Saturday, August 26, 2006

Presenting the world's first female space tourist

Anousheh Ansari will become the world's first female space tourist. The 39 year old American-Iranian is the Chairman of Prodea Systems and funds the X-Prize Foundation. From CNET:
"Anousheh Ansari has been officially named to the Soyuz TMA-9 primary crew," Space Adventures, working in partnership with Russia's space agency Roskosmos to launch space tourists, said in a statement.

"The first female spaceflight participant will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 14, 2006, en route to the International Space Station, along with the Expedition 14 crew members: NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin."

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