Anousheh Ansari Space Blog

September 20, 2006

Welcome aboard the ISS!

Filed under: International Space Station — by Peter @ 5:40 pm

Just after 1am PT, the hatch between the Soyuz TMA-9 and ISS was opened and a very happy, still smiling Anousheh Ansari floated aboard wearing her Ansari X PRIZE hat! (Thanks for the show of support Anousheh!). I’m hopeful that she’ll soon be ready to log on and share some of her personal thoughts and feelings from orbit.

I just heard the following from my friend NASA Associate Administrator Rex Geveden, senior NASA Representative currently in Russia, “Greetings from Moscow! Just left TSuP for the Star City docking celebration. We spoke with the crew a little while ago, and everyone looked just great. Anousheh’s charm and intelligence are evident even from orbit.”

As Anousheh entered ISS, she brought onboard her “carry-on” allocation of 10 KG. Besides an X PRIZE flag and hat, she also is also carrying a number of artifacts which flew aboard SpaceShipOne — to my knowledge, these are the only items ever to fly both on a suborbital and orbital flight. The list of items includes:

A physical piece of composite materials taken off of SS1
Two SS1 mission patches which had previous flown about the two winning Ansari X PRIZE sub-orbital flights.
And a number of first day covers (for you stamp collectors) that were flown on SS1 and canceled in Mojave on October 4th.

Congratulations Anousheh, you made it! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

— Peter


  1. Congratulations. Have fun. Thank you for leading the way. May God bless you and your family.

    Comment by Ishaq Sahhar — September 20, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

  2. Anoosheh Jan Dorood Bar Shoma.Khasteh Nabashid.Omidvaram Haletan Khoob Bashad.Anoosheh Jan Man MILAD 15 Saleh Az IRAN Hastam.Man Vaghean Be Shoma Eftekhar Mikonam.Lotfan Az Weblog Va Websait Man Ham Didan Konid Vaghean Khoshhal Mishavam:


    Comment by Milad 1 — September 20, 2006 @ 5:58 pm

  3. we are all happy. we are waiting to see her on the tv. i love to read her feelings posted here about the exprience of living on the space. by following her trip, we feel that we are on the space station with anousheh. i heard lots of comments about her, but the most common one was “i can” which was said by iranian women around me. i don’t know how and why, but you brought hope to our heart.

    Comment by ali — September 20, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

  4. salam khanome Ansari
    Omidvaram be shoma dar ISS khosh bashid.Hameye Iranian doost darand kheili zood shoma ra dar Iran bebinand. Omidvaram ma ra na omid nakonid

    Comment by mohsen — September 20, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

  5. Dear Anoushe congradualtion ,
    you can’t imagine how happy we are we are proud of you .You are in out thoughts forever and every time I look at the sky I see you there . I love to hear about that wonderful experience.
    Take good care

    Comment by taraneh — September 20, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

  6. Hello Peter! What a PR boost for the X PRIZE! It is a good example of NASA and private industry working together. The X PRIZE Cup sounds like more of the same.

    Comment by Samuel Coniglio — September 20, 2006 @ 6:42 pm

  7. khosh begzare , man fekr mikonam age gharar bashe chenin mosaferaty beram ,, delam mikhad 3 mah oon bala bemoonam , 1 hafte kheiiiiiiiiiiiiilllllliiiiiiii kame .
    dar kol movafagh bashy

    Comment by Kaveh Mohamadi — September 20, 2006 @ 6:54 pm

  8. I missed the docking because of an Internet drop-out, laid down for a couple hours, then watched the hatch opening.

    Glorious !

    I thought (although the picture was a bit fuzzy) that Anousheh had the glistening of tears of joy on her remarkably youthful-looking face…

    ~ Alex

    Comment by Alexander M Zoltai — September 20, 2006 @ 7:01 pm

  9. بایک سبد پرازبرگ اقاقی به پابوس گویش صادقانه چشمهایت می ایم پاک و ملایم لحظه های افلاکی زمین خودرا مدیون معراج افتابی میبینم که اولین تشعشعش از لبخندهای پرآرامش تو طلوع می کند ودرامتداد جاده های خاکستری معبدی میسازد از جنس غرور و من چه مغرورانه برفراز آن می ایستم ومی بالم برخود که یک زن ایرانیم ..هموطن انوشه ..همشهری انوشه …ساکن شهر نور ،مشهد، و مجاور لحظات سرشارازمعنویت عطرحضوررضا
    انوشه عزیزم سلام مراازمشهد پذیراباش وبگذارتامنهم ببالمبرخودکه هموطن توام وبرای تو مینویسم …میعادمن وتو وهزاران قلب عاشق 31 شهریورماه ساعت 5صبح مااز زمین خاکی وتو درفضای لایتناهی وهمگی درعالم بیکرانیکه یک پادشاه دارد وبس …ومن مطمئنم که تو عظمت وجلال حضرت حق راخوب درک کرده ای که حالا مسافر فضایی ..به امیدبازگشتت وبه امید
    دوستیهای بیشتر من وتو …میدانم که بعداین سفرنگاهت به جهان رنگ دیگری دارد…خیلی خیلی دوستت دارم ..درود برتو …درپناه حق.یاعلی

    Comment by سارا — September 20, 2006 @ 7:23 pm

  10. سلام خانوم انوشه انصاری
    روزتون به خیر
    افتخار می کنم که با چنین کسی هم وطن هستم و افتخار می کنم که شما دارین از میهنمون دفاع می کنید.
    بعنوان یک ایرانی بسیار خوشحالم و افتخار می کنم
    سلامت باشی و خدا به همراه
    یا علی

    Ms Ansari,
    I am honoured to have such a person as a compatriot and I am honoured that you are defending the honour and integrity of the Iranian nation.
    As a fellow Iranian I am very happy and I know this as an honour. This achievement of yours is an achievement of all of us and an achievement of the Iranian motherland.
    We are all thinking of you and praying for you.
    God bless, God strength, and Godspeed.
    Ya Ali.

    Comment by Hossein — September 20, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

  11. Hi dear anoushe , I’m so proud of you as a Iranian and I’m sure that you are a good example for all women specially Iranian women that they are talented althogh that they are in the prison of Iranian regime but people like you can give them self confidence.
    I hope you enjoy your trip and wish you a safe landing…

    all the best, Shahram from london

    Comment by shahram — September 20, 2006 @ 8:39 pm

  12. Dear Anousheh ,

    This is a greeting from earth to you !from an Iranian girl who dreams about space , God only knows how you feel now that you achieved your childhood dream , GREAT !… watching earth from space … what you feel , you watch , you see , you exprience …
    we are forward to hear from you,
    I wish best moments for you and other crews in ISS ,
    Lots of love ,

    Comment by Zari — September 20, 2006 @ 9:04 pm

  13. wowwwwww

    Comment by mark — September 21, 2006 @ 10:16 am

  14. Dear Anousheh,

    Words cannot describe the joy we feel at this moment. While the world is watching you we have no doubt that this is just the begininng of many more amazing achievements to come; both for you personally and for you as a true epitome of an Iranian American woman.

    Comment by Tannaz & Ramin — September 21, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

  15. Je suis tellement content que vous et d’autres musulmans aient atteint ce niveau de développement des compétences. D’ailleurs nous les musulmans nous sommes très attachés au ciel et seul le ciel dans ses larges dimensions peut satisfaire les aspirations spirituelles d’un musulman. Et c’est votre petit pas au ciel- grand sur terre- qui ouvrira la voie à l’accomplissement de ses aspirations. Nul doute que les capacités intellectuelles dont vous jouissez et les performantes aptitudes à l’apprentissage continu dont vous disposez vous aideront à aller de l’avant et à s’ériger en exemple pour les présentes et futures générations.Je vous souhaite bon séjour à bord de l’ISS, et bon retour sur terre.Merci bon courage et bonne chance Anouseh ANSARI.
    LACHABI Rachid ( Aménagiste et urbaniste et ingénieur agronome
    principal/Ministère Agriculture/DRH/SGP-CT/Rabat/Maroc). ]

    [translation by Google Language Tools:
    I am so content that you and other Moslems reached this level of development of competences. Moreover us them Moslem us let us be very attached to the sky and only the sky in its broad dimensions can satisfy the spiritual aspirations of a Moslem. And it is your small step with the large sky on ground which will open the way with the achievement of its aspirations. There is no doubt that the intellectual abilities of which you enjoy and powerful aptitudes for the continuous training you have will help to go from before and to set up in example for the present ones and future generations. I wish you good stay on board ISS, and good return on ground. Thank you good courage and good luck Anouseh ANSARI. LACHABI Rachid (Aménagiste and town planner and agricultural engineer the main thing/Agriculture/DRH/SGP-CT/Rabat/Ministry Morocco).

    Comment by Rachid LACHABI — September 21, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

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