Persian Space Podcaster Set For Lift-OffSep 17th, 2006 | By James Lewin | Category: Audio Podcasting, General
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‚Ä¶ a strange mix of excitement and anxiety. Strangely enough my anxiety is for those who await me here on Earth. My family‚Ä¶ 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.”
- Monday September 18 ‚Äî 1:08 a.m. Baikonur
(Sunday September 17 ‚Äî 11:08 p.m. Texas ) – Launch 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.