Welcome Home, Anousheh Ansari

For those who don’t know, Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-born American woman and co-sponsor of the Ansari X-Prize (which saw the launch of the first privately built and launched space vehicle), became part of the history books last week by hitting a lot of “firsts”:
– First female space tourist;
– First Iranian in space;
– First female Muslim in space;
– First space blogger. (Apparently, it’s been done before, just not quite in the down-to-earth, accessible-to-everyone manner Anousheh pulls off! See NASA’s listing of Astronaut Journals).

Her “Space Blog” has been a delightful pleasure to read. Her description of weightlessness, for instance, titled “Thank God for Velcro” made me almost “get it”. More, her personality shines through in every word. She makes me wish I could introduce her to my Girl Scout Troop as a role model. Actually, I’d love to have her as a friend. I’m SO jealous, too! *LOL*

Anousheh has returned to Earth early this morning (well, early morning GMT, anyway!). I can hardly wait to read the follow-up posts that are sure to come.

If you have nothing to do, or have had stars in your eyes all your life, or simply want to get a little insight into one of the most fascinating women of our time, why not point your browser to her Space Blog?

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