Persian Space Podcaster Set For Lift-Off

Sep 17th, 2006 | By | Category: Audio Podcasting, General

Anousheh Ansari

Persian businesswoman Anousheh Ansari,set to be the first female commercial space tourist, is scheduled to lift off on the Russian Soyuz TMA-9 flight Monday, September 18th.

She plans to blog and podcast from space at a site hosted by Los Angeles-based X PRIZE Foundation.

“I‚Äôm hours away from my flight,” notes Ansari at her Space blog. “It is hard to explain my feelings‚Ķ a strange mix of excitement and anxiety. Strangely enough my anxiety is for those who await me here on Earth. My family‚Ķ I know how hard this must be on them. I must say I‚Äôm not enjoying this stage of it all. I just want to get the launch behind me and start floating in the wonderful weightlessness of space.”

Anousheh Ansari in Training

Soyuz TMA-9 Schedule

  • Monday September 18 ‚Äî 1:08 a.m. Baikonur
    (Sunday September 17 — 11:08 p.m. Texas ) РLaunch to Orbit aboard Soyuz TMA-9 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
  • Wednesday September 20 – Dock with International Space Station
  • September 28 – Return to Earth

The X PRIZE Foundation will host interviews, podcasts, and video with Ansari. Ansari, along with brother in law Amir Ansari, funded the Ansari X PRIZE.

The X PRIZE Foundation manages a number of prizes in the space, health, energy, transportaiton, and education fields. Ansari is set to blast off from Kazakhstan on September 18th for the 10 day space trip.

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3 Responses to “Persian Space Podcaster Set For Lift-Off”

  1. info says:

    The launch was successfull and she’s in space….

    but apparently their Internet connection is down!

  2. [...] Ansari left last September 18 via Russian Soyuz TMA-9 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. More details about the updates from the first woman podcaster in space can be obtained at her space blog. Related article can be read at Podcasting News [...]

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