Iranian-American woman in space
Monday, September 18, 2006
Anousheh Ansari, 40, an Iranian-American became the first female paying passenger astronaut today. Paying $20 million [USD] for the trip, she replaced a Japanese businessman who decided not to take the trip due to medical reasons. The Russian made Soyuz Rocket lifted off at 04:10 GMT from Baikonur, Russia.
Ansari is a businesswoman in the telecom industry and put up the Ansari X Prize for the first privately funded trip to space won by Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and his team.
The mission is expected to dock with the ISS on Wednesday.
- "Lift off for woman space tourist" — , September 18, 2006
- Anousheh Ansari. "Anousheh Ansari Space Blog" — , September 18, 2006
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