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*edited November 3, 2006


  1. Dear Ms Ansari

    It it truly a privilege on behalf of my three children aged 2,6 & 10 to congratulate you with your strong commitment and fortune of going into space.

    Reading your note “Hello World” was moving.

    We pray that your trip can help the worlds inhabitants in understanding that war and violence is wrong and unnecessary to human progress and evolution.

    We are all looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Till then we are looking for you every day up there in the sky from our spot on mother Earth here in Norway.

    Kind and admiring regards from
    Preben Dietrichson

    Comment by Preben Dietrichson — September 22, 2006 @ 7:54 am

  2. Hello Anousheh,
    What a wonderful idea to blog from space. All the world is proud of you and watching. When we think of an “average person” able to be in space and see you circling the globe, we can only realize that we all are living on the same planet, the same home. Good luck and thank you for your courageous effort.

    Laurence Burd, MD

    Comment by Laurence Burd, MD — September 22, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

  3. Good Citizens of Earth! Please send your greetings to Anousheh under a post authored by her.

    This comment area is for messages to Ground Ops.


    Comment by X PRIZE — September 22, 2006 @ 8:39 pm

  4. Could ground ops identify themselves? They deserve just as much recognition and thanks as Ansari and the rest of the astronauts.

    Comment by robbat2 — September 23, 2006 @ 8:54 am

  5. Hi Ms Ansari

    Good to see that you are enjoying the spin around the world.
    I am sure it must be a fantastic experience. Hope your space sickness gets better. Hope you have a safe return.

    When you return please tell every one how infinitismally small we humans actually are and it ain’t worth fighting with each other on any basis and the only thing we all should try to do is to make sure we don’t keep destroying our own planet.

    Comment by Manimaran — September 23, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

  6. Hi robbat2 — thanks for the nice words.

    Dr. Peter Diamandis has identified Ground Ops here:

    Remember, Earthlings, this comment area is for messages to Ground Ops only!

    Comment by X PRIZE — September 23, 2006 @ 8:25 pm

  7. Thank you for allowing us to share with you this great adventure. The whole world is supporting you and admires your example. Sincerely,
    AL Garcia

    Comment by AL GARCIA — September 24, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

  8. Hello mis
    I thanks for you are good iranian pepole and you have iranian simbol.

    to be happy

    Comment by abozar — September 25, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

  9. Hi, i left 2 comments for Ms. Ansari and you didnt put them on comment pages! Why?

    Comment by Kaivan — September 26, 2006 @ 5:59 am

  10. Dear Anousheh: What a wonderfull way to make to many people so happy, I am so proud of you and your husband and the entire Ansari family, you had achieve a lot of good things in life, I wish to you the very best, God bless you and God bless all his children down here too. I still have my X Prize T-shirt that you kindly did sign for me in 2004, in the Mojave Airport, I am the crazy man that help you to climb the fence to get to Space ship One, thank you for you smile and for the picture togheter, that I always keep close to me. I see you soon.

    Comment by Roberto Escobar — September 27, 2006 @ 2:20 am

  11. Anousheh Ansari,
    Congratulations on your adventure.
    I’m a multimedia editor for the Baltimore Sun newspaper and
    I produce a weekly podcast that features bloggers.
    I’d like to invite you to join us for a podcast after you’ve returned from your outer space adventure.
    Examples of the podcast are at
    I will be happy to send more information if you are interested.
    Thank you and best of luck.
    John Lindner
    Multimedia editor
    Baltimore Sun

    Comment by john lindner — September 27, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

  12. Thank you all for every thing!I wish to read more of you all.
    Take care!

    Comment by keikavos — September 28, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

  13. Hello Anousheh from the children of
    all ages of Earth!
    I am writing this while waiting
    to get some answers to
    some questions on my Master’s
    thesis I defend on next
    Thursday. I am around your
    age (42) but we are all still
    children aren’t we 😀

    I am doing this on a Tablet PC
    that is very much like the
    Dyna Book I read about growing
    up. (so forgive the formatting)
    I also wanted to build a
    “good” HAL and do
    the “space thing”.

    Well I’m now a beta tester and
    researcher using Cyc, the next
    closest thing to HAL and I at least
    get to write you in orbit on my
    tablet while sitting in class.
    (passing notes to classmates
    is orbit). Its nice to
    go from “impossible” to commonplace.

    Any way its nice to
    read notes (your spare
    biog) during the slow
    moments. Kinda makes
    the world feel like
    its moving towards the
    future I think we
    both grew up dreaming

    I saw your picture of
    DFW airport and had
    to tell everyone at
    work that you took a
    picture of our building
    from orbit. we sit
    right off one runway in
    Southlake; and I’m
    doing my Grad work in

    Oh well back to work.
    Have to do my part 😀

    They are holding a Nanotech
    Conference in Dallas.
    Maybe when you get back
    to Earth I can send you
    a presentation on
    Achievable Singularity. It’s
    gotta be good for space
    travel you know!

    Keep having fun and dreaming.
    I’m going to miss getting my
    motivational notes from my
    “new old friend”.
    You beat us all to orbit,
    but I got dibs on the Jupiter
    System! 🙂


    Comment by Kino Coursey — September 28, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

  14. Cool Job Guy up in Space ! Can you E-Mail me back for my Friends in Lubbock Texas Please ??? Guess Who in Lubbock too !

    Bob S. Fort. Worth Texas…

    Comment by Cool can they E-Mails us - Bob S. — October 1, 2006 @ 4:40 am

  15. Hello guys (and girls if there are any) at ground-ops

    I just want to say thank you for all the good work you’ve done during Anousheh’s spaceflight. This website doesn’t publish itself. Good job, this applause is all yours.

    Rene from the Netherlands.

    Comment by Rene Marinus — October 1, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

  16. Hello Rene! — & thanks to you for your contributions to the World-wide conversation. It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance here – you and several thousand others!

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 1, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

  17. i ask ms ansari to have a message to tehrany,s peaple.i can announce it from tehran.s radio. with congragulations.we have reaported all the journey.thanks.

    Comment by albert koochooei — October 2, 2006 @ 9:28 am

  18. Hello,

    I searched and searched and searched for the VULCAN sign giving by our dear lady, but I was unable to find one as you mentioned. Did anyone find one? I know it is on tape somewhere, but I could not gain access to it, let alone know who to ask.


    James Dunn

    Comment by James Dunn — October 11, 2006 @ 1:40 am

  19. Thanks for searching, James. It was on NASA TV, the pre-launch activities, probably shot by the Russian Space Agency — Anousheh is walking, and she suddenly turns to camera and gives the Vulcan salute. Of all the screen grabs missed, this is the most regrettable. You don’t win the “prize” but you get Honorable Mention for trying!

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 11, 2006 @ 2:59 am

  20. Dear Blog Supervisors:

    Thank you for your great work. Thank you for your time. And thank you for your Intelligence.

    James Dunn

    Comment by James Dunn — October 13, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

  21. Hello Ground Ops,

    On the 20th (possibly the 21st not absolutely sure) October I made a posting in response to Anoushehs ‘Goodbye Star City / My Speech’ entry on here.

    It would appear that my comments havn’t been accepted as I don’t see them on the blog.

    However in my posting I did make reference to to url that pointed to some pictures of Anousheh at the Welcome Back ceromony that she writes about in her entry.

    I thought those pictures would be (and will still be) of interest to all of the people who followed her journey on here so although you may not find my whole posting acceptable for inclusion on here (and I can’t understand why if that is the case) perhaps you might like to publish the url anyway so that others can at least see a little of what went on during Anoushehs return to Star City.

    In any event thanks for all the good work on here and I’ll see if I can’t say a goodbye to Anousheh following her final blog entry..and I’ll hope that one makes it through.

    Kind regards to all.


    Comment by Colin Knight — October 24, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

  22. I’m Farzaneh Foroozan. 13. im half Filipino
    half iranian but i live and grew up in
    Port harcourt, Nigeria.
    Here in Portharcourt, there are only
    2iranian families..mine and another family
    the husband is iranian and wife is filipino
    just like my parents.
    in the future, i dream to become a journalist
    because i love talking to the public
    i do a lot of stage presentations
    i became the MC of a lot of shows here
    especially in school.
    im in grade 10. for our english exams
    we have written and oral tests. for the oral we have to
    make a 2minute speech infront of everyone
    from grade 7-10 and some teachers will judge us
    and give us a mark over 10.
    next week, im having the english exam presentation.
    the topic is that we should talk about someone
    famous that has achieved something very great.
    i have two people i thought about
    the first minute.
    You and Khanum Shirin Ebadi.
    right now im doing researching on the internet about you
    and i swer a while ago i was nearly in tears!
    reading your life story was very touching..and very inspiring
    i first heard about you on CNN
    with my father we watched it.
    and i saw your videos.
    really, my heart lifts up when i hear you speak
    so clearly, slow and amazingly.
    so im just letting you know
    that even here, im a little iranian girl in Nigeria
    you do make a difference at least to one person
    in this part of the world.
    i told my parents that i would love to work as a journalist
    in the middle east, preferable kuwait..because
    the political issues and religious conflicts
    are very interesting…
    and i’d love to be like Aneesh Raman who reports from Tehran
    all the time.
    im proud to have you representing us females
    and i wish you mooooore success and all the best!
    some day too, i wish that when i be a journalist
    i can interview all those women in iran
    and make them speak out
    and be heard by all over the world
    and a change can be made. hopefully.
    i love you!
    take care.
    please, if you would like to tell me something,
    my email is [received].

    our english presentation is really that we need to research on
    interviews with that famous person.
    i cant interview you since i dont have any contact information
    but im looking at your interviews with other great
    journalists. but maybe if i get lucky, i would end up doing a real interview with you thru chatting or emailing, and that would be very helpful and a great job for my exam!
    thank you

    Comment by Farzaneh Foroozan (nigeria) — October 25, 2006 @ 11:08 am

  23. Hello there,

    I’ve posted a comment this morning (MEST) but it’s not coming through – the number of comments on “Wonderful ride” sticks to 25. Does this mean that the blog is closed and comments will no longer appear?

    If this really was the last article, perhaps you can close with an appropreate picture of Anousheh “in action” or something?

    Thank you folks for everything you did to make this possible!

    Rene Marinus, Netherlands.

    Comment by Rene Marinus — October 25, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

  24. Thanks Rene… we are all busy with non-space blog duties and so comment moderation does not happen so often as when the mission was active.

    Pictures are nice — see for more of those.

    Space blog is all about the Words. Thanks for adding yours.

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 26, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  25. Inquiries or trouble reports concerning Anousheh Ansari Space Blog should now be directed to contact information found at

    Ground Ops signing off — it’s been a great pleasure.

    Comment by X PRIZE — November 4, 2006 @ 2:02 am

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