|Nationality||Iranian / American|
|Born||September 12, 1966|
|Space time||10d 21h 04m|
|Missions||Soyuz TMA-9, Soyuz TMA-8|
Anousheh Ansari (Persian: انوشه انصاری, born 12 September 1966) is the Iranian-American co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc and a spaceflight participant with the Russian space program. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iran topics. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 1213 - Albigensian Crusade: Simon de Montfort 5th Earl of Leicester, defeats Peter II of Aragon at the Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. Mashhad ( literally the place of martyrdom) is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iran topics. A businessperson (also businessman or businesswoman) is someone who is employed at usually a profit-oriented enterprise, or more specifically someone Soyuz TMA-9 was a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS launched by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle Soyuz TMA-8 was a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS launched by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle Events 1213 - Albigensian Crusade: Simon de Montfort 5th Earl of Leicester, defeats Peter II of Aragon at the Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. Iranian Americans are American citizens of Iranian ethnicity or heritage Prodea Systems is a consumer technology company headquartered in Plano, Texas, United States. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. A chief executive officer ( CEO) or chief executive is typically the highest-ranking corporate officer ( executive) or administrator (TTI). The Ansari family is also the title sponsor of the Ansari X PRIZE. The Ansari X PRIZE was a Space competition in which the X PRIZE Foundation offered a US$ 10000000 Prize for the first non-government On September 18, 2006, a few days after her 40th birthday, she became the first female Muslim and first Iranian in space. Events 96 - Nerva is proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian is assassinated Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. A Muslim (مسلم pronounced Muslim, not Muzlim) is an adherent of the Religion For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iran topics. Ansari is the fourth overall self-funded space tourist, and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station. Space tourism is the recent Phenomenon of tourists paying for flights into space pioneered by Russia
Born Anousheh Raissian in Mashhad, Iran, Anousheh and her parents moved to Tehran shortly afterward. Mashhad ( literally the place of martyrdom) is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iran topics.  Anousheh witnessed the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The Iranian Revolution' (mostly known as the Islamic Revolution, Persian: انقلاب اسلامی Enghelābe Eslāmi was the Revolution that transformed She emigrated to the United States in 1984 as a teenager. 
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science at George Mason University and her master's degree at George Washington University. A Bachelor of Science ( BS, BSc or BSc in the UK; less commonly S George Mason University (also referred to as GMU or Mason) is a large Public university in the United States. The George Washington University ( GW or GWU) is a private coeducational university located in Washington D 
After graduation, Anousheh began work at MCI, where she met her future husband, Hamid Ansari. MCI Inc is an American Telecommunications company that is headquartered in Ashburn Virginia. They married in 1991. 
In 1993, she persuaded her husband, Hamid Ansari, and her brother-in-law, Amir Ansari, to co-found Telecom Technologies, Inc. , using their savings and corporate retirement accounts, as a wave of deregulation hit the telecommunications industry. The company was acquired by Sonus Networks, Inc. in 2000 for $550 million in stock. Since the sale, Sonus' stock has fallen from $40 a share to under $5. Ansari and eight other individuals are defendants in a shareholder suit that, among other things, accuses her of insider trading. Insider trading is the trading of a Corporation 's Stock or other securities (e 
Ansari has expressed that she does not consider herself a "space tourist", and prefers the title of "spaceflight participant". 
Ansari is a member of the X PRIZE Foundation’s Vision Circle, as well as its Board of Trustees.  Along with her brother-in-law, Amir Ansari, she made a multi-million dollar contribution to the X PRIZE foundation on 5 May 2004, the 43rd anniversary of Alan Shepard's sub-orbital spaceflight. Amir Ansari is co-founder of venture capital firm Prodea Systems, Inc Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr (November 18 1923 &ndash July 21 1998 ( Rear Admiral, USN Ret The X PRIZE was officially renamed the Ansari X PRIZE in honor of their donation.
The Ansari family investment firm, also named Prodea, has announced a partnership with Space Adventures, Ltd. and the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation (FSA) to create a fleet of suborbital spaceflight vehicles (the Space Adventures Explorer) for global commercial use. Space Adventures Ltd is a Space tourism company that provides access to space to private citizens The Russian Federal Space Agency ( Russian: Федеральное космическое агентство России Federal'noe kosmicheskoe agentstvo Rossii The Explorer Spaceplane is a Suborbital tourist Spaceplane based on the Space Adventures C-21 design 
Ansari trained as a backup for Daisuke Enomoto for a Soyuz flight to the International Space Station, through Space Adventures, Ltd. Daisuke Enomoto (ja 榎本大輔 Enomoto Daisuke, born April 22, 1971, nicknamed Dice-K) is a Japanese businessman and former Livedoor Design A Soyuz spacecraft consists of three parts (from front to back A Spheroid Orbital module, which provides accommodation for the crew during  On 21 August 2006, Enomoto was medically disqualified from flying the Soyuz TMA-9 mission that was due to launch the following month. Events 1192 - Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the De facto ruler of Japan. Soyuz TMA-9 was a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS launched by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle The next day Ansari was elevated to the prime crew. 
Asked what she hoped to achieve on her spaceflight, Ansari said, "I hope to inspire everyone—especially young people, women, and young girls all over the world, and in Middle Eastern countries that do not provide women with the same opportunities as men—to not give up their dreams and to pursue them. . . It may seem impossible to them at times. But I believe they can realize their dreams if they keep it in their hearts, nurture it, and look for opportunities and make those opportunities happen. " The day before her departure, she was interviewed on Iran national television for the astronomy show Night's Sky.  The hosts wished her success and thanked her on behalf of Iranians. Ansari in return, thanked them. 
Ansari lifted off on the Soyuz TMA-9 mission with commander Mikhail Tyurin (RSA) and flight engineer Michael Lopez-Alegria (NASA) at 04:59 (UTC) on Monday September 18, 2006 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Mikhail Vladislavovich Tyurin ( Russian: Михаил Владиславович Тюрин (b The Russian Federal Space Agency ( Russian: Федеральное космическое агентство России Federal'noe kosmicheskoe agentstvo Rossii Miguel Eladio "LA" López-Alegría (also known as Michael López-Alegría 30 May 1958) is a Spanish American Astronaut and a veteran The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA, ˈnæsə is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's public space program Events 96 - Nerva is proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian is assassinated Baikonur ( Kazakh: Байқоңыр Russian: Байконур formerly known as Leninsk, is a city in Kyzylorda Province of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan, also Kazakstan ( Қазақстан, Qazaqstan, qɑzɑqˈstɑn Казахстан, Kazakhstán,) officially the Ansari became the fourth (and first female) space tourist. Space tourism is the recent Phenomenon of tourists paying for flights into space pioneered by Russia Her contract did not allow for disclosure of the amount paid, but previous space tourists have paid in excess of $20 million USD. The United States dollar ( sign: $; code: USD) is the unit of Currency of the United States; it has also been The space craft docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday September 20, 2006, at 05:21 (UTC). Events 451 - The Battle of Chalons takes place in North Eastern France.  Ansari landed safely aboard Soyuz TMA-8 on September 29, 2006 at 01:13 UTC on the steppes of Kazakhstan (90 kilometers north of Arkalyk) with U. Soyuz TMA-8 was a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS launched by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle Events 522 BC - Darius I of Persia kills the Magian usurper Gaumâta securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire. Arkalyk ( Арқалық) (also known as Arqalyq) is a city in Kostanay Province, northern Kazakhstan. S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams and Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov. An astronaut or cosmonaut (космона́вт) is a person trained For the Professional baseball player with the same name see Jeff Williams. Pavel Vladimirovich Vinogradov (Павел Владимирович Виноградов (born August 31, 1953 in Magadan, Russia) is a  She was given red roses from an unidentified official, and a surprise kiss from her husband, Hamid.  Rescuers moved them to Kustanai for welcome ceremony with helicopters. Kostanay ( Қостанай; alternative spellings include most adequately Kostanai but also Qostanai and Kustanai 
During her eight day stay on board the International Space Station, Ansari agreed to perform a series of experiments on behalf of the European Space Agency. The European Space Agency ( ESA) established in 1975 is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the exploration of space, currently with 17 member She conducted four experiments, including:
She also became the first person to publish a weblog from space.
Ansari intended to wear the U.S. flag on her spacesuit alongside with a politically-neutral version of the Iranian flag, i. Flags of the United States The Flag of the United States of America consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of Red (top and bottom alternating The current flag of Iran was adopted on July 29, 1980, and is a reflection of the changes brought to Iran by the Islamic Revolution e. the simple 3-color flag with no government-specific emblem, to honor the two countries that have contributed to her life.  A few U. S. -based media wrongly speculated that she was intending to wear the version of the Iranian flag that predated the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The current flag of Iran was adopted on July 29, 1980, and is a reflection of the changes brought to Iran by the Islamic Revolution 
At the insistence of the NASA and Russian officials, she did not wear the Iranian flag officially, but wore the Iranian flag colors instead and kept the Iranian flag on her official flight patch. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA, ˈnæsə is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's public space program  She and her husband said no political message was intended, despite the increasing tensions with United States and Iran relations, which had dominated world headlines in the weeks leading up to her launch. She noted that she had "plans to devote her mission to expanding a global consciousness she expected would be seeded with her first look at Earth from space".
Michael Lopez-Alegria, the Spanish-born NASA astronaut who flew on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft on the return flight with Ansari, expressed his doubts to reporters before the flight: "I'm not a big fan personally of having those guys go visit the space station because I think the space station is still a place that is under construction, and not quite operational. I don't think it's ideal. "
In a recent Associated Press story, Lopez-Alegria stated that he was skeptical of private tourists a few years ago, but now believes it is essential to the survival of the Russian space program which is important to the U. The Associated Press ( AP) is an American News agency. The AP is a Cooperative owned by its contributing Newspapers radio S. space program: "If that's the correct solution. . . then not only is it good from the standpoint of supporting the Russian space program, but it's good for us as well," he said. Ansari's presence in space "is a great dream and a great hope not just for our country but for countries all around the world. "
The same Associated Press story also quoted Mikhail Tyurin describing Ansari as "very professional" and said he felt like they had worked together for a decade.
Reactions to the flight in Ansari's native Iran were generally mixed. On one hand it was given significant coverage by state television. Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, or IRIB, ( Persian سازمان صدا و سيمای جمهوری اسلامی ايران Sāzmān-e Sedā va Sima-ye Jomhūrī-ye IRIB aired a live 1 hour interview with Anousheh in Aseman-e-Shab (Night Sky) live show. Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, or IRIB, ( Persian سازمان صدا و سيمای جمهوری اسلامی ايران Sāzmān-e Sedā va Sima-ye Jomhūrī-ye Anousheh was praised by newspapers such as Hambastegi and Jam-e-Jam Daily, which published daily columns detailing the journey. The astronomy magazine NOJUM also published an exclusive interview of Pouria Nazemi with Anousheh before her trip, in which she discussed her vision for commercial spaceflight. Astronomy (from the Greek words astron (ἄστρον "star" and nomos (νόμος "law" is the scientific study Private spaceflight is flight above Earth Altitude conducted by and paid for by an entity other than a government NOJUM also organized and held gatherings when the ISS passed over Iran's cities. Shahram Yazdanpanah, made a special part about Anousheh's trip to space at Persian "Space Science" website and covered all the news of trip.
On the other hand, this broad coverage was criticized by others such as Jomhoury Eslami, which fears this hype will set a bad example for young Iranians. 
On September 22, 2006, she told reporters that she has no regrets and said "I am having a wonderful time here. Events 66 - Emperor Nero creates the Legion I Italica. 1236 - The Lithuanians It's been more than what I expected, and I am enjoying every single second of it. The entire experience has been wonderful up here. "
Ansari has received multiple honors, including the George Mason University Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, the George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Region. While under her leadership, Telecom Technologies, Inc. earned recognition as one of Inc. magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies and one of Deloitte & Touche’s Fast 500 technology companies. Inc is a monthly Magazine based in New York City targeted towards entrepreneurs and small businesses She was listed in Fortune magazine's "40 under 40" list in 2001 and honored by Working Woman magazine as the winner of the 2000 National Entrepreneurial Excellence award. Fortune is a Global Business Magazine published by Time Inc's Fortune|Money Group
The Ansari family was recently honored with an Orbit Award by the National Space Society and Space Tourism Society for underwriting the Ansari X PRIZE. The Orbit Awards were given by the National Space Society and the Space Tourism Society to pioneers in the private space travel industry and presented at the Annual The National Space Society (NSS is an international nonprofit 501(c(3, educational and scientific organization specializing in Space advocacy. The Space Tourism Society (STS is a new not-for-profit society specifically focused on Space tourism based in USA
Apart from her native Persian, she is fluent in English and French, and acquired a working knowledge of Russian for her spaceflight experience. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people Russian ( transliteration:,) is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia, the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages