Anousheh Ansari Space Blog

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Anousheh Ansari Space Blog was made by friends at the X PRIZE Foundation to support Anousheh in her wish to inspire others with her historic spaceflight — the first woman to buy her own ticket to space.

So far as we know, Anousheh will also be the first person ever to Blog From Space!

(Correction! courtesy of, the grandpappy of space-related blog-type journals: Astronauts have been doing it for years: Astronaut Journals)

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  1. Anousheh

    You inspire us to dream of a day when mankind can truly touch the statars. God gave us the universe to inherit, and your spirit, and that of your family, shows us that the universe is within the grasp of the common person.

    Good Luck! And, god bless.

    Comment by sheldon cwinn — September 15, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

  2. Ms. Ansari,

    Good luck with Sunday’s launch!!!! I know you are in good hands since a U.S. Navy aviator is in command ;). Enjoy the ride!!!

    LCDR Bob Adamcik, U.S. Navy
    Operational Test and Evauation Force (OPTEVFOR)

    Comment by LCDR Bob Adamcik — September 15, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

  3. How will Space Tourism take us to Mars!

    Congrads and thanks to you for personally trying to drag all of humanity into the future. I am engineer who has spent all of my professional life at THE SPACE CENTER (Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station) working on the mundane needs for space. Things like mass property analyses, and assembly procedures, and robotic systems for EVAs, and cranes and lifting equipment, and test boxes etc. etc. Ugh.

    Right now my company, Boeing, and our team are helping prepare 5 spacecraft for an upcoming Atlas V flight, the STP-1 mission. We believe we are the first to put so many experiments and vehicles into space at once. Hopefully this sort of thing will help the cause.

    We engineers, the public, and govt bureaucrats, get so caught up in the mundane we lose the vision of where we are going. Engineers work on programs like NASA’s new Crew Exploration Vehicle like it was just another job. In fact our entire US space program (an I’m sure it’s worse in other countries) sometimes is treated like a jobs progrram for technical folks.

    Well I for one, and a few of my colleagues have worked on and dreamed of sending people to Mars and beyond for years. I have a friend, Dr. Alan Drysdale who has spent practically his entire life figuring out how to grow, store and prepare food during space travel.

    So how do we turn around and inspire the world, US politicians and others to really go! Well hopefully people like yourself, the X prize foundation and the entire space tourism industry will. Thanks for trying. Let’s hope there are many more tourist flights in the future. The problem so far is only millionaires have any access to space!

    Mike Sklar
    An Engineer

    Comment by Mike Sklar — September 16, 2006 @ 11:07 am

  4. Please leave comments in this area for Ground Ops only.


    L- 1 day, 2 hours, 8 minutes

    Comment by X PRIZE — September 17, 2006 @ 4:00 am

    I wish all of you the best

    Comment by Terry Holcom — September 17, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

  6. My emotions are flying HIGH…… just seeing your efforts produce this result makes me cry.

    YOU are proving to yourself and the world that “together” we can make our dreams into realities. Your achievement also helps to make the International Space Station a place of Diversity and Inclusion.

    Each step that leads you closer to the official launch is a reminder to every child, here on earth, to NEVER STOP dreaming.. as long as those dreams are matched with ACTION.

    YOU are adding Beauty, Intelligence, Stamina and Endurance to this Launch.


    Comment by Garri Whitlock — September 17, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

  7. Mrs Ansari,

    the lift off is getting closer and closer…
    I’m so happy your dream is becoming true!!
    There will be a lot of people with you in that moment and during all the time you’ll be in space, I’ll be with you too;
    It will be great!

    Thank you and good luck

    Comment by Cris — September 18, 2006 @ 1:12 am

  8. Greetings, Anousheh, from the NASA area of Houston!

    You bring truth to the adage, “In your vision of the world is the image of yourself.” In spite of many obstacles, most of us attempt to do our own small part in the quest for world peace, yet you are making it it happen on a grander scale while achieving your lifelong dream of space travel. We are all so proud of you and wish you the most spectacular adventure and ultimate serenity as you embark upon this amazing endeavor. As an educator of students who come from other countries, i am constantly encouraging my newly arrived non-English speakers that they can achieve their dreams with hard work and tenacity. You’ve given me yet another role model to whom my students can look up and emulate!
    Khodah negahdar-e-shomah.

    Elizabeth Laurence Pirzadeh, Seabrook, TX

    Comment by Elizabeth Laurence Pirzadeh — September 18, 2006 @ 1:13 am

  9. GOOD LUCK !! Have a safe journey back. Pray for peace on Earth !!

    Comment by Hanif Mohammed — September 18, 2006 @ 6:53 am

  10. Congratulations mrs ansari,

    hope you enjoy your trip and hopefully your acheivements will bring the world together – as brothers and sisters.
    as humanbeings we are one but politics as a way of setting us apart.

    k. chemjor – Kenya, East Africa.

    Comment by k. chemjor — September 18, 2006 @ 8:11 am

  11. Dear Anousheh
    As a young Australian woman, I want to tell you what an amazingly inspirational woman you are! The world needs more leaders like you with vision, mission and purpose…and young women in particular need more role models like you; brave, intelligent, an explorer and a pioneer. Over the coming weeks I will look up to the heavens at night in the Southern Hemisphere and wonder where in the universe you are. Wishing you light, grace and peace.
    Christina Hickie, Melbourne, Australia

    Comment by Christina — September 18, 2006 @ 10:03 am

  12. Letter to Mrs. Anousheh Ansari, please

    Dear Mrs. Anousheh Ansari, how do you do ?

    I hope I am not disturbing your work with this letter.


    I am a brazilian physics student here in Brasil, and initial astrobiologist. I intend do do my master or phd course on space engineering/astronautics – systems operation, at some Texas University.

    I have some simple concepts of mine about manned space suborbital and orbital flights and spacecraft. I’d like to know please if it is possible to talk with you about my ideas.

    Thank you very much for your attention.

    Be always with GOD !


    best regards,


    Antonio de Morais
    C/O Professor Dr. Jose Helayel-Neto
    Brazilian Center of Physics Research

    Email: [received]

    Comment by Antonio de Morais — September 18, 2006 @ 11:41 am

  13. People like you are the ones who bring the human race forward. I hope that many others will be inspired by you. Maybe in thirty years, there will be tourists on Mars – or better yet people starting to live there 🙂

    Comment by Marketa Baranova (Engineer) — September 18, 2006 @ 11:45 am

  14. Anousheh, good luck, I hope it turns out to be everything you hoped it would be. Reach for the stars, there is notting that can stop you!!

    I’m looking forward to your story’s from orbit!!

    Comment by Heidy Wiegel — September 18, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

  15. Good luck!
    From Croatia!

    Comment by video — September 18, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

  16. Your achievements to date have been most impressive. You are an inspiration to millions. Good luck with your space travel and i hope you would not be satisfied with what you have achieved and would make a trip to Moon n Mars after this.

    Comment by Amit — September 18, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

  17. Hi Anousheh Ansari ,
    Simple questions really is it all black in space and or do you see stars ? Also what does earth look like , better than any picture we may have seen ?
    Thank you and have a wonderful time in space Anousheh Ansari !
    Take Care !
    Chuck Kinney

    Comment by Chuck Kinney — September 18, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

  18. I am so happy for you,and wish you good luck.kei.kavos

    Comment by kei.kavos — September 18, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  19. Hi, Anousheh! It’s Keith from Stanley Korshak in Dallas! I am living vicariously through you, as I, too, spent many evenings as a child looking into the heavens and wondering how I might ever travel in space. You are am amazing woman and I admire what you are doing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Hamid and all your family. I can’t wait to speak to you when you return!

    Love and peace!

    Keith Carlisle

    Comment by Keith Carlisle — September 18, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

  20. Where is the ladie´s bathroom? (Is a joke)

    Good luck!!
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Comment by Alejandro — September 18, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  21. Aloha Anousheh,
    Just want to say great job and you are an inspiration not only to only young women. Some of us techie guys have been folowing the space progam for a long time and are also inspired by your spirit about going in to space.
    May all your dreams come true,

    Comment by Russ — September 18, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

  22. Hi, Anousheh – a big hello from Plano, Texas. All of us in Plano are so proud of you. You are following your dream, which was my dream too. As a little girl, I dreamed of the day when I would fly in space. You are an inspiration for all the little girls that will follow us. Enjoy your trip. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Lin and Charles

    Comment by Lin — September 18, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

  23. Hi miss Anousheh Ansari

    Im proude to be an iranian and we admire you because of your proudeness about your nationality and we are hopping for you to reach all of your big and butifull wishes in the future

    scincerly yours

    With best wishes !

    Saeed Sadri from Iran (Tehran)

    Comment by saeed — September 18, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

  24. Wow Im so happy for you!!! I can’t wait to hear on your blog how it feels to be in space and what you see!!!

    Comment by Randy — September 18, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

  25. Congratulations Ms Ansari!! I am so very envious of you and at the same time I rejoice in the realization of your dreams. I have travelled the world several times over on work related matters and I have always longed to go to the one place I cannot – Outer Space! Howver I watch and live through the achievements of others, mostly astronauts, and now I am going to experience through an ordinary citizen.

    I look forward to your blog with great anticipation.
    My best wishes and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

    Well done Ms!!
    Julian Benjamin

    Comment by Julian Benjamin — September 18, 2006 @ 11:47 pm

  26. We here at XCOR Aerospace wish to congratulate you on making orbit.

    Speaking for myself- I know that you carry the dreams and hopes of many who hope to follow you, and the sooner the better.
    I see where you are now in my dreams, and hold in my heart the desire to see the curvature of the Earth and the Moon and Stars with these eyes.
    We hope to follow you from Mojave, and I know that it will be soon!

    Enjoy the ride… we are riding with you!
    Jim Busby

    Comment by Dr. Jim Busby — September 19, 2006 @ 1:10 am

  27. Dear Anousheh,
    You are an inspiration for my daughters. Not too many people in this world get to follow their dreams to fruition. It makes my heart happy to know another Anousheh who is out there making her dreams come true! Another commenter named Anousheh asked what our name means- my parents told me it means happy.
    I am very happy for you!

    Comment by Anousheh Sohrabi Mortazavi — September 19, 2006 @ 2:22 am

  28. Hello, Anousheh Ansari.
    My name is geoff Weston and your spaceflight has really got me going!We are lucky here in New Zealand at Dunedin….where i live, as our Tv channel always covers space missions and also I can get Nasa Tv via my computer. Your launch was beautiful, you looked so happy and excited.I have followed space travel since I was a child, when I first saw the Sputnik overhead. I’m a bit older now, but have never missed a mission. I have the World’s Most Southern Winery which you will pass over sometime. Maybe I will make a special wine label. Or a space stamp, as I operate a special winery post with our own stamps. I will look up saying ‘go Anousheh go!’ Drop into my personal winery whenever. Say hello on my email from space.

    Wish I were going into space.

    Cheers- Geoff.

    Comment by Geoff Weston — September 19, 2006 @ 2:34 am

  29. this type is farsi.
    salam khanoome ansari.alan shoma dar madare zamin dar hale harkatid v be khoda nazdiktar az ma.omidvaram safare khob v bi khatari ro dashte samim ghalb baraton arezoye movafaghiat mikonam.

    Comment by Mohammad Javad — September 19, 2006 @ 2:34 am

  30. Ms. Ansari!
    Undoubtedly, you are one of the most bright people in the beginning of the 21’st century. We are delighted with you! PRIVET from Russia and goodspeed!
    I know you are in good hands since a Russia aviator is in command of the Soyuz capsule 😉

    Comment by Max — September 19, 2006 @ 10:21 am

  31. Hi Ms. Ansari,
    Congrachulation! Good Luck 1 God with you.
    I ABHINAV KUMAR , e-MAIL:[received ] : FROM AKHALASPUR, BHABHUA, BIHAR, PIN:821101, INDIA hope that you enjoy your trip and hopefully your achievement will bring the world together as : brother or sister or friend. I also offer you My friendship. you can always contact me on cell: [removed]
    enjoy the ride…we are riding withyou. wish i were going into space.
    With a lot of Loves and peace.

    With best wishes,

    Comment by ABHINAV KUMAR — September 19, 2006 @ 11:11 am

  32. Dear Anousheh

    I am envious of your journey to space but at the same time so proud of you and what you have achieved. You are an incredible woman and an inspiration to all humanity. Dreams should be chased to the last breath and you have just shown us that it can be caught. I can only imagine what you must be experiencing as I’m sure you have imagined for many years, sensing awsome wonder, feeling space, touching the universe.

    Safe Journey

    Comment by Yazeed Vally Omar — September 19, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

  33. Salaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmm
    Hi. how are you?
    y name is Atabak
    I know that you are Iranian but I thought you might not remember enough about it. So, I continue my message in english.

    First of all, I should say that I’m really proud about you, since you are the first Iranian space traveller.
    Second, I’d like you to know that I wanna be someone like you, rich, famouse, and the first.
    I’d also like to ask you, now that you are in space how do you feel about it, and do you still believe that the money you spent on it worth it???
    Any way, good luck on your trip.
    Hope we’ll see you landing healthy on earth.
    wishe you the best.
    Have fun in there.

    Comment by Atabak — September 19, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  34. Dear Anousheh,

    As an Iranian woman with two daughters, we are very proud you. You are an inspiration to all of us to be original and believe in human nature and us.
    God bless you and protect you.

    Sidan Ghazi-Tabatabai

    Comment by Sidan Ghazi Tabatabai — September 19, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

  35. Whoa! Is this for real? Let me read more….

    Bon Voyage!

    Comment by karma — September 19, 2006 @ 6:52 pm

  36. Dear Anousheh,
    I have never blogged before, but after watching you the last 2 days, I had to get on-line and congratulate you.
    I am so proud and you! Not only did you make the X-Prize a reality, but you also stepped up and showed the world your bravery. You continue to inspire and make a difference for all of us who long to walk in your footsteps. It was an honor to meet you 2 years ago at XPrize events for your contibutions then. I am now blown away by your launch!
    You totally Rock!
    Tim Pickens

    Comment by Tim Pickens — September 20, 2006 @ 5:58 am

  37. salam safare khobi bod mage na .taze in avaleshe rah haie ziadi dar pishe to hast.age bedoni vakhti souyz shoro be harekat kard cheghadr negaran bodam vali khoshbakhtane be khair gozasht .to iran hame jashn gereftand bekhatere to tamame roznameha tv radio mardom hame harfe to ro mizanan .gharare shanbe ham ke shoma az roie khake iran migozarid tameme paigah haie nojume iran negaheshone be asemon bashe .man ham mesle shoma migam ke shoma torist nistid doroste ke shoma 20milion pool dadid vali dar rahe pishrafte elm bode.montazere bazgashte shoma hastim .vaght dashtid sari ham be iran ham mesl shoma arezoie raftan be faza ro daram har shab ke mikhabam fekr mikonam ke ba shoma be faza raftam va shoma man ro rahnemai mikonid.montazeret hastam.(ufo_khashaiar) rasti salame man ro be adam fazaiha bereson va hamintor be hamsaret .dostet daram .

    Comment by ufo_khasahiar — September 20, 2006 @ 7:19 am

  38. Anousheh,
    I worked for you several years ago at Sonus Networks in Richardson, Texas (formerly Wanda Gray). I must say that I was proud and extremely excited when I heard your dream had been realized. My prayers and best wishes are with you and your family. Tell Hamid, Amir and Atousa I said hello! And have a safe and wonderful journey. You have made us all proud!

    Comment by Wanda Canty — September 20, 2006 @ 2:17 pm

  39. Yes cogratulations Ms Ansari. Hope u’ll have the time of your life up there and that u’ll inspire many many people and bring peace to people all’round the world…then of course… with the 25M$ spent for ur trip u could have probably helped some tousands people eating and drinking fresh water for a good bit of time, for example. But then again it is way more exciting to inspire us and be the chage by spending some time in training and 11 days in space. Way to go Anousheh, way to go…
    Don’t get me wrong, for what I read about u, u sound like an amazing person and u already did so many good deeds, so probably (or very likely) u deserve to be there and enjoy some personla gratification, but u kno… 25M$….that’s a lot of money for a trip…

    Still I wish u the best and a safe trip back home.


    Comment by Diego — September 20, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

  40. You have taken all of us with you in spirit. Your trip has made everyone in your company, state, country, and planet excited about your travels. Thank you for making us feel that we are in orbit with you. I can’t think of a better woman to be the very first female visitor in space. I too, don’t agree with the “space tourist ” jargon. Thanks so much for such a thrill.I don’t know if you can sleep up there, it’s hard for us down here to sleep because we can’t get enough of the NASA channel to see your updates. I met many of your employees at your launch party and you have found some of the most intellegent and warm hearted people. They are your personal fan club. Safe return!

    Comment by Ellen — September 20, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

  41. Hello, Anousheh Ansari.

    My name is Geoff Weston.I wrote in yesrday also.I watched your Soyuz docking on Nasa TV. And have watched you be welcomed in the Space Station. Can you post more photos on your blog. Last night you passed overhead of us in Dunedin New Zealand. ‘go Anousheh go’.


    Comment by Geoff Weston — September 20, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

  42. Hi Anousheh,

    I am so excited and proud of you for being such an inspiration to young girls and women all over the world. I hope that you enjoy each and every moment as you fulfill your dream. How exciting for us to be able to share in your adventure. Thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us watching from this side of heaven 🙂

    God Bless!

    Comment by Nora Pardo — September 21, 2006 @ 12:08 am

  43. Dear Anousheh,

    Have a good time on ISS and safe return…

    Best Wishes 🙂 from Yerevan-ARMENIA & Istanbul-TURKEY

    Comment by Sayat Saghbazarian — September 21, 2006 @ 1:34 am

  44. Dear Anousheh!

    Best wishes from Greenland, the land where Santa Claus i staying.

    Have a nice trip in the space.

    God bless you.

    From Peter in capital of Greenland, Nuuk

    Comment by Peter Olsen Lennert — September 21, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

  45. ba salam khanom ansari man benahayat khoshhalam ke ba avalin banoye faza navard irani mokatebe mikonam .man az didane shoma ehsas ghoror va eftekhar kardam .
    omidvaram ba movafagheyat tamam mamoriyathayetan ra tamam konid va dar nahayate tandorosty be zamin bazgardid.
    man az zamin roze shanbe saat 5 am beshoma negah mekonam va ghalbam ba shady baraye shoma metapad.
    dost daram javabe email mara bedahid.
    baraye salamaty shoma doa mikonam.
    ** khoda negah dar ** [received]

    Comment by Akram Heidari — September 21, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

  46. Dear Anousheh & Team,
    You make us proud, as an Iranian, an American and most importantly as a female human being, who has overcome so much. You are the inspiration for millions of others who will follow your example.

    Let us not forget, if it were not for your fine parents and those nifty Russian boosters, you would not be where you are.

    Therefore, I give thanks to many others who have / are working ceaselessly to make this adventure possible.

    Irvine, CA

    Comment by Mark K. — September 21, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

  47. با ارزوي سلامت و موفقيت

    Comment by shahrzad — September 21, 2006 @ 6:38 pm

  48. Personas como ud son inspiradoras de grandes proyectos, de verdad la tierra deberia tener personas como ud.Es la representante de la mujer en el mundo sin distincion de razas, idioma, religion, politica.

    Comment by FRANCISKOV VIANA — September 21, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

  49. Hi Anousheh(RS0ISS)Iwas very excited to be the first Amateur Radio Operator to contact you on the ISS.I would like to recieve a QSL card from you–just send to and I can print it off.Have fun on your wonderful adventure.73 and 88.Ned Carroll,VE5NED

    Comment by Ned,VE5NED — September 21, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

  50. Just these words to express my admiration.
    I wish meeting you on day.
    Safe return bach home.
    High regards,

    Comment by Michel Schroeder — September 21, 2006 @ 10:36 pm

  51. *sigh* — Okay, folks, all these stray comments have been collected and mailed to Anousheh in space.

    This comment section was meant for communicating with Ground Ops. That section is now in Ground Ops Comm

    Congratulations to VE5NED on the first QSO with Anousheh in space.

    73 and 88

    Comment by X PRIZE — September 22, 2006 @ 2:06 am

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