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.


No 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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