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September 26, 2006

Watching the world go by…

Filed under: Space Explorer — by Anousheh @ 9:10 pm

You have probably heard the expression “watching the world go by.” I guess it is usually used in the context of just passing time, relaxing, and not doing anything… just observing… Sort of a state of inaction…

For Astronauts this expression has a new meaning…

I first heard it from Peggy Whitson and then up here from Jeffrey Williams and Mike LA. For them, it literally means Watching the world go by! As you stare out the window up here you see the Earth slowly rotating in the opposite direction. I guess you could see it both ways… some may see it as if they are stationary on ISS and the Earth is rotating, like I do ;-) — and some may see it as if the Earth is stationary and they are rotating in ISS.

The reality is that we are both rotating in the same direction but the space station is going about 20 times faster than Earth so it makes it feel like the Earth is rotating in the opposite direction… Ok enough of that… I guess your head must be spinning now :)

So anyway… When you look out, depending on which window you are looking through, you will get a different perspective on Earth. From the windows in the Service Module (remember this is were we eat ) you can see straight down so you see just the Earth surface with a little curvature at the edges.

From the side windows in the little cabins and the docking compartment, where I sleep, you see the complete curvature of the Earth against the dark background of the universe. This view is actually my favorite because you see the “Whole” not the “Parts.” I always like to see the big picture before deciding or worrying about the pieces. I wish the leaders of different nations could do the same and have a world vision first, before a specific vision for their country.

So where were we? I was talking about watching the world go by… When I first heard the expression, I loved it and I have tried it up here… especially at night from my sleeping bag. During sunlight (day time) you can see hundreds of shades of blue in the oceans depending on the depth of the ocean and how the sun is reflecting off the surface… You can see the land masses, mostly without vegetation, with these veins running through them in different shapes. These are either rivers or reminiscent of water flowing on the ground and making its mark as it travels down to the oceans…

The cities are easily distinguishable because they look like someone took a shovel and messed up the ground in that area. The agricultural lands have specific geometric shapes and demonstrate different colors based on the crop and the type of soil. You cannot see any borders… you cannot tell where one country ends and another one starts… the only border you see is the border between land and water.

Most of the Earth is usually covered by clouds. First I thought, “This is a bummer! I cannot see anything or take pictures of anything.” But then I got mesmerized by the clouds… They have so many different shapes and formations… Sometimes they look like a thick white fluffy blanket, some other times like little cotton balls scattered all over…

For the Iranians out there, it reminds me of when I was very young in Iran and we had “Panbeh Zan.” They would come every once in a while and take the cotton-filled blankets (Lahaf) and take the cotton out and fluff it with this ancient device that looks like a big bow (Oh! Oh! I’m dating myself ;)) In some regions the clouds look like streaks… like someone took a paint brush and white paint and just stroked the paintbrush in different directions…

Watching the clouds reminded me of Hamid, my husband… one of our favorite things to do, when we are on vacation, is to lay outside and watch the clouds and see what shapes we see in them… I could see many shapes up here… today for example there was this group of clouds that looked like birds or planes… you know the shape… there were also these clouds that looked like Atomic bomb Mushroom cloud… Pasha (Pavel Vinogradov) pointed out a big circular shaped cloud region and told me “Cyclone” or Hurricane.

You can spend hours just watching outside… but after about 45 minutes, the sky starts to get dark as the sun sets behind the Earth and creates this amazing hue of Orange mixed with the prettiest Blue… and then the night time comes. You cannot see the Earth that well unless you’re going over cities. Only then you will see these blotches of orange hue spread around. Large cities, of course, are more visible.

Most of the nights when I look out, I can see thunderstorms down below. I know it’s not pleasant for people experiencing the storm on the ground, but from up here, it looks like a magnificent light show. These flashes of light pop up in different locations randomly. The other night as I was watching this I was listening to “Canon” by Johann Pachelbel, and it looked like someone was orchestrating the lightning with the music… I think we were somewhere near the coast of Australia over the Pacific Ocean…

But that is not the best part. The best part and by far my favorite view up here is the view of the universe at night. The stars up here are unbelievable… It looks like someone has spread diamond dust over a black velvet blanket. The Milky Way is easily visible… like a rainbow of stars over the entire earth… I cannot keep my eyes off of them I put my head to the window and stay there until the coldness of the glass gives me a headache… then I pull my head back a little and continue gazing out.

As I gaze out I thank God once again for helping me be here and experience this. I have been thanking him for letting my inner voice carry out to you all and ask him to give me the vision to see my path in life and the strength to pursue it. These are the most peaceful moments I have had in my life and I feel a great source of positive energy. I have a hard time sleeping too long because I keep forcing my eyes open to just see this beauty and take it all in… only a second longer…

Good night! my Window awaits me so I can watch the world go by and feel all your tears and laughter from down below…

Have an awesome day or night, where ever you are…


  1. What wonderful descriprions you make of your life in Space. It makes for a very interesting read every day that I look forward too very much. I think somehow you are going to miss that view out of the window. Have a safe trip home. Robert

    Comment by Robert — September 26, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

  2. Hello from Toulouse ( France ) which is the european space city :)
    This post to thank u for sharing ur journey to ‘n in stars with us !! It’s a such good idea !!
    Congratulations ! i know u studied french so ” Bravo et chapeau bas ! ”
    Enjoy the view ( I know a little bit how it looks like thanks the orbiter simulator: fans know what it’s :) enjoy zero G and have a safe return to earth !


    Comment by jaby — September 26, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

  3. Hi Anousheh jan

    I read your recent post many many times and it brought tears to my eyes. I am sure that the view of earth from ISS is magnificent.



    Comment by Zahra Mirafzali — September 26, 2006 @ 9:27 pm

  4. Your description of Earth sounds so poetic but it’s real.
    Thank you for sharing with us every fantastic second of your trip !
    Have a good night too !

    Comment by Carolina from Paris — September 26, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

  5. Hello Anousheh,

    My daughter Simone,age 7, loves the photo of you with the apple floating . Many thanks for giving the young, great inspirations and hopes for world peace.

    Nick, Malaysia

    Comment by Nicholas — September 26, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

  6. Thanks for the beautiful view, for our minds from your eyes.

    Comment by Kamal — September 26, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

  7. Thank you for the beautiful description of what you are experiencing. For a moment I was right there with you looking out the window. Peace!

    Comment by Perry Berlind — September 26, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

  8. Beautiful and poetic. Thank you for writing for us!

    Comment by Farid — September 26, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

  9. I can close my eyes and almost imagine what the stars must look like from up there; you must get such a sense of depth without the atmosphere in the way. I hope someday to see what you see, now.

    Congratulations always.

    Comment by Jane E. Valentine — September 26, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

  10. Thanks for very detailed explanation of the earth view !
    Can you collect videos of these views ?

    Comment by Muharram — September 26, 2006 @ 9:39 pm

  11. hi dear anousheh
    im so glad that i can send a message for you.im hadi from mashhad-iran in your original city,im very proud that a one iranian and specially a one mashhadi going to apace.congratulation.
    but i have question that i didnt it in your blog:
    how do you do god there? you are muslim and you know manything about god as more as another partner,you can comparing your knowledg about god and his creation with any thing that you see .you can see god in another angles that we cant see, i have a suggestion for you to be more succeed when you return,when you are alone and dont have any action sitting infront of the window see oitside and thinkink ,thinking about god about yourself,you know better than anyone that this situation is precious and it cost you dearly.sorry my boldnes.
    plz tell us about this experience.?
    have agood travel.
    hadi hasin

    Comment by hadi yasin — September 26, 2006 @ 9:40 pm

  12. I’m getting chills up my spine from reading this, and I’m not a guy that that happens to very often. It’s from both the fact that things like the first Blog from Space are routine enough to go all but unnoticed, and also from how this “revolution through competition” is coming together in so many ways. This will change civilization forever, and you’re leading the way. I don’t know how much web surfing you get to do up there, but there’s a story out today about women in Iran coming outside to see the ISS pass overhead… knowing that you are on it brought some of them to tears.

    You’re a hero not just to them but also to this 40 year old desk-jockey in the American southwest. Enjoy every moment of this, and then get home safe.

    Comment by Kyle Bennett — September 26, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

  13. I can close my eyes and almost imagine what the stars must look like from up there; you must get such a sense of depth without the atmosphere in the way. I hope someday to see what you see now.

    Congratulations always.

    Comment by Jane E. Valentine — September 26, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

  14. Great Story.. wish i could be there too :)

    Much fun for u ;)

    Comment by Great — September 26, 2006 @ 9:43 pm

  15. Very poetical description. As always, I enjoy reading your blog. It would be very nice if you keep writing your thoughs even after your journey ends.
    Thank you once again and emjoy your journey!

    Comment by LC — September 26, 2006 @ 9:47 pm

  16. How wonderful!! I’m absolutely enthralled by your comments. How I wish I could be there, such is life though.

    de WA4SCS sk :)

    Comment by Chuck Christian — September 26, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

  17. Hi Anousheh!

    I got the most amazing goosebumps listening to your description of the world scrolling by below. The little detail touches, like mentioning the cold of the glass giving you a headache, make your experience so real for the rest of us - thank you! You absolutely **have** to write a book about all of this when you get back. No excuses :) It’ll be an instant best-seller.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feelings and experiences - I’ve always wanted to fly in space, but after reading your posts, I want it so bad I can taste it :) You’re waking up one heck of a market for space tourism down here. Keep up the good work and I hope the rest of your trip is awesome beyond words.

    Cheers from Christchurch, New Zealand,

    Comment by Rob Wilson — September 26, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

  18. You are awesome. I read your blog and it gives me renewed hope for the world that we will leave to our children. Thanks

    Comment by Jeff — September 26, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

  19. Anoushe jaan, salam. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing and blessed moments. I like you to know that I am very inspired by who you are and what you have done. I can’t think of any thing more fulfilling than when you see yourself fulfilling the purpose of your existence. It takes an extraordinary human being to be that way and live a life like that. Thank you so much for being the live example of what is possible and what can be available through being one with our purpose.
    More power to you and god bless you!

    Comment by Nazanin — September 26, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

  20. kheili ghashang tosif kardin, engar ke man ham in tajrobe ro dashtam, kheili mamnun az report haye ghashangetun.
    Arash R

    Comment by Aarsh R — September 26, 2006 @ 9:58 pm

  21. i was just waiting someone to say what you just said: the view of the space at night! can it be darkness in space? i guess not.there allways be light!
    i’d like to say you are a wanderfull person and may be one day you could go back to be the president of your country that now is my dream and peace would really be made !
    There allways be light!

    Comment by guil recife brasil — September 26, 2006 @ 9:58 pm

  22. wow!! i love the way you write this marvellous diary..i had no special interest in space and this sort of thing since iam an immunologist ..far enough eh ? but your trip and writing made me feel tremendously happy with tearful eyes . Almighty Allah be with you and help you find the stright path toward him …that he has his own way to let us be close to him.

    ps:how easy is to find kaa’be direction in case for prayer?and basically is it possible to pray there ?

    Comment by naakta — September 26, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

  23. Anousheh - I just posted a comment to your previous entry, and then this post popped up and really caught my attention as specific to our Teachers in Space project. As we pursue our TIS project goals and approach corporate sponsors and state Boards of Education we are being challenged to be clear about the value of taking a teacher into space ( on a suborbital flight.) What is self evident to me - or what I thought was - is not to many of them. I have taken to reciting by rote how our project will impact American education, specifically science, technology, engineering and math….blah, blah, blah…very politically correct, but also pretty lofty. Not surprisingly, I have seen many eyes droop as I have droned on during presentations.
    So of late, I have taken a fresh look, challenging myself to be more ‘real’ about what TIS is about. In this post you have captured it. It is about the experience of a teacher, sharing a new and powerful perspective…and sharing themselves. Your thoughts and feelings are very much reflected in Frank White’s book, ‘The Overview Effect’. In his research he found that space travelers who view the Earth from space value the ‘wholeness’ and the lack of boundaries (opportunity). They experience a new and sustained warmth for humanity.
    As we continue to make our ‘pitches’ to get other teachers into space, I want to talk more prominently about this powerful overview experience, and about the practical ways we can assist the teacher to share the experience.
    So thanks for your inner voice. I hear it loud and clear.


    Comment by Bill Boland — September 26, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

  24. wow!! i love the way you describe your trip down there.i actually had no special interest in space and things like that ,but your trip and diary made me feel tremendously happy with tearful eyes.may Allmighty Allah be with you and help you find the stright path toward him..that he has his own way to let us be close to him .

    ps: how easy is to find th direction toward kaa’be in case for praying and basically is it possible to pray there ?

    Comment by nnakta — September 26, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

  25. And Good Night Anousheh,
    Thank you for making that marvelous image in our mind.
    I am sure when you want to leave the station, you gonna miss that. So enjoy your time and watch and write for us as much as you can.
    Sleep well,
    Bless you and your family.

    Comment by Shahram — September 26, 2006 @ 10:15 pm

  26. Ms. Ansari,

    Great descriptions!!!! That view is amazing!!! In regards to the close quarters, please ask CAPT Lopez-Alegria which had more room, ISS or his stateroom on his first carrier? Take care and please pass my respects to CAPT Lopez-Alegria. Go Navy!!!

    Very Respectfully,

    LCDR Bob Adamcik
    Operational Test and Evaluation Force
    Norfolk, VA

    Comment by LCDR Bob Adamcik — September 26, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

  27. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and inspirational words! We are so proud of you here in Plano, as are all your fellow Americans, Iranian brothers and sisters and indeed all your fellow citizens of Earth. Imagine!

    Comment by Rick — September 26, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

  28. Your description of the view out of the docking compartment window is excellent. Congradulations on your trip! You earned it and you deserve it! No amount of money in the world could feed the world’s poor, their own governments need to shape up and fix their problems, most of which are caused by greed and graft. Enjoy your last day tomorrow and give us a sense of how the Change of Command ceremony goes. Have a safe trip home.

    Alan in Arizona

    Comment by Alan Cook — September 26, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

  29. Hi Anousheh,
    Thanks for your wonderful descriptions of the view of our beautiful planet, it is as if we’re on board too !! Love you for that. I’m really thankful living in an age that I can experience all of this, albeit through the eyes of another person. You’re a very good ambassador. I will try to get a glimpse of the ISS tomorrow, when it is passing over here and will be thinking of you. Have a save trip home and reunion with your loved ones.

    Take care, kind regards,

    Wim, Netherlands

    Comment by Wim — September 26, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

  30. wow!! i love the way you describe your trip experiences.i actually had no special interest in space and stuff like that ,since iam an immunologist , far enough eh ? ,but your trip and provocative diary made me feel tremendously happy with tearful eyes .may Allmighty Allah be with you and help you find the stright path toward him ,that he has his own way to let us to be close to him.

    ps:is it basically possible to pray there toward kaa’be ?

    Comment by naakta — September 26, 2006 @ 10:32 pm

  31. Anoushe joon,


    Comment by yana — September 26, 2006 @ 10:36 pm

  32. Hi, my young. Here’s me, days after your take-off. Well, I’d like to be with you, watching the world go by, but here I am, sat on my chair and reading your blog. I wrote a story, years ago, but it’s in italian. I’d like to send it to you, could you read it some day? It’s a sad sad story, but you might like it. Deals with love and falling stars…by the way, and two men looking at the Earth from what they call “The Terrace”.

    I wrote about you in my blog, simply re writing my first message in this blog, my first and only message, other than this one.

    My young…my email is [received]

    Write me back, if you want, I’ll let you sit down in the Terrace, looking at the Earth, and talking about life with me :-)


    Giulio Severini.

    Comment by GiulioSeverini — September 26, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

  33. :) No words, just accept greetings from Poland,

    Thank you very mush for sharing with us – bloggers and space dreamers – your experience.

    I feel like I am flying with you up there, watching, gazing enjoying and finding inner peace. I feel like I am so near to the amazing stars, the miseries which are awaiting for us humans to discover. May be if we go to stars we will find other brothers who share with us this unbelievable universe. May be we will find paradise even. I am sure you will be inspiring generations for centuries to come till the dream of visiting whole planets in our solar system and near and far galaxies is reality.

    Long time ago I was asking my self, will our normal ears be able to hear noise of planets, suns, comets and other universe objects while rotating and flying? Please try hearing; since there is unique smell of space there could be also sound.

    I am sure many of young students who read your posts from space will be inspired and do great changes latter. So I use this to send a message to future. Because I know this will be in history: I want to say to our sons deep in future, far with hundreds and thousands years that we in 21 century will pave way to what will open possibilities of whole universe on hands of people. What will make human being free, absolutely free. So ( if you read this in year 34768 please remember Ansari, the brave woman who inspired what are just dreams or beyond imagination in year 2006, and what is reality in your time).

    Please Ansari don’t miss any possible detail. I am sure you are now enjoying beautiful and interesting moments in your life. When you come back I wish you will accept a special painting I will create for the memorable colorful day you stepped into ISS. I paint dates; I call them The Colorful Days of the world. I will paint for you 20 September. The day in which you actualized your dream of visiting space is recorded in history, and memories of millions. I wish to record it in art as well. I hope it will be a sing of how dreams may come true, a message to young girls and to every human in present and future that our abilities are beyond limitations.

    I made 20 September a special date I called it “Space Dream” it will be waiting for you when you return to the biggest space station – land :) I will paint it in the most beautiful color could be seen from space, I think from the description you gave it could be blue or orange.

    Have nice views up there …

    Comment by Ali — September 26, 2006 @ 10:39 pm

  34. Bravo!!

    I’m writing from Canada. You are on an incredible adventure. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Have a safe return.

    Comment by Lorenzo Z Oznerol — September 26, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

  35. سلام من مملی هستم از تهران -شمیران روز چهارشنبه ساعت 1 بامداد شب
    خواستم بدانم فضا به شما خوش می گذرد یا نه
    موفق باشد

    Comment by mamali — September 26, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

  36. Hello Space Girl :) I just want to tell u how much I want to go there after reading your blog. Astronomy, space program fills up my heart and passion. I’m from poland so It’s not really easy to participate in this very beginning of… oh I would call it Star Trek :) but thanks to this comment I will be closer to space than ever before, afer all You may (if only nasa will transmit it) read it :) I sit in front of a beautiful view of our planet and wodner what it’s like to be there in space.This is the place where we come from and now we slowly learn how to come back to this stellar jurney, to boldly go where no man has gone before, to reach the final frontier.I watch nasa tv as often as I can and thanks to You, your thoughts I want to go for my dreams more than ever. Thank You for everything and don’t work to hard up there :) Good luck and (this has to go through space :) LIVE LONG AND PROSPER =/\=

    Comment by bartek kierzkowski — September 26, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

  37. Beautiful Anousheh :)
    Your sharing of this beautiful experience in travaling space, at unbelievable speed, gazing into the far universe, painting a perfect picture your eyes see thru the coldest of window, numbing your forehead, your mind recording with exact representation, various form of cloud, from behind the scene, in successive ” tableau ” of countless hues of blue and textured white, then back to the night, with tiny little lights nearly perceptible at time, sparkling tru, until the sun comes an glare is brithness in you eyes…. your solace has come to inspire from your vision, and you sharing, so many of us, reading and taking in this wonderful experience, we all hope the relive someday !!

    Take good care in zero G, with your compatriote Mike, Micha, Jeff, Tom, Pavel

    Jules in Quebec City

    Comment by Jules Poirier — September 26, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

  38. Hello

    and many many thanks for sharing all these moments with us, i can feel that I am there and watching the milky way (Rahe Shiry)

    Enjoy and Take CAre

    Lake Jackson, Texas

    Comment by Yahya — September 26, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

  39. All my life I’ve wanted to do what you’re doing now - to gaze back down upon the earth and reflect on how far humanity has come and what we still need to do.

    I’ve watched you pass overhead from central Florida and it’s wonderful feeling to know you’re there, sharing your experience - what it smells like (burnt almond cookies, indeed!), how it feels, sights and sounds and conversations with crewmates. Reading about your experience is the next best thing to being there. Thanks for making it possible.

    Comment by Kevin McLeod — September 26, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

  40. Dear Anousheh,
    The description you wrote about space is magnificiant! i have never thought that space would look like that… especailly when you described the earth! i wish i could be up there, to look at the stars.. it sounds really good.
    i’m so glad that you wrote a diary, about your trip up in space, because it’s not everyday that a woman would go up to space and tell everyone what it’s like. i treasure this moment of reading every sentence of your dairy.
    I hope that you take care of yourself and try not to get a head ache from looking at the stars :) And please continue to write in it!
    Love Steph. From Australia!

    Comment by Steph — September 26, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

  41. Hi Anoushe jaan
    Congratulations on your success. Hope you enjoyed your time up in space.
    It is really great that you share your experience with the people who might never have a chance to gain it themselves.
    Take care

    Comment by atieh — September 26, 2006 @ 11:28 pm

  42. Greetings from West Chester, PA Anousheh,

    Many thanks for the next chapter… “Watching The World Go By”!
    Awesome detail…hopefully you’ll be able to show us some great pictures.

    I thank God that He has given you the opportunity to share your incredible space journey with us. And I know, if you keep asking, God will continue to show you the path He wants you to take.

    Thanks again a God’s blessings to you all!!!

    Comment by screamin75 — September 26, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

  43. All time when I check this space blog,I find something new you explain all stories in details.It is really exciting!
    you are really brave,I would like to congratulate to you for this great trip!
    Take care and try to make some new wishesh you can catch them!

    Comment by Fazel Ansari — September 26, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

  44. Wow, thanks Anousheh, this is great to read about your experience.

    I am so glad that you can travel in space like this and give a great description to all of us.

    I wrote some more in AeroGo about how your blogging might help the public appreciate space, and I’ve not been disappointed!


    Comment by Gordon — September 26, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

  45. […] Anousheh Ansari continues her blogging (or pseudo-blogging or whatever you want to call it), discussing life on the station and watching the Earth from the station. The best part,” however, she notes, “and by far my favorite view up here is the view of the universe at night. The stars up here are unbelievable… It looks like someone has spread diamond dust over a black velvet blanket.” […]

    Pingback by Personal Spaceflight » Tuesday Ansari updates — September 26, 2006 @ 11:42 pm

  46. Hello;
    First, I’d just like to say “way to go, kid!” At age 51, I think I can say that.
    I have a few questions, and you can answer them when you have time.
    Does the sensation of real microgravity, that is, microgravity in space, feel like there is nothing pulling on any part of your body at all?
    Being 6′4″ tall, and 250 lbs, I’d love to spend a night sleeping in the arms of the cosmos. Have you slept better since you’ve been on station? Once you get used to the constant fans and pump motors, your mind blocks them out, and you can sleep. Have you experienced the flashes of light caused by cosmic rays passing through your eyes? Have you had any changes in your dream pattern, like really weird dreams?
    We’ll see you on the ground in a few days…

    “It’s been a long road, getting from there to here”,
    Dave Hromanik
    Pittsburgh, PA.

    Comment by Dave Hromanik — September 26, 2006 @ 11:44 pm

  47. Its hard to imagine that at this moment you are floating in this huge black sky that we have above us, and as a matter or fact you are looking down at us…..
    What a great experience you are living. Enjoy the silence, the inmensity of the sky, but above all enjoy the views of the universe. Thank you for shareing all of this, its amazing!

    Comment by Marina - Argentina — September 26, 2006 @ 11:50 pm

  48. Anousheh,

    Your description of pressing your head to the window until you get a headache from the cold was so vivid I could feel it on my own head, as if i were seeing through your eyes and feeling what you feel. Beautiful.

    Thank you very much. It sounds wonderful.

    Comment by Marty in Houston — September 26, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

  49. Hi Anousheh -

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and experience from the ISS with us here on Earth.

    What you have written has been extremely enjoyable and interesting reading.

    I wish your stay at the station could have been longer, you are truly a very remarkable person, best wishes for you and your future.

    Bye for now - ski1939, Freeport, Illinois, USA.

    Comment by Martin Duszynski Jr — September 27, 2006 @ 12:06 am

  50. Anousheh,
    without words - GREAT!
    Yvonne Heckel, ambassador, Space Education Institute, Germany

    Comment by Yvonne Heckel — September 27, 2006 @ 12:15 am

  51. I was delighted by your prose, your insight, your spirituality. I thank you for including even me in your thoughts, as you did everyone else in this world. May God continue to watch over you and us as well. Peace. Bruce Johnson

    Comment by Bruce Johnson — September 27, 2006 @ 12:30 am

  52. Hi Anousheh jaan,

    I want to tell you how proud I feel about being an Iranian when I read about you and your successes. I also enjoy reading about your experiences up there watching the big picture.

    It was such a poignant moment when I saw the green, white and red colous of the Iranian flag on your right arm that I cried, with pride of course.

    Keep up the good work and have a safe journey back.


    Comment by Flora — September 27, 2006 @ 12:52 am

  53. Hi Anousheh:

    The Space Show and all its listeners wish you the best and strongly support you, your blog, and your flight for all humanity. With listener Robin we spoke about your blog this morning with Buzz when he was a guest on the show. You are doing great work, all of us are so very proud of you. The Space Show will continue to direct people to your blog. This is outstanding.

    From all your friends here at The Space Show, fly safe, return safe, all of you up there.

    Comment by David Livingston — September 27, 2006 @ 1:06 am

  54. Hi Anousheh,
    Greetings from southwestern Finland. It’s been clear here the past days and I like watching the sky so I might have spotted the station if lucky. I’ll wave next time.

    You’re being a pioneer. In the future, maybe even during my lifetime the space travel will probably get easier for people so you can be with safe mind knowing that you were the among the first ones.

    Heh, me and my girlfriend are living in different sides of the globe. She’s in Japan and I’m in here. If you’re lucky you might see the both countries at the same time. I’m probably never going into space myself, but maybe my kids will, or grandchildren someday. Though there’s still longing for all of us, I think, “to touch the sky”.

    Ah.. it’s morning already, have to go to sleep now. School.

    Take care and have a safe return trip. Remember to swallow if the ears get locked.

    Thank you for your time, sorry I wrote so long, I don’t want to keep you a minute too long from watching the world, wish I could see it at least once in my lifetime too.

    - Pauli Laatikainen, Raisio, Finland

    Comment by Pauli — September 27, 2006 @ 1:14 am

  55. Hello from Australia!
    I think I might have been in that storm that you described!
    Lightening looks awesome from down under, but I can just imagine how much more awesome it would’ve looked like from space!
    I love lying under the night sky and watching the Milky Way twinkle above… but it must look a thousand times more amazing from up there….
    I’m watching the world go by now too, except not in quite the same way as you are… I wish I can watch the world go by and the beautiful sunsets from where you are too…one day…
    enjoy the rest of your time up there and take in as much of the view as you can!
    cheers! from down under

    Comment by Sindy — September 27, 2006 @ 1:22 am

  56. hi my dear
    i am from iran.tehran
    i like you because you want arrive to your wants

    i want you to go to iran

    oh i am a student of aero space engeering
    thank you

    Comment by hamid — September 27, 2006 @ 1:34 am

  57. thanks for the beautiful view

    -from Wally-you in korea

    Comment by wally — September 27, 2006 @ 1:43 am

  58. Thank you so much for your wonderful poetic thoughts. It is truly amazing what you are doing up there.I wish you the best of luck! Keep at it.


    Comment by Okro Lightcloud — September 27, 2006 @ 1:48 am

  59. Hello Anousheh,

    I just want you to know that you are being followed from so many different countries in the world, I write you from Santiago, Chile. I’m just so impressed for your sharing your experience. Your perspective, different than the technical one that we have always read makes it a so unique experience, which I’m grateful for. Many thanks for your time and generosity. You will be a real inspiration for so many people around the world, specially women like me. My children have listened carefully when I share with them what I read here.
    God bless you and good luck with the rest of your journey, may He keep on inspiring you so we can keep learning from your wonderful experience.

    Sincerely, Claudia, Santiago, Chile.

    Comment by Claudia Soto — September 27, 2006 @ 1:49 am

  60. Hello from Oklahoma….
    Wow! What a beautiful description–I’ve never thought of traveling to space, but after reading of your adventure, I’m ready to sign up. I wish I could see the view you have at night. It sounds truly amazing. Thanks for sharing & have a safe trip home.

    Comment by Lori Clark — September 27, 2006 @ 2:05 am

  61. Hi Anousheh joon
    As usual I am following your blog everyday and I had to write to you today because your description of space is exactly how I always imagined it to be.
    I am SO SO jealous, and I am not ashamed to admit it. More power to you. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

    Comment by Mojgan and Amir Reza — September 27, 2006 @ 2:29 am

  62. Dear Anousheh,

    I have been reading most of your comments on your extraordinary voyage to space. I am proud of you when I read that how much you care for children’s dream and encourage them to follow their dream. It brought tears in my eyes when I heard your voice calling for some ham radio operator in Iran, as an Iranian I am very proud of you. Your trip has been as exciting as when Neil Armstrong step on the moon. You have set lots of records like being the first woman to travel to space, first Iranian, and many more new records, but it was so exciting that you made such a cute comparison of clouds to “Kar Lahaf Doozy”, the man who makes cotton fluffy. This is for sure the very first time ever that someone thought of “Kar Lahaf Doozy” in space. Every time I read your site it brings tears of joy in my eyes and makes me proud of you.

    May God Bless you and have safe trip back home.

    Comment by Assad Zamani — September 27, 2006 @ 2:52 am

  63. hi Anousheh,
    Thanks for your descriptions of earth from the ISS, you have written it so beautifully, I can almost picture it when I close my eyes. I love reading your space blog. Thanks so much for allowing us to share this wonderful experience with you.
    Have a safe journey back.

    Sukanya, India.

    Comment by Sukanya — September 27, 2006 @ 3:21 am

  64. Hi,
    I really wanted to thank you for sharing your experience with the whole world. Enjoy your holliday!
    Felicitations pour votre courage et votre simplicite a nous faire partager ce moment exeptionnel que vous vivez.


    Comment by Francois — September 27, 2006 @ 3:24 am

  65. Dear Anousheh,

    I can’t wait to hear about everything that happens to you in space and your thoughts. Yes, you make me cry too and, yes you are a hero and role model to me too. I feel like I share many things with you already and haven’t even met you. I am glad you have the opportunity to view the world from a different “perspective” and wish that I and everyone else could see the world from many different perspectives so that we may live more peacefully all together on this planet. As a young woman of Iranian-American heritage, a librarian–promotor of knowledge, understanding and lifelong learning, and a believer in peace, I am so proud of you!

    Comment by Vivienne from San Antonio — September 27, 2006 @ 3:31 am

  66. I am green with envy. Once again I can only imagine the beauty you are witnessing. Thank goodness for your love of Space and all that accompanies it(well maybe not the trip up…Joke). I look forward to the future of civilians in Space at a vacationers pace. Dare to Dream.

    Comment by Michael Le Couteur — September 27, 2006 @ 3:32 am

  67. Hi Anousheh
    I have always imagined about the space and the scenes that space walkers get of the earth and universe. The description blogged by you is immensely fitting in my imagination. I think you have taken us to space through your blogs.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I hope the messages that you are getting are above the boundaries of country, religion and ethnicity.

    Bye and take care

    Parwez from Bangalore India

    Comment by Mohammad Parwez — September 27, 2006 @ 3:40 am

  68. Anousheh Joon,

    What an absolute thrill to read your blog each day! Your ability to describe your thoughts and surroundings is amazing! Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience to help us feel as though we are going through it along with you. I am sure it is no conincidence that God has chosen you for this experience and I am sure you will make a great ambassador for peace upon your return to earth. You have already been able to touch and inspire so many! I am so very proud of you and pray for your safe return to earth in a few days.

    Comment by Negin Mohammadzadeh — September 27, 2006 @ 3:46 am

  69. Beautiful!! Amazing!! Thank you Anousheh!! You definitely have to start the project of building a hotel in orbit just like the ISS but for space tourism!
    Keep enjoying and thanks again for sharing your experience! I’ve already bought my tickets for the X-Prize Cup, I hope to meet you there!
    Maria (from L.A.)

    Comment by Maria Entraigues — September 27, 2006 @ 3:50 am

  70. Dear Anousheh
    Since the time as we were classmate in Jeanne D’Arc in 1980, I knew about your dreams. We shared interesting moments talking about Isaac Assimov’s science fiction books in the backyard of Jeanne D’Arc. I will never forget that moments.
    Congradulations and good luck
    Neda Sadooghi

    Comment by Neda Sadooghi — September 27, 2006 @ 3:58 am

  71. salam man iroony hastam va 11 sal am ast va kaley shomah man ra inspire meekoneed mersy.koshal shodam vakty deedam shomah parchameh irany pusheedeen mersy.taraxxx

    Comment by tara — September 27, 2006 @ 4:00 am

  72. Dear anousheh
    thank you very much for beautifully describing the earth from space,may you describe mountains when you return,how do they look like?you described the earth so beautifull as if we saw it and we were there near you,i thanked god in ramadan morning for letting you to get your dreams and creat beautiful sights of the earth for us and creat important and serious goals in our life and strong desire to get them.thanks for everything.
    wish you safety return

    Comment by amir khosravi from kermanshah — September 27, 2006 @ 4:07 am

  73. Anousheh,
    It’s very inspiring to see you pioneering so many aspects of human spaceflight. You are enlightening the world to the promise of space and emphasizing that there is a universe beyond our politics. Humanity’s near-term expansion into space is crucial for our long-term survival and you are certainly doing your part to spread that message. Have a safe trip back and happy landings!

    Comment by PeakEngineer — September 27, 2006 @ 4:25 am

  74. salam
    pinglish minvisam chon samimane tare.
    az inke bar khalafe kheyli az pooldara vaght va poolet ro sarfe
    ebtekarati mikoni ke dar tarikh sabt mishe,mandegare va baese
    eftekhare hamvatani mesle man hast vaghean mamnoonam.
    chon in rooza adami melse u oonam az noe irani peyda nemishe.
    va in nokte arzeshe kare shoma ro bishtar mikone.
    rastesh kheyli delam mikhad bedoonam vaghti az istgahe fazaee
    be zamin negah mikardi daroonet che ehsasi dashti va dar morede
    ayande chi fekr mikardi?
    rasti vaghti bargashti ye vaght ba khodet ye doone bache Alien nayari? :D
    khoshhalam ke enghadr rahat mitoonam ba mashhoortarin zane irani sohbat konam.be agha hamid salam beresoon:->
    khoda negahdaret:x

    Comment by Mehdi Moghani — September 27, 2006 @ 4:27 am

  75. Anousheh,

    Your an inspiration, and your way of putting your experience is beautiful. I thank you for sharing all that you see and feel. I am a bit old to ever hope for a trip like yours but I am enjoying the journey with you.

    Thank you so much.

    Comment by Bill Belshaw — September 27, 2006 @ 4:33 am

  76. Hi Anoushe ;

    Wow Wow Wow … I have been tracking your progress from the day that you where confirmed as a primary crew on TMA-9. As an Iranian-American and above all as a citizen of this beautiful plant I feel so proud of you. Thank you for being who you are and doing what you do. You are touching the life of many many people all over the world. Your recemt story help me get right up there with you. I talk about your blog every night with my wife and my daughter and remind them that how long has it been since I have felt this proud similar to many other Iranian-Americas. I wish you a safe stay and return … I will be tracking your progress and please continue to write. I log in at least couple times of the day to you blog to read your new writings.

    Once again thank you for all you do …

    Darab Badiee - Redwood City, CA

    Comment by Darab Badiee — September 27, 2006 @ 4:36 am

  77. Dear Anousheh,
    thank you very much for sharing your beautiful experience up there. The way you have discribed, have made it easy for us to imagine what it really feels up there and how the world looks from there.

    Have a safe return.
    Take care.

    Rajesh Kumar

    Comment by Rajesh Kumar — September 27, 2006 @ 4:43 am

  78. Dear Anoushe
    Your peacefull thought is admirable. You invite politician for being there with hopes to stop violence on our planet. Warming our planet is a serious danger and nobody cares!
    Kaivan from your mother land

    Comment by Kaivan — September 27, 2006 @ 4:47 am

  79. NIFTY and wish u all the best
    pls continue staring at all of us in earth
    and write your diary so we can share reading it !

    mashuri from Malaysia

    Comment by mashuri — September 27, 2006 @ 4:59 am

  80. Hi Anousheh,

    I am writing in from India. It is really wonderful to have you share your experiences with us. I have started to look forward to reading your bolg everyday & enjoy your wonderful descriptions of Earth.

    Thanks & enjoy your “space” odessey

    Arun Ganapathy-Mumbai,India

    Comment by Arun — September 27, 2006 @ 5:05 am

  81. Anousheh,

    You have an amazing way of describing the experience of being in space. Over the years i’ve heard the view from orbit described many times but yours puts a unique perspective on it. And that description of deep space… all i can say is i want to see it for my self ( i won’t mind freezing my nose off one bit if that be the price :-) ).

    If it was up to me i would make sure you are on the next spacecraft to go back to the moon and the first to land on Mars so you can continue to give mankind such a wonderful view of the universe beyond our own doorstep.

    So looking forward to the next entry…

    Muinde JK

    Starry eyed in Dallas TX

    Comment by Muinde Kithome — September 27, 2006 @ 5:05 am

  82. hi anousheh
    I just read your description, closed my eyes and imagined what you said.
    its absolutely fantastic.
    I love the peaceful feel to it.

    Comment by alimorad — September 27, 2006 @ 5:13 am

  83. خانم انصاری عزیز
    باعث افتخار همه ما هستید
    با آرزوی سفری خوش و موفقیتهای بیشتر برای شما
    علی - توکیو
    ps:در ضمن صد البته” ما” شامل همه” پنبه زن” های عزیز هم میشه

    Comment by ali — September 27, 2006 @ 5:15 am

  84. Since I found your blog, I read it every night. It is beautiful and touching. Thank you so much for sharing all these with us. You opened my eyes to the space. I can’t wait for tomorrow night to sit here and try to imagine you up there.
    Please say hi to the entire universe for me. I feel sad that the human is destroying the earth and you even can see it from there.

    Farnaz San Diego, CA

    Comment by Farnaz — September 27, 2006 @ 5:16 am

  85. Salam Khanome Anoushe Ansari

    Ghodrat khoda ra onja fekr konam bishtar ehsas koni. rasti peygham man ke diroz dadam ra be khoda gofti. azash khasti kari kone ke adamhay be in kochiki aramesh va safaye zamin ra hefz konand.
    Movafagh bashi

    Comment by Mohammadreza Niazi — September 27, 2006 @ 5:17 am

  86. سلام انوشه جان
    از اينكه اين قدر قشنگ همه چيزها را توصيف ميكني ممنمون
    من هم فكر ميكنم در اين سفر فضايي همراه تو بودم

    Comment by leila — September 27, 2006 @ 5:22 am

  87. Anousheh,

    We’ve had the perspective of our planet being a “spaceship” since the days of Apollo when astronauts could see that they only had one place that they could return to and how small a fragile it looked in the imensity of space. What will it take for political leaders to realize that, unless we all learn to get along together, there isn’t much hope for our incredible home.

    I hadn’t heard or read a description of what the stars looked like from space - the milky way as a rainbow really touched me. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    It must be really difficult to go to sleep with all that beauty out there!


    Comment by Richard Fredrick — September 27, 2006 @ 5:30 am

  88. سلام خانم انصاری
    خسته نباشید و انشاالله که خوش گذشته باشد. توصیفات شما از فضا واقعا قشنگ است. لذت بردم چند تا سوال داشتم اول شما فرزند هم دارید یانه چند تا و چند ساله دختر یا پسر دوم دمای هوا در مدار 400 کیلوتری چقدر است و در ایستگاه فضایی چقدر و چگونه وبا چه تجهیزاتی دمای داخل برای شما تنظیم میشود سوم با توجه به اینکه شما هر یک ساعت ونیم یک شبانه روز را طی می کنید بعد از 8 روز در فضا بودن سن شما چگونه حساب خواهد شد آیا به ازای هر شبانه روز زمینی باید برای شما 16 شبانه روز حساب کنند چهارم با اوصاف سوال قبل وضعیت سالگرد تولد شما چه خواهد شد کی باید برای شما جشن تولد بگیریم با تشکر به امید بازگشتی آرام وسالم و به امید دیدار در ایران

    Comment by محمدرضا از تهران — September 27, 2006 @ 5:34 am

  89. Hi Anousheh jaan,

    I’m happy to hear that everything is doing well and your are
    enjoying everything. Your weblog gives me the chance to see
    the earth from the space and get known a little bit about someone’s experiences in the space. It’s particularly lovable because I can see it and feel it from the eyes of an Iranian. Surely nobody can liken the clouds to cotton coming out from a LAHAF and being fluffed by a “PANBEH ZAN” except an Iranina who has seen it. It really shows your pretty and kind soul.
    So I’m really proud of you and wish you the very best up there in the space and on the earth as well.

    Behtarin Arezooha baraye to
    A.Shariati(From Tehran)

    Comment by Amir Shariati (Tehran-Iran) — September 27, 2006 @ 6:01 am

  90. Hi Anousheh,

    The way you have described everything is just fantastic!!! It’s wonderful to read your blog. We, people on land :-), can see everything from your eyes! Thanks!!!


    Comment by Ashvin — September 27, 2006 @ 6:07 am

  91. سلام انوشه خانم
    خیلی ممنون که جزییات سفرتون را برای ما مینویسید واقا جالب و هیجان انگیزه برای شما فرود خوب و روزهای خوشی را آرزومندم و برای شما و خوانواده تان دعا میکنم
    حمید از تهران

    Comment by hamid tehran — September 27, 2006 @ 6:12 am

  92. Hi Anousheh,

    It was excellent! Appeared like we were in space with you.
    I will share with my 7 years daughter Hardi (http://photos.yahoo.com/mehul_trivedi ). She is very much ambitious to make this like you :)
    Good Luck!

    Comment by Mehul Trivedi — September 27, 2006 @ 6:13 am

  93. Hi Anousheh Jan,
    i am writing from Iran. Thanks for your beautiful description you write us from your trip. it is really great that you could share with us all you see and all you feel from there. we are really proud of you…..

    Take Care Maryam

    Comment by Maryam — September 27, 2006 @ 6:20 am

  94. Dear Anousheh,

    thank you for writing in a blog about your space experiences! I only found the blog now and immediately read it through. The descriptions of space life were very interesting. I have always been interested in space and your experiences of spice life have thus been very welcome.

    It’s great of you to write about peace in such a way, that it’s not too obvious. Therefore I think that you have made many people think about your words.

    I hope that you post lots of “living in space” and “pretty wonders of space” pics here. :)

    Have a safe trip back home.

    Greetings from Finland, Europe

    Comment by Outi — September 27, 2006 @ 6:29 am

  95. Salam Anousheh jaan,

    I’m happy to hear that everything is doing well and you are enjoying your time.
    Your spaceblog gives me a perspective of the earth from the space and let me get known a little bit about someone’s experiences in the space. It’s particularly lovable because I can see and feel it from the eyes of an Iranian. Surely nobody can liken the clouds to cotton coming out from a LAHAF and being fluffed by a PANBEH ZAN except an Iranian who has seen it. It really shows you pretty and kind soul.
    I’m really proud of you and wish you the very best in the space and on the earth.

    Behtarin Arezooha baraye to
    A.Shariati (From Tehran)

    Comment by Amir Shariati (From Tehran-Iran) — September 27, 2006 @ 6:31 am

  96. با كمال افتخار بر تو درود مي فرستم به اميد آنكه در ماه همديگر را ببينيم

    Comment by Saeed Shokouhi — September 27, 2006 @ 6:42 am



    Comment by ALI TOHIDI — September 27, 2006 @ 6:47 am

  98. انوشه عزيز
    در اين لحظات روحاني و در ان مكان رويائي كه هستي دعاو عبادت و ستايش پرودگار عالميان بر تو قبول و مبارك باد

    اشرف گرامي

    Comment by Ashraf Gerami — September 27, 2006 @ 7:00 am

  99. Dear Anousheh,
    Many thanks for writing such wonderful experiences in space. I’m happy that you’ve enlightened people all around the world with positive messages, and looking forward for a betterment of the future. Happy space travelling! :)

    Khairul, Malaysia.
    p/s: It nice with all that, Cannon by Pachelbel, surrounding your space dreams. :)

    Comment by Khairul — September 27, 2006 @ 7:01 am

  100. Dear Anousheh,

    You wrote beautifully just like you - beautiful inside as well as outside. Cheerful, positive and compassionate. You remind us of that exist within us and I would like to believe that the world is as calm, peaceful and beautiful. You remind us that it is possible. Somehow, you break down alot of barriers that separated us. Safe journey and produce more children like you!

    Comment by Kong — September 27, 2006 @ 7:04 am

  101. You are the greatest Ansari, your courage and success is admired from everyone down here. have a fun trip. Patrick Malta

    Comment by Patrick — September 27, 2006 @ 7:04 am

  102. The way you describe things… Unbelieveable… What an experience!

    Comment by Camilla — September 27, 2006 @ 7:06 am

  103. Please stay more and write more. we will pay your costs.
    Best whishes

    Comment by mehdi — September 27, 2006 @ 7:09 am

  104. Dear Anoushe,
    I used to read all your views of the world everyday and thank you for sharing your experice with us. You belong to Iran and you are in fact an Iranian . When you talked about Panbe Zan and Lahaf ( you used these expresions to decribe the clouds) It shows that, you have not forgotten your past as you changed your childhood dream in to real.
    Wish you a safe and successful landing and hope see you in Iran.

    Comment by Hossein — September 27, 2006 @ 7:37 am

  105. hi dear anousheh khubin?

    az inke yek khanume irani dar fazaa hastan ehsase ghurur daram va arezuye saate khoshi ro vasatun daram..


    Comment by rahim........iran...tehran — September 27, 2006 @ 7:39 am

  106. با سلام به خانم انصاري
    شما قلم بسيار شيوائي داريد بيصبرانه منتظر خواندن مطالب بعدي هستم.
    به قول شما اي كاش ميشد رهبران جهاني را به چنين سفري فرستاد تا به عمق كوچكي خود و اوج بزرگي كيهان پي ببرند.
    اميد كه به سلامت باز گرديد.

    Comment by قادر — September 27, 2006 @ 7:55 am

  107. Hello Anousheh

    I am french, I live in the countryside near Paris. I am thinking to you in the space.

    From the space you must have a very profound respect for the creation. You understand that We are responsible of our destiny, to choose the good or the evil.

    I think lots of leader in the world should think about that.

    Best regards

    Fabrice Parsy

    Comment by Fabrice Parsy — September 27, 2006 @ 8:04 am

  108. I am very lucky because I learned from the newspaper about you and your blog you are fantastic person you are the last star in our world take care about your self
    Dimitris K. Rangos
    Glyfada Athens Greece Earth :)

    Comment by Dimitris K.Rangos — September 27, 2006 @ 8:06 am

  109. Hi from South Africa,

    What a wonderful adventure…and your pictures on flickr are awesome. I hope I get an opportunity to travel into space someday…so please keep up your good work with the xprize foundation.


    Comment by mboy — September 27, 2006 @ 8:13 am

  110. Dear Anousheh,

    Thank you so much for your blog entries. I’ve only just discovered these and how wonderful it is to hear from you, your experiences and the joy that the trip is bringing. I won’t say I’m jealous - its far worse than that! :D but I love your philosophy on things…I note that you mentioned a storm near the coast of Western Australia (pacific ocean) - we’ve had some of that lately (I’m in Perth, Western Australia) - how great it was to hear that you’d seen it from space. I found myself crying at your descriptions of the beauty that you see below you each day there - one day I too would to share in that vision.
    When I look at the sky tonight I’ll be thinking of you.
    Much love and warm regards
    Matt Yarnold

    Comment by Matt Yarnold — September 27, 2006 @ 8:16 am

  111. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience, I can not get enough from reading and also complementing what you describe with an ‘earthy’ imagination of what lies above… so beautiful, thanks! (Paris)

    Comment by Alex — September 27, 2006 @ 8:30 am

  112. Hi again Anoush,
    you wrote about clouds and formation…those have prevented me to watch you flying over Milano this very soon morning when I decided to woke up at 6:40 am to watch ISS with beautiful Space Explorer Ansari onboard!
    It was not the first time this morning, I did it many times so far, but this morning I was not lucky enough, I couldn’t see that point in the black sky speeding from W to N so fast!

    Have a safe landing to Earth Fri. morning and…Hang Loose (windsurfer’s salute) ;-)

    Take care

    Comment by Matteo — September 27, 2006 @ 8:32 am

  113. khanoome anoosheh…salam…midoonam ke haletoon khoobe…mage mishe adam be bozorgtarin arezoosh berese o bad bashe?!!! fekr nemikonam!! man to site haye dige ham baratoon peygham gozashtam..vali omidi nadaram ke bekhoonid…midoonam ke kheyli ziade o vaghtiam bargardin karaye ziadi baraye anjam dadan darin…emrooz ke dashtam matalebe jadidi ke shoma neveshtido mikhoondam chizi be zehnam resid!!! midoonid ke irani ha mosaferat ke miran hatman soghati miaran vase azizashoon…. jalebe baram ke bedoonam shoma chi miarin…!!! shayad hichi…shayadm ….nemidoonam…. vaghti shanbe sobh az roo asemoone tehran dashtin rad mishodin saate 5am man dashtam nigatoon mikardam…che hessi dasht??? kash mishod mesle baghie mosaferata ke taghriban vase hame emkan pazire in safar ham vase hame emkan pazir bood!!! shayad ye rooz beshe vali mosalan nazdik nist…comment ha ro ke mikhoondam didam axareshoon doost daran ke jaye shoma bashan (mesle khodam) vali shak daram ke age ina ke alan deleshoon mikhad jaye shoma bashan age 100 milion $ dashtan hazer boodan 20 tasho vase ye safare chand rooze bedan ya na!!! khanoome ansari kheyli doost daram ke ax ha o filmhaei ke az oonja ba khodetoon miarino bebinam … makhsoosan shostane moohatoono ke goftin film gereftin ;)…. oops…fekr nemikonam betoonam bebinameshoon… shoma ke be faza raftino donyaro az oon bala didin… jaye digeie ham hast ke doost dashte bashin bebin…!!!1 dar asl jaei namoonde ke nadide bashin ..;)..jalebe na?! safare badi kojast??? tahe oghyanoos ha??? zire zamin??? a shayadam iran?!!!! ok…kheyli toolani shod..sorry… movafagh bashin…bye

    Comment by azam soleymani — September 27, 2006 @ 8:51 am

  114. Anousheh hi

    Thank you for sharing all your thoughts and feelings with us in such an interesting and pictures way… You have facinated so many people and your mission has become so important to many and has changed the view of our lives and the way of living on this precious planet. Too bad that only a view people so far have been fotunate enough to experience this in person… but of course through your stories you have shared your journey with many different cultures and people around “OUR WOLD” - Thank you for that.

    I do have a question for you… now after having experienced all of this… do you believe that there might be life on another planet- just your personal thoughts…??? How do you think this experience will change part of your own life and routines in life? I am sure you will never look up in the sky with the same feelings again…

    I hope you will have a safe trip back to earth!!

    Take care,
    Anja- Cyprus

    P.S. I am sure Hamid will be happy to have you back…

    Comment by Anja Arsalides — September 27, 2006 @ 9:10 am

  115. Dear Mrs Ansari,

    What a wonderfully uplifting and inspirational blog!

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and insights in such a delightful way.

    Wishing you and the crew a safe return.

    Godspeed and greetings from Germany.

    Comment by Andre — September 27, 2006 @ 9:13 am

  116. dear anousheh, it was very-very touchcing to read your poetic description of earth form space. i wish every one in power had seen our beautiful earth and try to save it. i am very proud of you for promoting space tourism. bye..
    dinesh rawat
    delhi, india

    Comment by dinesh rawat — September 27, 2006 @ 9:15 am

  117. Hello Anousheh

    I have to write you a second time, sorry for that ;-) But there are still a few things I would like to say to you.

    I’m a 25 year old man from Switzerland who was interested in space travel and astronomy for a long time…. Now, since you are in orbit, I’m reading your blog every day. I allready knew a lot about space and how it is to be up there. But you now give the a new dimension. You are a person who has the talent, to describe the things in a very impressive way! I thank you, that you use your talent and share all your thoughts with us!

    One thing you once wrote is very importent to me. It’s something that other Astronauts suggested also… I think it would be a tremendous improvement of our live on earth, when the presidents of the countries would fly once up, and see the things from up there.
    I know, this isn’t possible. BUT I ask myself, why wouldn’t it be possible with the so called “world leaders”? I think about the presidents of the most important (and biggest) countries.

    Heads of UNO, NATO, ..
    and so on

    I mean all the money (for example) USA is investing only into their army, would allow it to many many of the world leaders.

    I think, when you consider the retur of money and value this would have to all humankind, I would say it is worth the effort!

    It would bring us all a more peaceful life on our small blue dot. And in the end, it might save our planet from becoming inhabitable for humanity……

    …A dream I wish would come true…

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    I wish you all the best for your return home, to the small blue dot ;-)


    Comment by Sandro — September 27, 2006 @ 9:19 am

  118. Un blog de fille dans l’espace

    Comment se brosse-t-on les dents en apesanteur ? Et comment se lave-t-on les cheveux ?

    Pour le savoir, suivez en direct les aventures d’Anousheh ANSARI, première femme touriste de l’espace !

    Son blog (en anglais) est agréable à lire et le…

    Trackback by #@?! — September 27, 2006 @ 9:19 am

  119. Congratulations for your trip there and thank you a lot for sharing this which such a clear and accessible way of writing.

    Reading your last article made me wonder how my home island (Tahiti) looked like from up there… with my parents living there so far away from where I live now ! But it’s probably to small to see it from space :)

    I really enjoyed reading your posts about your life in space but now that you’re back I do hope you will go on with writing such inspiring articles.
    You seem to be a really great woman and thanks to people like you I feel I have endless possibilities in this world if I want them enough to happen !

    Thank you again !!

    Comment by gé — September 27, 2006 @ 9:29 am

  120. Dear Anousheh,

    thanks for giving beautiful view of earth from space. Its a

    marvelous desription of earth.

    thanks again

    do come back safely and send a email .

    maruti khairmode

    pune india

    Comment by khairmode maruti — September 27, 2006 @ 9:29 am

    i am a space trainee at Esa and have made several trainings in
    russia E.V.A in the hydrolab, mig flights star navigation
    etc etc as well as colubus station training in cologne. i am very proud that you made it. sure i would have prepered to fly myself but i wait for the suborbital flights of space adventures and thank you for your engagement to make space flights available for everyone.

    werner schaeppi 041 44 808 16 13 switzerland

    Comment by COSMONAUT — September 27, 2006 @ 9:30 am

  122. Hello Anousheh

    I was thinking that when our sky is raining, we can go above the clouds to see the “sun”, but after reading your comments, I think there are more new scopes in the life. Thanks. Vahid. (from Shiraz, Iran)

    Comment by Vahid — September 27, 2006 @ 9:38 am

  123. Hi Anousheh,
    Everyday I eagerly wait for your post to see the universe through your words. Thanks for taking the time to describe it for us, you have actually taken us to the ISS.

    Warm Regards,

    Comment by Vijairaj — September 27, 2006 @ 9:38 am

  124. Baz salam be khanoome Ansari
    bazm ham tashakor mikonam ke inghadr ghashang tosif mikonid va inghadr ghashang tozih midid.I feel I’m up there with u all in the station when I read your notes.
    vaghean mamnoon
    hamishe movafagh bashid

    Comment by Mohsen — September 27, 2006 @ 9:55 am

  125. Hi,
    I felt it is real real description of the experience, in a common man’s language. The examples and explaination given is superb.

    Thanks a Ton, & wish you Happy Return Journey.
    Best Regards,
    Kash Dixit, India

    Comment by Kash Dixit — September 27, 2006 @ 10:06 am

  126. Dear Anousheh

    How nice you write!! Did you ever find your wonderful ability in writing, before your traveling to the space?I think you did and you are aware how much you touch our hearts with your nice stories!! I really feel myself there when I read your daily great stories.You really transfer the sense of peace to our hearts and we can feel it here. As an Iranian and as a Woman I am really proud of you and thanks for giving me this wonderful feeling .please pray for all of us from there to find the peace! you can see it from your window,but we can not find it on the Earth !!Maybe our windows are not sharp very well or our eyes used to see wars!!Anyway don’t forget to bring us its address!!We need it on the Earth!!


    Comment by Taraneh — September 27, 2006 @ 10:12 am

  127. Dear Anousheh

    I can just saying you are doing what I always imagine.
    we love you and proud of you.
    be happy and enjoy it :)

    Comment by Mehrnoush from Iran — September 27, 2006 @ 10:16 am

  128. Greetings from Toronto, about an hour before sunrise.

    What an amazing view of the world. I’m amazed, also, at little things such as the fact that you have Internet access from the ISS. I would have thought there’d be a sense of isolation up there, but it sounds like you feel even more connected to the world, seeing it as a whole.

    I’m often up late at night because I work at home - in fact I’m frequently up all night - and I often go to this website: http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Earth (not sure I can use HTML tags in this comment) to see exactly how far away the sunrise is. Makes me feel the morning’s nearer than it looks.

    I also enjoy watching webcams of places where it’s daylight, or different parts of the world. There are so many live video cameras all over the planet. (Just ignore the “adult” ones :) and look for streetcams or beach cams, or traffic cams. They also have a really neat wildlife cam at http://www.wavelit.com/index.asp?ch=Wildlife&sh=africam where you can watch a watering hole in South Africa near the Kruger National Park. There were elephants there about an hour ago.) You might want to google them and check them out, if you ever feel you’d like a closer view of what you’re looking at through the window. It’s a neat perspective!

    All the best in what you do. Good luck up there!!

    - Naomi Vondell

    Comment by Naomi — September 27, 2006 @ 10:21 am

  129. It is great to see successful Iranians living anywhere in the world. greater than that is to see their nonstop success. One of the happiest news I have heared in my life.

    A great move and may be a new start of thinking.

    A trip to the space is also great shot and a gorgeous action.

    May God bless you, your family and other simillar people as you.

    Best Wishes and all the best,
    Saeid from Tehran

    Comment by Saeid — September 27, 2006 @ 10:22 am

  130. سلام خانم انوشه انصاري
    اميدوارم در هر جا كه هستيد سالم و در كارهايتان موفق باشيد
    ما ايرانيها افتخار ميكنيم كه شما در فضا هستيد.اميدوارم روزي به ايران آمده و در اينجا كنفرانس داشته باشيد.
    ارادتمند شما رضا از مشهد

    Comment by AFSAR — September 27, 2006 @ 10:28 am

  131. salam , salam , salam
    anooshejan doostat daram bekhatere bozorgiyat dar azm va eradeye khastegi napazirat.be to ghebte mikhoram.
    doost daram baraye koodakane bisarparast chizi begooi va kari koni.
    dar donyaye layatanahi be amsale shoma niyazmandand.
    movaffagh bashi azizam
    mohammad hassan gholamalian

    Comment by love & art & space — September 27, 2006 @ 10:43 am

  132. Hi Anousheh,

    Reading your BLOG has become a routine and everyday a new talent in you emerges.

    Your BLOG of today is so poetic….. puts us all to shame.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences it has only made us wiser.

    Have a safe journey home and I am looking forward to meeting you….hopefully, really soon.

    Best regards: Abhai

    Comment by Abhai Varma — September 27, 2006 @ 10:50 am

  133. Dear Mrs. Anoushe,
    I am Katrin from Tehran, Iran. I just read your web blog and I (beghole khodemoun tanam Mour Mour shod) from your description of the earth. We are all so proud of you and we (my family and friends) talk about you all the time. Specially your descripton of the clouds (Lahaf panbe zani) it shows still you think Farsi in your mind. I wish you the best of everything in your life and all your other dreas come true like this one. We all love you and pray for your health and your continious success.

    P.S From this moment, whenever I watch clouds they will remind me of you!!

    Comment by Katrin — September 27, 2006 @ 10:50 am

  134. Braveheart Anousheh,

    Your space blog is the best thing to happen to me everyday. Love the brilliant descriptions, the passion in your heart for all the great things you’ve done. You make it so real for people like me and the millions who dream…Keep up the great task and may the Almighty shower you and your colleagues up there with all the blessings and a safe return. A big GOD bless to one and all at ISS.

    Love-Vivian, Noida

    Comment by Vivian Benny — September 27, 2006 @ 10:55 am

  135. salam anousheh joon
    ma irooniha bi sabrane montazere bargasht to be kore khaki hastim..
    ghol bede iranam biay

    Comment by vahid esmailpour — September 27, 2006 @ 11:09 am

  136. Hi,

    It is such a wonderful experience reading your blogs. I am reminded of the fairytales my mother and grandmother told me when I was a kid, but there is a big difference. When I heard those tales I felt kind of disappointed because i knew it’s all imaginary and I could not believe(however hard I wnated to)in all thsoe beautiful tales. But when I read your blogs I know what I am reading is actually being seen/felt/experienced by some one who is as real as I am.
    I wonder if your experience of going in the space and seeing all thsoe beautiful visuals of the earth,space etc. changed in any way your opinion about the Creator of thsi World.I know it’s not all that trendy talking about such things now a days but still….:-)

    Comment by avinash — September 27, 2006 @ 11:21 am

  137. dear Anousheh,
    I am Vanessa from Germany, member of the mission 3 of the Space Education Institute. I translated with another member your space blog. It was great to read this blog as close as this. Particularly your experiences in washing your hair and so on are told really amazing. While thinking of you being nearly 400 kilometer over us in orbit, thinking of you being one of the stars over us….it is amazing and wonderful.
    Tomorrow, the date of your landing, we will read out your blog in public. We hope that you once will come to Germany and tell us about your experiences. Your really are welcome.

    Hopefully see you,

    Vanessa Gstettenbauer
    Mission 3, Team Stuttgart

    Comment by Vanessa — September 27, 2006 @ 11:50 am

  138. Une touriste de l’espace pour un monde meilleur?


    Anousheh Ansari, femme iranienne, femme américaine, ce qui est un joli pied de nez à l’histoire récente entre la Perse et le Nouveau Monde, est la première femme “touriste de l’espace”, et également la première personne …

    Trackback by Lector et affabulatio — September 27, 2006 @ 11:55 am

  139. Salam dear dear Anoushe
    Thanks for sharing your unique expriments, and thanks for your magic writings that make me to read them for many times, rastesh vase avalin bar too omram hasoodim shod, kheyli delam khast!kheyli ziyad

    Wish you any thing you want.(be alave ye boose gonde az tarafe mamanam)


    Comment by Anahita — September 27, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

  140. Hi Anousheh,

    I sincerely hope that you have “What a wonderful world” in your Ipod. I love Canon too, but, there’s not a single song I would like to hear up there, but this one with louis armstrong.

    Keep an eye on us up there.

    Greetings from Brazil!
    Rogerio Reis

    Comment by Rogerio Reis — September 27, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

  141. Hi Anousheh!!
    It was very nice to read your description about earth, clouds and everything else. I just felt like beeing there…
    I hope you have a nice time there and be sure that everbody “down here” sends you positive vibrations!! Bye bye.

    Greetings from Brazil.

    Comment by Tulio — September 27, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

  142. Hi Dear Anousheh,

    I read ur blog everyday and try not to miss anything from u in NASA TV… You wrote about view of the Earth and the universe, but nothing about the Moon…have u had any chance to see it? How does it look like? also, do u have telescope up there?
    and the example of “Panbe Zan” was just really funny…


    Comment by Jabis — September 27, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

  143. Dear Anousheh
    last year while I was under cancer treatment in Paris,at nights my solace was the beam of the Eiffel tower over the Parisian night.It reminded me that there is life out there and I hung to that ray of life taking me to places that I wanted to go & to the souls that I wanted to be with.Now you are out there extending your ray of light to the earth giving us all hope,joy
    excitment & in my case( an Iranian proffesional woman) immence pride.
    Weeks ago my three year old son asked me : mommy would you
    like to go to space(safa in his childish accent) I told him that
    it is my dream to go there.I did not know that my wish & dream will get real in no time,because you are representing me,Iranian
    women & all the free-spirited women of the world.Just open your eyes big enough for all of us to see,your heart is already big enough for everybody to feel what you feel.



    Comment by rana — September 27, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

  144. Dear Anousheh,

    I am from Esfahan ,I have sent you an email before you go to space and sent you my song and wish .I have read all of your accurate descriptions,let me mention you are a great writer :) It was amazing !
    I just want to say THANKS for the feeling you creat in my heart and mind that I will be succeed if I try …

    Best wishes ,

    Comment by Vahid — September 27, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

  145. Dear Anousheh…..thank you once again for another inspiring boost in the midst of our humdrum, workaday lives. I am not sure if you knew who John Denver was. He died in 1997 and the one thing he always wanted to do was to fly in space. Reading your posts from the ISS I get a very wistful feeling for what might have been….John and his guitar sailing amongst the stars. Have a safe trip back to earth!!

    Comment by Patrick — September 27, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

  146. If you will write a book, i’m surely going to buy it, you are a marvelous storyteller.
    Have a safe landing, take a brief :D rest, and then start to write again, cause i don’t want to stop reading.
    Thank you.


    Comment by Marco Italia — September 27, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

  147. Dear Anousheh,
    this is the first time that i leave you a comment. i really hope that you enjoy yourself up there!!!
    you could prove that every thing is possible if we just want it .
    with best wishes
    zahra, mashhad

    Comment by zahra — September 27, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

  148. Anousheh

    Thank you for your word pictures from space. I can never be an astronaut but you help me imagine ‘the whole’ as you call it, like a novelist would.

    I wonder if you would consider doing a chat with some year 4’s at my school who are studying space at the moment? They would be delighted to chat to you about your experiences and see the earth through your eyes, using our secure departmental chat room. Please let me know if you can spare any time after you land, but not next week - it is still school holidays in Australia.

    Bummer you have to come home so soon. Thanks for your insightful blog.

    Deb Robins

    Comment by Deb Robins — September 27, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

  149. You and your unique life truely inspire me.
    And shows me life is much bigger than I imagined.
    Thanks for these much inspiration.
    Also I feel the peace there is in space.
    Wish for me to go there one day!

    Comment by homa — September 27, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

  150. Dear Anousheh,

    Read how you saw clouds in a space. Me too love clouds. Always spend lot of time looking various shape of clouds, how they travel and where they go is very interesting. Almighty has fulfilled your wish see all this things from a space, God thanks a lot for such opportunity given to Anousheh. Could you do one thing for me ? Will pray to God for peace for all world. You know all the situation al over the world. I believe, you are very close to God, who created us.

    All the best, always. Return very safely and do mail me.

    Thanks & regards,
    - Chandrakant Bandmantri

    Comment by Chandrakant Bandmantri — September 27, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

  151. Salam Khanoome Ansari, Man Omid Hastam, Mohandese Omran Hastam, Kheili Khosh Halam Ke Avalin Fazanavarde Irani Yek Banoo Ast.
    Kheili Bayad Be Khodetoon Eftekhar Konid, Agar Komaki Az Daste Man Barmiad, Darigh Nemikonam,Rasti Man 22 Salame Va Hamishe Dar Daneshgah Shagerd Avvalam.
    Erasatmand OMID

    Comment by MR OMID — September 27, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

  152. Anousheh
    You have described your moments very eloquently and I feel so much fortunate again and again to have this chance to get to know you and read your blog. I pray you have a very safe journey back to home. I would like to add that the reasons behind my excitement with your journey are few: being an intelligent hardworking Iranian woman and having a very clear heart and strong faith all made a strong anchor to stay in our mind. Your experience is unique and the best part of it is sharing your feeling and excitement with us. I never forget your beautiful description of the universe from your window and thank you very much again. Now I feel how much it is great that people like you become rich as you made the best use of your money and it’s like that I was travelling with you. Please don’t care about the critics at all! You are harvesting the crop of your hardship and let’s say you just travelled for fun that’s not bad at all you should not be responsible of the whole world… take care, God bless you and stay safe…
    With my best wishes

    Comment by Nazila — September 27, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

  153. (First, i´m sorry about my english, i´m from brazil and i begining in english….)

    Hello Anousheh. How are you? I´m from Brazil, and i think that you are a strong woman, this is a wonderfull experience. Congratulations.
    Must be so funny gavity 0…tell me, what do you think when you see the world?
    PLEASE send-me a E-mail message. Please.
    You are so pretty.=)
    See you.

    Eduardo Machado Martins
    [email received]

    Comment by Eduardo Machado — September 27, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

  154. Hello from Tehran to great Anousheh,

    Only you can imagine how this poetry you add to the lines you smoothly drop down takes everybody to an actual dreamworld. You poet by heart. Of course the world has no real borders and all of us can see this borderless universe merely by discovering what you found the moment you thought about perfect life. Leave a sign of your breath up there, and someday another great adventurer would see it as cloud over a newborn star. Viva Anousheh and pure love for the being.

    Comment by Ehsan — September 27, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

  155. Flickr is blocked in Iran and unfortunately we cannot see most of the pictures. Thanks for changing the server for the apple picuter, but it would be great if you could place all of Anousheh’s pictures on a different personal server for all of us in Iran to enjoy.

    Thanks a lot, and Anousheh jan you’ve made it so far that are even in little farsi jokes already! One goes like this: Ramazan didn’t start on time this year, because the mullas couldn’t look up and look for the moon, since you’re up there! ;) Best wishes.

    Comment by Golnaz — September 27, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

  156. Magic, it’s just magic !!

    Thank U for sharing these moments with us.
    Can you even realize that you are in space ???
    It’s unbelievable !!!
    I wish I could watch the world go by listenning music, I do it from earth and it’s already nice but : in space !!!

    hurrah for the technology !!!

    hello from france !!

    Comment by Alexandra from FRANCE — September 27, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

  157. سلام
    خيلي زیبا و رویایی اون بالا رو توصیف کردی ، طوریکه من کاملا خودم رو پشت او پنجره حس کردم و تمام وجودم رو هیجان گرفت و اشکم سرازیر شد وقتی راه شیری رو پشت او پنجره تصور کردم!
    من هم از خدا ممنونم که تونستم تا حالا با تو همراه باشم و از احساسات رو درک کنم

    سالم باشی

    Comment by sadeq — September 27, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

  158. Hi Anoushe

    I believe that you are earth’s representative to the space; please send our greetings to the stars, our dear sun & moon up there and tell them that we are trying to do our best to be good and healthy boys & girls, living in peace.
    Take care

    Comment by Hamid / Tehran — September 27, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

  159. ِدرود

    واقعا رویائی بود

    Comment by بهنام — September 27, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

  160. Wow it’s Great!!

    Comment by young uk — September 27, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

  161. नमस्ते Anousheh जी,

    मै पुणे, भारत (Pune, India)से लीख रहा हुं। आप स्वस्थ और ठीक है ये बहोत खुशीकी बात है।

    आपने लिखा वर्णन बडा ही रोचक लगा।

    संस्क्रुत में जन्मदिन की शुभकामनाये “जीवेत शरद:शतम” ऎसे देते है, मै आपको आपके प्रवास की शुभकामना आपको अंतरिक्ष प्रवास शत(100) बार करने का मॊका मिले” इससे करता हु।
    लिखते रहीये।

    धन्यवाद !

    गणेश पवार,
    पुणे, भरत.

    Comment by Ganesh Pawar — September 27, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

  162. Wow! You so Great!

    Comment by young uk choi — September 27, 2006 @ 2:20 pm

  163. Wow, the skies you’r geting up there must be rely a sight to behold. The light pollution here on Earth makes the view to the stars more and more difficult. Even in a country like I live in (Latvia), I have to drive some 40 to 50km out of the city to get some decent dark skies, but up there in orbit the sight must be realy spectacular, It’s kinda hard to get in my head that without light pollution (and atmosphere) many objects that require binoculars or telescopes to see them from earth are easily seen naked eye from orbit. And things like Andromeda, Magellanic clouds , the Milky Way and other brighter objects must realy be a spectacle of their own :). I’d love to see them someday myself from space (I think that every hoby astronomer has this dream) ;).
    Enjoy the dark skies you have up there and come home safe! :)

    P.S. I think that a pair of binocs would be a nice accesory to bring along in such a trip :).

    Comment by Valdis — September 27, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

  164. Dear Mrs. Ansari,
    It has been so wonderful to watch you accomplish your life-long dream! Thank you for allowing the world to share this experience with you. I started working in the space industry around the time you were selected for your trip, and the fact that my organization’s work may help others realize dreams of space such as yours is truly an inspiration. We wish you all the best here at the National Aerospace Development Center in Alabama!!

    Tiffany Trowse

    Comment by Tiffany Trowse — September 27, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

  165. Dear Ms Ansari, I read your notes of Sept 26 and again was overwhemed by how you describe the views and events. I know that God has predestined for you to be on this journey. When you get back your life will be totally different but you will have more resposibility in world events. It must be a very surreal feeling to think about World Events up there and how useless and senseless our problems are.I will be praying for your safe return on Sept 28. May God Bless and Keep you and all the crew members on reentry.

    Psalm 73:25
    Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

    Comment by Danny — September 27, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

  166. Reading about your accounts of the lightning over Australia, got me interested, I live in Australia and one thing that’s been happening here this week is fires, what’s that look like from where you are?

    It’s an amazing pleasure to read your adventures, it’s quite incredibly what we can do with technology these days.

    You were one of the feature articles in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday. I wish I could show you the article.

    Comment by Chris — September 27, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

  167. Anousheh,

    I can only say thank you for taking this trip together with us.
    it’s lovely. So, Thank you.


    Comment by Wolter — September 27, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

  168. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your detailed reflections on your experience up there :) I will be reading every day!

    If you can download mp3s in space, please check out my music. My latest album is called “Objects in Space” ;) You can download at my website for free

    Comment by Sir Mildred Pierce — September 27, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

  169. Dear Anoushe,

    I don’t normally like the idea of being a “citizen of the world”, because it is too often used for flooding us with this global economy, global culture etc… and finally destroy our personality.

    But I really enjoy the idea that all over the world, we all have the same roots, this same notion of “humanity”, this same will of peace for everybody, this same respect toward the others people.

    I was born in the south of france - From the TV, I would have thought that you and me we have nothing in common. But reading you, I had the feeling you could be my sister.

    Many things for sharing this experience with us. It bring me some kind of peaceful feeling, some perception that one day the intelligence will win against violence.

    Comment by Cyril / France — September 27, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

  170. آن سفر كرده كه صد قافله دل همره اوست
    هر كـجا هـســت خدايا به سلامــت دارش
    به اميد ديدار در زمين
    مجيد از سبزوار

    Comment by majid pirayesh — September 27, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

  171. سلام خدمت خانم انصاری عزیز
    خیلی به شما افتخار میکنم.شهید مطهری Ù…ÛŒ گفت:”من معلمی را ستایش Ù…ÛŒ کنم Ú©Ù‡ به من اندیشیدن را آموخت نه اندیشه ها را.”شما به من اندیشیدن را آموختید Ùˆ من را تا آخر عمرم مدیون خودتون کردید.شما به من یاد دادید Ú©Ù‡ Ú†Ù‡ طور به زندگی نگاه کنم Ùˆ چطور زندگی کنم.من تا آخر عمر غلام کسی هستم Ú©Ù‡ به من حتی یک کلمه یاد بدهد.Ú†Ù‡ برسد به شما Ú©Ù‡ به من زندگی کردن رو آموختید
    یا علی.خداحافظ شما

    Comment by M.Javad Mohiti — September 27, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

  172. Hello again, Anousheh! I am excited with you as you begin your preparations to leave the beauty of your view from the top of the world to come back home. I would like to ask: Will you be keeping in touch with Mike, Misha and Tomas? We look forward to seeing and hearing more upon your return of your experiences and photos! Do you know if any of the astronauts will be keeping a blog of daily experiences that we can keep connected with them? I love NASA TV but fear once you have come back home they will not be showing as many live shots of ISS. It’s so phenomenal and interesting! Please tell them we would love to continue hearing about their experiences too! God bless you and come home safe!

    Comment by Debbie Celiceo — September 27, 2006 @ 3:38 pm


    Comment by ALI TOHIDI — September 27, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

  174. Unbelievable! Your blog has left me almost speechless! It is so amazing that you have had a chance to do what we all would give anything for. Most people who can, don’t…out of fear or risk. I guess this is why there has not been a rush of people who can pay for the experience. Good! It makes reading your blog that much more wonderful. You are someone who truly deserves to do this and share it with the whole world, from a “normal” perspective and not a scientific one. We can all relate to you. I can imagine BEING you! I know you have brought us all one step closer to do this… my children’s dreams of going in space are more possible than ever because you are doing this right now. You are a hero to all of us down here on earth!! God has given you a wonderful gift. It may fell like it will end too soon, but you will relive this in your dreams for the rest of your life…your experience is priceless!

    Good luck on a safe landing, the world is watching you as you watch us all!

    Comment by Nancy Shaddock — September 27, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

  175. Dear Mrs. Ansari,

    Thanks for giving us a beautiful piece of space. Through your vivid writings we can now see, smell and even touch the outer frontiers. It helps us pause from our daily activities, raise our heads and see the delicate nature of our planet. Please continue with your writings.

    Also I have translated your writings into Farsi and put it in my weblog so that your Farsi speaking fans can understand. But for some reason I am not able to post the link here. I am not sure why.

    We are awaiting your next writing from space.
    Good luck and safe return.

    Comment by Tourang — September 27, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

  176. Dear Anousheh,

    How lovely it was to see your bright smiling face enter the ISS. How we had been anticipating it all. Following all the news sources we could find about the training, the impending date of departure, the blast off and alas your arrival.

    It just before 7am on September 23, when we gathered around the television, (with our little one in tow) cheering and raising our glasses of tea to Anousheh Ansari. Your victorious smile said it all and we were there with you. The sense of pride and joy we felt was indescribable.

    Thank you Anousheh, Thank you for so much. Thank you for the blogs that I read and reread as tears stream down my face. Your words and your sincerity not only take us along for the journey, but give little glimpses into the woman behind the smile. Thank you for the flags you wore, thank you for your spirit and most importantly thank you for making your dreams a reality.

    September 20th 2006 was marked on our calendar as a day of celebration, a historic day, a day of national pride. You have opened so many doors, so many hearts and so many eyes. And we thank you and everyone that loves you and supports you for all of that.

    With warmest regards,
    Shadi & Bahram
    Alexandria, VA

    Comment by Shadi & Bahram — September 27, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

  177. سلام انوشه خانم
    شما باعث افتخار برای ایران و ایرانیان هستید ایتقدر قشنگ و با احساس توصیف میکنید که انگار منم داشتم از پنجره اون مناظر رو میدیدم. انشالله که به سلامتی بر گردین و کتابی در این زمینه بنویسین منتظر مطالب بعدیتان هستم
    موفق باشید و خدا به همراهتان از اون بالا دعایی هم برای همه مردم ایران بکنید.

    Comment by Maryam — September 27, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

  178. Anousheh,

    All of us Space Nerd are in Awe.
    One of my family members is a Flight Director for NASA so as you can image, I just can’t tell you what a space junky I am. I just wanted to express my appreciation for sharing your experience with all of us. You have made it a wonderful experience for all of us.

    You are truly a Shining Star for all the world.

    Thank you!


    Comment by Merritt dan DeLaughter — September 27, 2006 @ 4:00 pm

  179. Hi Anoushe,

    Wow, It was really great, I do enjoy reading your blog,and admire the way you follow your dreams.
    take care and have a safe trip honey,

    Comment by Hiva — September 27, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

  180. Dear Anoushe
    When i read your writting in this weblog i can imagine all your felings and it’s like i exprienced these feelings. thank you
    take care , and we are all proudly waiting for your come back to Earth.
    خدا نگهدارت عزیزم

    Comment by Samira — September 27, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

  181. Anoushe joon,
    U r the greatest. Such an inspiration for all of us on this earth. I have been touched with your thoughts just like everybody else on this planet. I do wish the same thing as u do, that our leaders can focus more on the humanitarian issues rather than POWER.
    More power of love to u. U go girl!!!!
    Have a good trip back home.

    Comment by shideh — September 27, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

  182. Hi Anousheh,

    Congratulations! You are a great inspiration.

    You are probably getting ready to board Soyuz now, so I doubt you will have time for any more blog entries.. But, just in case, I was just curious that while you were looking out of the station windows, did you ever see any UFOs? Do other astronauts/cosmonauts on the station ever talk about this? I was watching a youtube video of an interview with Buzz Aldrin, where he says the Apollo 11 astronauts saw something unexplainable on the way to the moon.. and apparently, many astronauts have seen unexplained objects in space. You probably think this is a silly question, but I’m really curious about this :)

    good luck and best wishes.


    Comment by Akshay — September 27, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

  183. Hello From Kenora. Thanks for providing such a “down to earth” perspective. I enjoy reading your postings and draw strength from your story. Again Thanks a lot. Scott

    Comment by Scott — September 27, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

  184. Dear Anousheh,

    I’m desperately looking for new words and thoughts that the other posters haven’t mentioned yet. Almost impossible …

    So many people here feel just the same great notions, the same excitement, the same unity, the same joy … by reading your wonderful, heartfelt and poetic descriptions sent down to us “Earthlings” :-) You make us want to see it all right through your eyes — and sometimes it feels like we almost could! Very delightful, that is, like children discovering the beauty of stars for the first time.

    Your Blog inspired me so much that I have decided to post a little excerpt of it on my own personal Blog, linking to your site, so even more people hopefully get a chance to share your meaningful messages. Maybe we can bring the message home to those who ought to listen most!?

    All there’s left for me to say for now: Enjoy the remaining hours in flight, return safely with your co-astronauts to “Mother Earth”, our prayers and thoughts will be with you!

    Or as you put it the other day …
    “May The Force Be With You! ;-)

    From Germany

    Comment by Ron - SpaceOwl — September 27, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

  185. My sister once sent me the following quote in one of her emails:
    “Live, as if the Earth was a heaven”
    Today when I was reading your blog, I said to myself “Earth is a heaven”.
    Thanks you Anousheh for your beautifull posting, it made my day.

    Comment by Farideh — September 27, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

  186. Wow …God! That was the most wonderful description i’ve ever heard … i hadn’t heard or read such a mesmerizing narration before…you know what Anousheh ? you MUST write a book, let your observations last for the future generations & for ever…this sounds awesome,doesn’t it? ;)

    Take care

    Comment by Maryam-Tehran — September 27, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

  187. i have a question.
    if before you go up there, you had two choices,
    go and never return, or never go, which one would you select?
    i select the second!
    i really really want answer to this question, to know what is the idea of an space lover.

    Comment by Paimon — September 27, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

  188. Atena:salaam!..chetoLi?
    Anoushe: havijoori

    Comment by Atena — September 27, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

  189. Wow, I’m so happy for you. Thank you so much for sharing your trip via this blog!

    Comment by Derrell Piper — September 27, 2006 @ 10:41 pm

  190. wow!!! I know that if I were to ever get up there I would have to keep reminding myself that it is real! how overwhelming! you really ARE up there! enjoy the experience!! and God Bless you all!

    Comment by Aliaa — September 27, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

  191. you describe everything so beautifully, I feel jealous for all the things u are getting to see ;)

    It really must be wonderful watching the world go round, seeing countries that you have only seen on the map….i’m dreaming now ;)

    Thank You for all the wonderful joy that u’ve brought!!

    Comment by Abhishek — September 28, 2006 @ 4:04 am

  192. Hi Anousheh from Geoff Weston down below Dunedin New Zealand.

    Oh it sounds so good. I have just read this blog and it is very interesting indeed. I am sure you can write a good book on your mission. Being a writer I can visualize the whole concept, and it would be a very good project to bring space into the hearts of everyone. You remark on the clouds: I recall way back in the aerly days of space flight, the big surprise was just how cloudy the earth is!

    Cheer- Geoff.

    Comment by Geoff Weston — September 28, 2006 @ 5:59 am

  193. Salaam Anousheh,
    Migan “Vasfol eysh, Nesfol eysh” vagean ke nevisandeye maheri hastin va besyar khoob safarname minevsin. Besyar lazatbakhsh va hayejan angize, engar ma ham oonjayim…
    Agar che tamamiye kalamate shoma arzeshmandan, vali in doa “…to give me the vision to see my path in life and the strength to pursue it.” behtarin kalamist ke shoma ba omge jan va dar behtarin lahazate omretoon dar nahayate kholoos ebraz dashtin…
    Baz ham azatoon motashakeram.
    Ba Ehteram va arezooye Salamti,

    Comment by Saeed — September 28, 2006 @ 6:49 am

  194. Dear mrs.ansari

    thanks for your information about space and your living situation as living there will be difficult and there was so many problem for taking health as there is not bath and so you could not be so clean and may be bad odor will be distribute at room.hope you come back earth with healthy we will proyed for you and all friends that are with you?

    thanks a lot
    amir from iran

    Comment by amir — September 28, 2006 @ 7:40 am

  195. Dear Anu,

    You see we Indians always try and cut short the names to fill it with more love and care. Well I am truly mesmerised by your description of earth from sapce. You see our famous poets also wrote much the same way without going in to space, So you are real time poet.

    I also saw you on the CNN TV talking to world from sapce.

    Well it may sound a little absurd here but still I request you to look for any one of so called creators of world and mankind and tell him/her please stop the killings, apartheid and hatred plenty all over.

    The only Allaha, GOD, is there in your heart and real happiness.

    Hope to receive your email if not from space but from mother earth.

    Luv and respects

    Nawin India Pune

    Comment by Nawin India Pune — September 28, 2006 @ 10:08 am

  196. Hello Anousha,

    Great Greater Greatest,

    Hey , I am standing in my terrace with my daughter on shoulders, she wants to shake hands with you, so if you pass over please be watchful and do the needfull,

    Hope it is funny enough, keep floatig,


    Comment by Mukukl — September 28, 2006 @ 10:24 am

  197. Thank you so much Anousha! It’s so nice to have someone explain what space and the earth looks like from up there in terms we can all understand. Your metaphors are beautiful, thank you!!

    Comment by Tara — September 28, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

  198. سلام انوشه
    ما خبرهای موفقیت تو رو با افتخار دنبال می کنیم .
    امشب قراره تو به زمین برگردی
    سلامتی تو و همراهانت در رسیدن به زمین دعای ما در این ساعات شبه
    آرزومند پیروزی های مستمر شما
    محمد - ساری - ایران

    Comment by محمد — September 28, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

  199. salam ,khanoome ansari .omidvaram safari por samar va toam ba salamati ra poshte sar begzarid.in marhaleh az zendegitun ro kheili ghadr bedunid , chon khoda hameh kas ro dar in mogheiat gharar nemideh, ma ham be onvane yek IRANI shokr gozare khoda hastim va khodemun ro dar in shadi sharik midunim.
    rasti oonja che ghadr be azemate khoda pey bordid?
    moafagh bashid.khoda negahdar.

    Comment by farideh — September 28, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

  200. Dear Anousheh jan

    Comment by samira(classmate) — September 28, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

  201. Dear Anousheh
    Salam from me again,
    I wish a safe landing.I have been reading through your messages.By great surprise,there is a message from our mutual old classmate Neda Sadooghi(message number:70,27 sep 2006,3:58Am).I was wandering whether you could some how make it possible for us to be in touch.
    Waiting to hear from you anxiously
    Lots of love your classmate ,Samira Heidari

    Comment by samira(classmate) — September 28, 2006 @ 9:59 pm

  202. Dear Anousheh
    Salam from me again,
    I wish a safe landing.I have been reading through your messages.By great surprise,there is a message from our mutual old classmate Neda Sadooghi(message number:70,27 sep 2006,3:58Am).I was wandering whether you could some how make it possible for us to be in touch.
    Waiting to hear from you anxiously
    Lots of love Samira Heidari

    Comment by samira(classmate) — September 28, 2006 @ 10:24 pm

  203. Hi Anousheh
    It was wonderful to ready this entry. You brought the Universe to life in my minds eye
    I felt I was there with you. Thank you for showing us what it is to be fully immersed in the present moment and living life to the full.
    Sydney Australia ( Boundaries don’t seem so relevant anymore ;-)

    Comment by Mark — September 29, 2006 @ 3:15 am

  204. wellcome to erth


    Comment by by mostafa-september,2006@3:28 — September 29, 2006 @ 11:59 am

  205. Hi Anousheh,

    I am sure you had a wonderful time up there in space looking down at us and the space around us! It is indeed a big luck in life to have an opportunity to go out to the space which many like me, just dreams of. May Almighty God bless you in all what you do!
    Best regards,
    Edwin Godfrey-Kuwait

    Comment by Edwin Godfrey — September 29, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

  206. Dear Anousheh,

    I began my young life trodding on the path to medicine. As life’s paths often do, a soft wind pushed me towards a path leading towards the heavens.

    As a retired aviator and lover of all life I am truly re-inspired to know there are still wonderful people on this earth such as you.

    I wish I had the means to clone you and folks like you a million times over. Thank you very much for all you have done with this, your latest adventure and sharing with the world.

    Many blesses and exciting launches with soft landings for you in your many life’s adventures to follow.

    Sincerely, Robert M. Corkery, in Florida

    Comment by Robert M. Corkery — September 29, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

  207. Dear Anousheh,

    I watched all on NASA TV. To be honest I had missed some lessons at the university to watch the interessting parts. I can’t remember that I ever have seen anyone smilling as brightly as you did when you floated through the airlock into the ISS. I can’t even imagine how cool that all must have been. I caught myself smiling when you where on
    NASA TV, and floating around.
    You write all this heartwarming things and I have really to struggle with my tears line by line when I read your blog entries.
    You give me really great hope that I can achieve my goals and my dreams to. I gives me really great power. I alway
    s dreamed as little boy that I will be the Scotty or the Geordi LaForge on Enterprise. Beeing elder I know that th
    is will not happen and probably I’m not that a genius to invent the warp drive. BUT I will give every day, my very best that someone like Zefran Cochrane has to get angry about details that I could already be fixed.
    You make me this believe again that I could do this.
    I will try with all my power I have to make this a better place.

    DaN in germany

    Comment by DaN — September 29, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

  208. If you’re smart enough to get into space and see how large this universe is, why be soo naive and believe in God? Cause you see how much life there is out there and how little unblessed and common we are… that “diamond dust” is billions of solarsystems like our, some with bacteria like what created us… being an astronaut it’s not wise to believe in any sort of magic, everythings physically explainable, and that which isn’t will be… we need some atheists in space.. people that believe in matter, math, and science, to give us a rational view.

    Comment by Brent — September 30, 2006 @ 10:07 pm

  209. Dear Anousheh - what a brave woman you are and what a pioneer. I have to say to add to all the other great things you’ve done or noted in space, you’re certainly the most beautiful woman to go in space - you should be Ms. Universe! Have a safe trip back.

    Comment by Kevin in United States — September 30, 2006 @ 10:19 pm

  210. I stumbled here by mistake.
    After reading such descriptive words of beauty, I am thankful
    to know that a common woman or man has achieved their dreams.

    It has renewed by spirit to keep reaching for the stars!
    What a blessed woman!

    Comment by Tramell — September 30, 2006 @ 10:19 pm

  211. Dear Anousheh,

    What a wonderful experience it must have been, though I doubt in my lifetime I will see space flights affordable to the average person, the time when it is, is only a flicker in time. You have been blessed with a once in a lifetime experience!

    Jeff - USA
    Peace be upon us all!

    Comment by Jeff Knipp — September 30, 2006 @ 10:29 pm

  212. I felt like I could see it! Thanks for blogging so well. I would like to see what your eyes have seen. I noticed you said you were at peace watching the Earth. I know I would be too probably. I appreciate your descriptions and metaphors. Thank you so much.

    Keith Chilton
    [email received]

    Comment by Keith — September 30, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

  213. I think every head of state should be required to take this type of trip to understand the impact of their decisions on the whole world and how really small we are relative to the universe. I think the world would be a better place because of it.

    Comment by Steven Villarreal — September 30, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

  214. Thank you so much for the news from space. I have always wondered what the cities look like from space. You are very good at describing what you see. Thank you. Congrats on being a successful woman. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to be where you are. You Go Girl. I’m sure God will reveal his plan for you up there. Lot’s of time to pray. Do you feel closer to God up there? Excited for you from St Louis Mo.

    Comment by Amy Benedict — September 30, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

  215. Hi Anousheh,

    I’m glad to read about your conversations with God when up in space because even when I am on an airplane and looking down at visible land, I am in awe with God’s creation and can’t help but keep “talking” to Him and thanking Him for the gift of life and for those who use their abilities and talents to make this a better world. Congratulations on having had this extraordinary opportunity and thanks for taking the time to write about it.

    Toronto, Canada

    Comment by Sylvia — September 30, 2006 @ 10:57 pm

  216. …what a beautiful experience…
    Welcome back!

    Comment by Kimb — September 30, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

  217. How wonderful!!! I love reading this. Thank you for taking the time to write it. My favorite part was what the cities looked like from space. And of course the diamonds!! How beautiful. God has great taste. What an accomplishment to be up there right now. You should feel proud of yourself. I would. You Go Girl. I know that God will give you direction and the gusto to follow through with the plan. I must be wonderful to pray in space. Do you feel closer to him? Amy from Saint louis Mo.

    Comment by Amy Benedict — September 30, 2006 @ 11:04 pm

  218. I stumbled here by mistake as well! But wow - I’m so glad I did! Just a quick message to Brent on 208 above, are you a natural arsehole or do you have to try really hard!! I’m an atheist too but we’re not all rocket scientists. This woman has spoken words from her heart that has given the gift of sight to millions of ‘blind’ people here on earth most of whom will never have the opportunity to see what she has seen. She’s got my vote!

    Comment by Sandy — September 30, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

  219. To walk above the clouds. Is it to get closer to god? How does it feel? Do the people that moderate this forum actually get to think for themselves? They must see what many people don’t. That must make them understand a little more about the world we hope!

    Free thought - it seems very dangerous to many people - but it is a wonderful thing. Stange that this is the only way I can talk to you; don’t you think?

    Comment by Sama — September 30, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

  220. Sweet!

    I remember the first time I “really saw” the Milky Way from the desolation of the Mojave desert (Man! What a view!!!).
    I could only hope to imagine what the view 240 miles detached from the main land would be like.

    I wish I could make the trip. (I wonder if I could write the cost off my taxes…?)

    I volunteer to be your tour guide on your next trip… :)

    Comment by OC Engineer — September 30, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

  221. Anousheh:
    Que grandiosa tu experiencia en el espacio.
    Me imagino que mirando nuestra tierra, sus bellezas, lo que Dios nos ha dado, pudiste comprender mejor la enorme potencialidad de los humanos, del hombre que ha sido capaz de poblar estos continentes y tratar de desarrollar una vida que debiera ser siempre para mejor.
    Pero también me imagino que no pudiste comprender cómo acá abajo estamos tan divididos, tan desunidos, cómo en algunas partes se sufre el hambre, cómo se destruye la naturaleza y como los hielos se derriten por nuestra misma inconciencia.
    Felicidades por lo que hiciste y gracias por compartir con todos tu gran experiencia.

    Comment by LAMBERTO — September 30, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

  222. Dear Anousheh- You said you will read everything we write you. Right now as I finish reading your description of the Universe, I have tears in my eyes. I, too, am overwhelmed by how much beauty exists in our lives- you have reminded all of us of that through your vivid and mesmerizing descriptions. You are an inspiration for me to muster up the strength and serenity to follow God’s will. Thank you.

    Comment by Carrie — September 30, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

  223. We are together here on this earth and it makes it certain the we should all rejoice. Floating in your tin can so far away.
    We rave for you Anousheh. From all the world we rejoice in your experience!

    Comment by Shapi — September 30, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

  224. salam anoosheye aziz
    kheyli kheyli khoshhalam az inke besalamat be in safare khargholade raftiyo bazgashti.
    oonsobhike az asemane iran migozashti va dar saate 5:15 taghriban az asemane tehran rad mishodi man tora negah mikardam va gerye mikardam.

    Comment by فرناز — September 30, 2006 @ 11:29 pm

  225. wow!!!! diamonds in a black velvet blanket!!!!! i just cant imagine that beauty!!!!! thats when i reliazed god exist!!! thank you to make me believe again!

    Comment by Vicente Ugalde — September 30, 2006 @ 11:36 pm

  226. You are an inspiration! As a woman, you make us all proud of having you there! Thank you again for this beautiful illustration. God bless u and bring you back to us safely incha allah.
    Good luck!

    Comment by Amy — September 30, 2006 @ 11:36 pm

  227. Superb! I have only read a few descriptions like this of space [from abroad the earth as you are!].. mainly written by men, of course. I am here to salute you, because you have paved a road for many to travel, and inspired many women, like myself, to believe in what was first thought impossible! Congrats!

    Comment by Ashley — October 1, 2006 @ 12:15 am

  228. I just read this and it brought tears to my eyes w/how heart felt you expressed your experiences. Much love and thanks for letting us all share in the beauty that you are witness and feeling. God Speed.

    Comment by Mitra — October 1, 2006 @ 12:17 am

  229. wow!!! beautiful.i have allways been so mezmerized by the stars at night. i sit and watch them for hours.just watching them twinkle and i really focus on how long it takes a stars light to reach my eyes here on earth. i have always wanted a telascope.i want to get one someday .i cant wait till i can look at the moon

    Comment by jeanette — October 1, 2006 @ 12:49 am

  230. From one person of Iranian descent to another…way to go! Your blog is very fun to read and makes one feel as though they are there with you. Thanks

    Comment by Mossadeghi — October 1, 2006 @ 1:30 am

  231. i am sooooo appropriatley jealous!! im going to read this to my 5yr old daughter as her bedtime story. God Bless you!! may u feel the billions of kisses that we send up to you from below!!

    Comment by Kristine Deblois — October 1, 2006 @ 1:34 am

  232. Hello Anousha

    I think u r the luckiest to view the reality as it goes by!
    n ofcourse strenthening ur belief—–i wish I were u n thats the ultimate of my heart at this moment when i read ur description!

    Comment by Israr — October 1, 2006 @ 1:46 am

  233. Good Evening Anousea, My name is Tori and I just want to say that you are such an inspiration to me for having the courage and devine strength to be apart of such a amazing event in your life. You have given hope to me that I never had before. Even if I don’t experiance all the many blessings that you have shared, you have given this girl of little means and limited freedom a ray of hope. What I mean by limited freedom is all I do is work for scraps, just trying to survive and take care of my mother who has multible Scerlosis. Anyway, thank you soooo much for sharing your daily adventures with the world. You have touched so many people….Me included.

    Comment by Tori — October 1, 2006 @ 1:48 am

  234. I love that referrence to direction in life - vision to see path in my life and the strength to pursue it. I hope that we, who won’t be able to afford space travel can still say the same
    thing and may God give us the vision to see the best path and give us wisdom to pursue it even while here on earth and gazing the planets and stars instead.

    Your simply magnifecent From the Philippines, i want to be your friend, well whatever it means toyou. May you spread the goodness of God while continue discovering the magnifecence of the universe.

    Comment by Rodolfo P. Talan — October 1, 2006 @ 1:50 am

  235. I am a older being looking for myself and would love to experience what you have. You have the will I desire. Thank you, we need more women like you for inspiration. I wish you well and thank you.

    Comment by Holley — October 1, 2006 @ 1:50 am

  236. Anousheh,

    Thanks for your message. Actually, i suspected this is what was out in space (per your elaboration) and you just confirmed my suspicions. Somehow i believe you will be reading these postings. The thought of this message reaching you if it does is mindboggling.

    I teach college business classes in an online environment and i know the excitement of my classes when students enroll online from other nations–I am in Chicago, IL, USA–and have had students as far as Cyprus and Afghanastan. If you could only be a guest speaker (just kidding).

    Have a safe trip home and thank you for being so brave to enter this new phase of scientific discovery.

    Comment by Marla M. — October 1, 2006 @ 2:00 am

  237. Hi!!
    I loved this piece written by u..its an amazing write up of what our mother earth looks like from up there..though some people have described what our earth looks like from up there..nothing was so elaborate and descriptive as compared to what you have written. The part i liked the best was … there are no visible boundaries of different countries, the only distiction is between that of land and water. Emagine!! one earth, one kingdom and peace everywhere…. I think the political leaders of the world today need this view…
    Also, it makes the fact so obivious, that we are just a small entity in this entire universe…
    By writing these blogs, u are making your way into the hearts of millions of people…continue the good job…God Bless!!

    Comment by Kirti — October 1, 2006 @ 2:05 am

  238. Dear Anousheh
    Oh my God! what a wonderful description you have just given of your moments in space. I am sitting here reading this and like with many others tears are running down my face. I have become interested in space, Moon, and Earth not long ago, but ever since I become interested I continouly think about it and what it would be like to be up there. From your descriptions it sound marvelous (I guess words can’t even describe such an experiance) I keep telling my husband that if I could just go to the moon or space and if for any reason I would not be able to come back safetly back to Earth I would die happy having to live this wonderful experience in space. Please keep writing to us about your moments in space. It has been sheer joy experiancing your journey. I wish so much I could be there. I know you will charish these moments always. I know that you know how lucky you are to be able to live these moments. Per Amy from St. Louis do you feel closer to God from up there and what it’s like to prey form there? Thank you so much for writing this. It has given me so much that you will never know. You are an inspiration to all of us. Congratulations and God bless you.

    Comment by sophia — October 1, 2006 @ 2:19 am

  239. hello ! I just loved your letter and the fact, that the world looks whole and without borders from up there! its a beautiful reminder, of how lucky we all are being here and that we should not mess it up!
    thanks very much for sharing your experience with us!
    beauty and peace is a good answer for a lot of our problems !
    take care, Lisi

    Comment by Lisi — October 1, 2006 @ 3:33 am

  240. hi anousheh
    Reading your blog was one of the most enjoyable experiences i had since long . How does if feel to be back ? Do you feel u were better up there . I wish i could see it clearly the way you do . The clarity of your vision and the courage to follow it - is praiseworthy beyond any doubt .

    With Sincere Regards
    NJ USA

    Comment by bobby — October 1, 2006 @ 3:42 am

  241. Hi Anousheh!

    From the Human Development International our congratulation.HDIope shae common vision to save humannity and the Living Planet Earth as a person who has seen Planet Earth that far I would like to request if you can give us your message on the need to protect and preseve this home planet of ours which will be gladly honored to feature it in our upcoming magazine for a cause HDFORU MAGAZINE and our website in the hope that your message will move millions to make a difference in saving our planet.

    Thank you

    John Ryan Largo
    Founder Human Development International
    Former UNV Specialist and a U.N. Consultant

    Comment by john ryan largo — October 1, 2006 @ 3:48 am

  242. You`re most beautifulest astronaut/ cosmonaut than ever:))
    Have a nice life with your memories! Wish i were there in space..
    Warmest regards in Finland!! Take care!!

    Comment by Kari — October 1, 2006 @ 4:43 am

  243. hi Anoushe!!!!! Omg, everything you described sounds so fascinating! My dream has always been to travel out of space and look at stars and earth from the moon. I hope you have a wonderful trip and if you can post some pictures that show your view at the world and stars from the space station that would be very nice:) have a nice trip!!!! XoXo julia

    Comment by julia — October 1, 2006 @ 5:38 am

  244. Dear Light Worker,
    You are more than an inspiration… you are peace and hope and love. Thank you for allowing us to share in your dream. I sincerely hope that you will create a documentary of your life and dreams… and the fulfillment of them. It gives a renewed hope that “If Anousheh did it, perhaps I can too.” What better thing than to help us blind, embattled, bleary- and teary-eyed earthlings. You belong in the Hall of Heroes. Thank you for being here with us. You are far more than you imagine. May God bless you with a long and happy life, for the benefit of us all.

    Comment by Kris Yocum — October 1, 2006 @ 6:12 am

  245. You are one amazing woman! I am stunned by your courage and I am just lost for words for what you have done. All I can say is that you really inspire me to shoot for the stars. Thank you for your descriptions… helping us to see God’s awsome design at first glance.
    God Bless You - US

    Comment by Ulyane — October 1, 2006 @ 6:21 am

  246. dear anousheh ansari,being an astronaut has always been one of my dreams…specially when i was a child..but i understood i can’t have these kinds of studyings here in Iran universities .so now i’m studying industrial engineering. but i’ve heard that if u wanna be an astronaut,it’s no need to have special university degree for that( is it right?).so i’d be really glad to hear from u. maybe there is a way . thank u…and congratulations ! every one here in Iran is really really proud of u.

    Comment by Sarah — October 1, 2006 @ 6:26 am

  247. Dear Anousheh;
    It was absolutely wonderful reading your experience of viewing God’s creation from above. Did it give you a feeling of being a little closer to God? I know it did to most of your readers including myself. Most of us will experience it on our way to heaven, if not all. I hope that God will use you as a link to peace thrughout the world specialy US and Iran. I feel in my heart that you were sent up there for a reason, specialy in these times!

    Thank you! God bless you and your family.

    Comment by gerry — October 1, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

  248. Dear Anousheh

    Please pray for us all down here on planet earth. May peace be on us all…Thank you for sharing your experience with us. God bless you and come home safe.
    Best regards to you and the rest of the crew.(Sallam)

    Comment by Said of Algeria — October 1, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

  249. Wow!!

    Comment by DEaasd — October 2, 2006 @ 3:06 am

  250. Comments on this story are now closed — thanks for joining in!

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