises from Earth orbit are beautiful.

    Comment by Paul — September 20, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

  70. salam
    vaghan shoma baes aftekhar ma irani ha hasted faghat mitonam begam ke name iran ro ye bar dege sar boland kardi
    vaghan ma bache hay iran be to aftekhar mikonim
    che ghadr khob mishod age parcham iran ro ham ba khodet mibordi shayad ham borde bashi to in arezo hastam ke ye bar baram email bezani .zende bad iran
    bye(ebrahim az tarfdaran to)

    Comment by ebrahim — September 20, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

  71. Okay, this question is really mundane but I’ve always been curious–what does the space station smell like? (Once you get past the little spill from the other day, that is.) I always imagined it to be a little locker-room-ish. It’s interesting to think about the clean, sharply focused images we see from missions and movies, and imagine what it would be like to experience all five senses instead of just two. Guess there’s only one way to find out!

    Interesting, too, to consider all the protection we need to travel outside our lower atmosphere, we are delicate skinbags full of meat and water, not naturally suited at all for life outside a narrow ecologic niche. Must be exciting and scary to break free those constrictions!

    Comment by Greg Hoppe — September 20, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

  72. با سلام
    به اميد ماه

    Comment by Farshid Pirahansiah — September 20, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

  73. Greetings from Texas.
    We want to express our feelings to you Anousheh for being such a great Woman in your desire to explore space.
    We watched your “Liftoff” on the PC and heard your voice during the acent which was very calm.
    We want to wish you well for your nine days in the ISS and a safe return back to earth.
    You are “GO” in our books.
    Goodbye and much success.

    Wayne & Sammie Doering
    Clarendon, Texas

    Comment by Wayne & Sammie Doering — September 20, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

  74. سلام به انوشه عزیز.
    من کاوه هستم 22 ساله دانشجو.
    سعی کن از اونجا بیشتر وبلاگت رو آپدیت کنی از احساست تو اونجا بگو ، از هم سفرات بگو از
    بگو خلاصه فقط بگو ! به امید دیدار در زمین(شایدم فضا)!ا ISS

    Comment by Kaveh — September 20, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

  75. Way to go Anousheh !

    Comment by mokh-less — September 20, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

  76. خانم انصاری تبریک میگم
    شما دل میلیون ها ایرانی رو شاد کردید
    امیدوارم موفق باشید

    Comment by Pedram — September 20, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

  77. Hi Anousheh joon,
    CONGRATULATIONS, you must be on cloud nine (LITERALLY)
    I watched every minute of your launch, and pre launch videos on NASA TV.
    It was so emotional and inspiring.
    It was great to see you smile every minute of it.
    Amir Reza loved it too.
    Good luck and God Bless

    Comment by Mojgan & your youngest fan, Amir Reza — September 20, 2006 @ 3:15 pm

  78. Hello Mrs Anoosheh Ansari,
    You are remembering me of What our prophet mohammad said:
    “Iranians will achieve any science though it’s on space”(well,i just said the concept of his saying not the exact words)

    When i speak of you with my friends ,with different people,there are different opinions,anyway i think you have had the best decision.I think no one can judge if your decision was right or wrong,it’s you yourself that can see.You know ,i think the only thing we are to do is to do what we think that is the best to be done.So you have done the best if you think it was the best you could do.

    Money has no use when there is no thinking,money has no use when we are ignorant and if we know we won’t be poor.I think what you do will make our minds,will make us more knowledgeble and remember us of not limiting our thinking.Let us to free our thinking of any limitation.I appreciate you for your ro’ya(desire) ,for your hopeness,for your will.You make me happy unconciously(be tore na khodaagah).

    I pray for you to see.To see the beauty.I pray for you to be healthy and happy.i wish you more and more happiness in your life and more enjoyment.Life is exactly this excitement you have.

    You are now part of all of ours history,
    Iranians will always remember of you,
    There are many things i like to tell you,maybe some other time,
    I hope i could have conveyed my meaning through english,
    Take care of yourself ,as one of the biggest parts of our hearts is for you,
    Be omide to hasti bakhshe mehrbaan,

    Comment by Ali E. — September 20, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

  79. I hope you will succeed in all of your purpose specially mission to ISS.We are waiting for you moment and moment space mission news and for your nice writing about there.
    you are one of our important and dearest iranian.

    good luck.
    by mohammad

    Comment by mohammad — September 20, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

  80. Anousheh,

    You’ve done it, your there. Everyone is so proud of you, you’re touching the lives of people you, especially young women you will never meet. There lives will be so much better for what you are doing. Dreams can come true if you work for it.

    Comment by Bill Belshaw — September 20, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

  81. Greetings Anousheh; from David in Maine USA, Earth!
    Congratulations on your dream, enjoy yourself with your new friends, you are in my thoughts.
    David Johnson

    Comment by David Johnson — September 20, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

  82. Hi Anousheh, I enjoyed seeing you float into the ISS! You are a role model to so many. Congratulations, you must be so happy realizing your dream. What a fun and interesting experience. I hope you are adjusting to space and the ISS well and that you might eventually start thinking about how to make your whole experience better (e.g.; shorter, easier, more comfortable?) as you help bring hunreds more to space. 🙂

    Comment by Melanie Swan — September 20, 2006 @ 3:42 pm

  83. Congrats Anousheh!! Hopefully by the time I have grandchildren spaceflight will be as common as going for a coffee. Dare to dream.

    Comment by Michael Le Couteur — September 20, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

  84. Anousheh:

    Congratulations! I’m curious how the flight from Earth to the space station went. What were your thoughts during the flight? Were you able to help during the lfight or were you mostly just a passenger?

    Comment by Tony Dolle — September 20, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

  85. AsalamAlayKum,
    Peace and e-Greetings be upon you from Toronto, Canada.

    And early Ramadan Mubarak!

    ~ HiMY! ~

    Comment by HiMY SYeD — September 20, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

  86. By the way I will watch the iss from tehran,at saturday morning somewhere in tehran province.I think iss must pass the sky of tehran between 5 to 5:30 am in our time.Don’t forget to have a look at your country where many ones are watching you passing.
    Thank you,

    Comment by Ali E. — September 20, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

  87. test, my comment wont appear

    Comment by aaa — September 20, 2006 @ 4:04 pm

  88. Greetings from Alaska!

    I congratulate you on an amazing accomplishment.
    I wish you Good Luck and All the Best!


    Comment by Ray Norman — September 20, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

  89. سلام……..من واقعا افتخار ميكنم كه اولين زن فضانورد جهان يك ايرانيه…..اميدوارم كه سفر خوبي رو پشت سر بذاريد و سالم به زمين برگرديد.
    آناهيتا از شيراز

    Comment by آناهيتا — September 20, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

  90. The doorway of human possibilities has openned a little wider; may our love and hope for the future fuel continuing expansion for the rest of us down here…

    Comment by Dr. Justin Newman — September 20, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

  91. Congratulations from Brazil! It´s great to see so many people from diferent cultures living in peace in the space.

    Comment by rodrigof — September 20, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

  92. There is no doubt in my mind that this experience will enable you to reach much higher and spark interest in many ‘things of the future’. Again good luck and safe return

    John A. Canada

    Comment by John A. Forbes — September 20, 2006 @ 4:26 pm

  93. واقعا از این که می بینم یک ایرانی اونهم یک خانم ایرانی به فضا رفته و اینقدر پیشرفت کرده خوشحالم و برای معدود دفعاتی که بخودم به عنوان یک ایرانی افتخار می کنم. خانم انصاری شما یکی از کسانی هستید که به تمام دنیای نشان دادید که زنان و مردان ایرانی در صورت داشتن آزادی موفقیت های زیادی کسب خواهند کرد.
    به امید موفقیت های دیگر شما

    Comment by pasha — September 20, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

  94. Greetings from Alaska!

    Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment.
    I wish you Good Luck and All the Best.


    Comment by Ray Norman — September 20, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

  95. Dear Anoushe ,
    Please send videos and pics from There ! to the earth

    Thank you very much
    Good Luck

    Bye Bye

    Comment by Ali Daryani — September 20, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

  96. Hi Anousheh,
    Congratulations on your dream coming true ! Wish you a safe and fun trip. You are an inspiration indeed !

    Comment by rama — September 20, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

  97. Dear Mrs. Ansari,

    TALK ABOUT WALKING ON CLOUD 9 … Are you having fun yet ?

    The following poem seems very appropriate for your high flight.
    If the last line does not fit your beliefs, please don’t take offense. I would think seeing our Earth from your present vantage point would endear a similar feeling of awe. Here then, for you and the Expedition 13 & 14 crews, is the poem …

    By John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
    September 3, 1941

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

    Sunward I have climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of – wheeled and
    Soared and swung.

    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along,
    And flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.

    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
    I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew.

    And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    Kindest regards to all of you,
    Clevis Jones

    Comment by Clevis — September 20, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

  98. Felicitaciones desde Argentina.
    Espero que sea una experiencia unica.

    Saludos de

    Comment by claudio mariani — September 20, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

  99. great achievem,ent ms. ansari.i am eagerlly waiting for your first post here from ISS.

    Comment by manish — September 20, 2006 @ 4:49 pm

  100. Great to have you in space. Can you share as much info about Pavel as possible. He is a hero that never gets the coverage because of the language barrier.
    For you, is it as loud as they say it is? and what was the capsule like? was there enough room to be comfortable before docking?

    Enjoy it all!!
    terry lansdell

    Comment by lansdell — September 20, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

  101. Dear Anoushe, Deeply proud of you, warmly wishing healt for you, will pray for you for a safe return.

    Comment by Jacob Khoshnoud — September 20, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

  102. Salam(HI)
    You are a man & welcome to your world
    have a nice weekend in Space

    See U in earth

    Comment by Farzam — September 20, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

  103. Hello space traveller, hope you are doing fine and enjoying your stay in ISS! Take a look outside for us dreamers who are still stuck to the Earth’s surface. I’m anxious to read about your experiences. Have a great time!

    Rene from the Netherlands.

    Comment by Rene Marinus — September 20, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

  104. Hi!!! This is Fred, from RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL !!! it’s a wonderful moment, a great step for a woman and even greater for the blogs!!! We, blogger of the planet Earth salut you, Anousheh! I’m very glad to be here, at the spaceblog! Have a very nice week!

    Comment by Frederico — September 20, 2006 @ 5:29 pm

  105. Congratulations! Everyone can be proud of your accomplishments. There is nothing higher than actually going to space. As an American, of course, I am especially gratified. I am sure everyone is going to hear more about you. Have fun!

    Comment by Gene — September 20, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

  106. Salam,ya Anousheh
    In Algeria, everybody’s proud of you ! Congratulations, you are the best. Enjoy it and send us some star dust !

    Comment by Mohamed — September 20, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

  107. Dear Naousheh,

    I’m really proud of you and wish you all the bests.
    And Also I wanna send my best regards to Hamid and Anousheh’s parents and other mebers of family. For sure you are a big part of her success and courage. Thank you all. We are proud of all of you.
    Best regards
    Kambiz, Shiraz, Iran

    Comment by Kambiz — September 20, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

  108. Dear Anousheh,
    All the best wishes from Earth….You are in our hearts and prayers,day and night. have a fantastic time and enjoy every second….And return safely. We can’t wait to see you here in Texas again!
    Thanks for being the inspiration that you are.

    Comment by Maryam Ebtehadj — September 20, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

  109. انوشه عزيز
    ورودت به فضا مبارك
    خيلي خيلي از خبر رسيدنت و ديدن عكسهاي بسيار با احساس و خندانت خوشحال شدم.
    از صميم قلب برايت آرزوي سفري خوش و پر از اتفاقاي هيجان انگيز را آرزو ميكنم.
    منتظر ديدارت در ايران هستيم تا آنچه را كه ديدي از زبان خودت بشنويم.


    Comment by leila — September 20, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

  110. Dear Anousheh,
    I admire your courage and spirit! I work at Lockheed Martin in Dallas, TX and we are very proud of you and your efforts to advance technology and capabilities for the world.
    Have you seen earth from the space station yet? What was it like the first time you could view the earth?
    Have you been able to start your studies relating to lower back pain and also the spread of microbes at the space station?
    Joanne Colyer

    Comment by Joanne Colyer — September 20, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

  111. Many congratulations on your exciting voyage, and arrival at ISS. I watched the X prize launches with great interest too. I only wish the U.S. network news reports featured your visit. Perhaps they will do so in the next week. In any case, you are far more than a space tourist, you are a pioneer!

    Best, Todd F.

    Comment by Todd — September 20, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

  112. congratulations to Dear Anoushe

    today i have not gone to my offici and stayed at home saw you in NASA TV lively when you enter to the ISS with a yellow shirt and wearing a hat at about 12(in iran).
    it was great for me to see you livly when you enter and was smiling , there were a lot of tears in my eyes ,
    it was really great ,

    take care

    Comment by hadi saeidi from tehran — September 20, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

  113. سلام.
    امید وارم لحظه ای که توی ایستگاه شناورین به یاد من هم باشی.یه چرخش 360درجه به افتخار همه ایرانیا.

    Comment by جاهد ملک زاده — September 20, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

  114. Dear Mrs. Ansari,

    Congratulations and I hope you are feeling well. Please tell us about your journey and how space has changed your views. Everyone is waiting to welcome you back home.


    Comment by Tourang — September 20, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

  115. Like all other Iranians, I am very proud of Ms. Ansari and wish her luck in her trip to space. Her name now is added to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, beside the name of other scientists and people who made a change in our history. Please visit

    Comment by Arash — September 20, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

  116. سلام فقط می تونم بگم به عنوان یک ایرانی احساس غرور دارم.امیدوارم سلامت برگردی.

    Comment by صابر سلیمی — September 20, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

  117. salam be anusheie aziz.
    bawaretoun nemisheh ke zamani shenidam shoma 30 daghigheie pish be samte iss parwaz kardeen che hali shodam jouri ke faghat behetoun begam be hameie doustam harja ke boudan sms zadam wa ean khabare bozorg ro beheshoun dadam.
    ommidawaram ke hamisheh shado khoram bashe hich waght ghamgin nashea wa mesle hamishe chehreie shoma ro ba labkhand bebinim be ommide rouzi ke shoma ra dar iss molaghat konam.
    ba yek donya alaghe

    Comment by alireza.a — September 20, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

  118. سلام.
    شاید باورتون نشه ولی من فکر میکنم خیلی از ایرانی ها از جمله من هم قلبشون با شما به اون بالا اومد.شما نه تنها به عنوان هم وطن ما باعث افتخار ما شدین بلکه به عنوان یک الگوی کامل موفق برای ما ایرانی ها هستین.سفر شما یه سفر عادی نبود.برای ما سفر امید تلاش وپشتکار وعشق بود.امیدوارم احساس ماایرانی ها رو درک کنید چون قابت بیان نیست
    با ارزوی موفقیت شما
    یک دانشجوی سال اخررشته مخابرات از ایران

    Comment by بابک طاری — September 20, 2006 @ 8:46 pm

  119. سلام
    من به عنوان یک دانشجوی رشته مخابرات از شما خیلی چیز ها یاد گرفتم
    سفر شما برای ما سفر الگوی عشق تلاش پشتکار و امید به اینده بود .قلب ما ایرانی ها با شما به اون بالا اومد.امیدوارم احساس ما ایرانی ها رو درک کنید

    Comment by بابک طاری — September 20, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

  120. سفر شما برای ما سفر تلاش, عشق ,پشتکار و امید به اینده بود
    قلب ما ایرانی ها هم شما به اون بالا اومد

    Comment by babak tari — September 20, 2006 @ 9:02 pm

  121. با ارزوی موفقیت

    Comment by nima — September 20, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

  122. I’m so glad you made it! We’re all waiting to see what happens and to hear more about your mission & adventure. Happy traveling!

    Comment by Vivienne — September 21, 2006 @ 2:08 am

  123. ongratulations !finally you have succedded to realize your dream…
    A journey to the stars…
    Good luck..

    Comment by ayazmahmood — September 21, 2006 @ 5:57 am

  124. و اين است ايران دخت
    اميدوارم خوش بگذره
    واميدوار بعد از برگشتت فيلم وعكسهايي كه برداشتي براي همه به اشتراك بزاري

    Comment by Maysam — September 21, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

  125. Dear Anousheh I amire your courage and hard work million times .
    I always look up to people who do sth for humanity .
    you realy stuned us by your powerful step that you took.
    take care

    Comment by taraneh — September 21, 2006 @ 7:10 pm

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    Comment by X PRIZE — September 22, 2006 @ 1:40 am

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