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September 30, 2006

World Hold On

by Anousheh @ 7:19 pm

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela
[edited! October 2, 02:34 UTC Marianne Williamson via Nelson Mandela]

This quote was sent to me by my cousin with a beautiful email that brought tears to my eyes. I was tempted, but did not share the rest of the email because I was not sure if he would mind… If he doesn’t, I will do so later.

But I liked this quote to go with this link that I’m sending you about a music video that I loved. I saw this just today and it was like Bob Sinclair sang this from my heart. I really enjoyed it so please go and watch and enjoy it: World Hold On by Bob Sinclair.

I have been overwhelmed by the response I’m getting from the world… I am at loss for words… I am deeply touched and will make sure I continue on playing my role in this Quest.

But this is no longer only my Quest. It is the duty of every one of you to go beyond just reading and writing on the Space Blog. It is your duty to make sure this excitement, this wave, this wonderful force that has awakened the best in us continues on.

I’m sure you enjoyed reading each others’ comments and postings as much as you enjoyed reading mine, and as much as I enjoyed reading them. I bet it felt like you are not the only one anymore and there are literally millions who think like you… It made you feel that you are not alone, that there is hope.

I don’t like to be idealized or become an icon. I’m not special, I just found that light inside me that you all have and got my strength from it. It seems like I found the key to open up your hearts and souls so now you can reach inside and gain strength from there.

Now that we are here, let’s all be equal in this Quest and share the responsibility of saving our world. It is too much for one person but when it is up to all of us, I know we can do it.

Enjoy the video.. I really did…

With all my love and gratitude…


  1. به زمین خوش آمدید

    Comment by بهنام — September 30, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

  2. ack… stuck on a military base in Iraq without access to youtube! I’ll have to bookmark the site and check it out when i get back home. Just discovered your blog and look forward to reading more. I’m a flight surgeon in the military, just deployed to Iraq one week ago. coincindence- my top 2 complaints are 1) lack of shower, and 2) inadequate internet. so many restrictions here, and connectivity is so slow! thank you for being such an inspiration. kindest regards…

    Comment by Homarnoch — September 30, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

  3. hi dear anousheh!
    how r u?
    i havent read ur previous posts yet!
    i am really happy of ur safe return!
    have a nice time with ur family.
    with love.

    Comment by faezeh — September 30, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

  4. darned internet restrictions, i’m blocked from youtube. I’ll have to bookmark and check it out when i get home. i’m a military flight surgeon, just got to iraq a week ago where my top complaints are, coincidentally, the showers, and the internet. so many restrictions. Not even sure this is going to post successfully. Thanks for caring. best regards…

    Comment by Homarnoch — September 30, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

  5. salam khanume ansari
    omidvaram hamisheh sar boland bashid.man dar tamame moddati ke shoma dar ISS hozor dashtid matalebe roye weblog va site shoma ra donbal mikardam.man vaghti tasvire shoma ra hengame bazgasht dar tv didam bekhodam ghol dadam va arezo kardam ke rozi mesle shoma be faza beram,hata age in etefagh nayofteh motmaen bashid dar reshtehye tahsiliye shoma tahsil khaham kard.
    mehrdad younesi 20 sale az ghaemshahr,mazandaran-IRAN

    Comment by mehrdad younesi — September 30, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

  6. When I was small, the public library would arrange to have a “Book Mobile” arrive in our neighbourhood once a week. It was a large bus filled with books from the Library. I can remember going down to the special Book Mobile bus stop, climbing up the narrow stairs into the bus, and seeing all those brightly coloured books softly lit by the overhead lights.
    I can remember asking my older brother, “what books should I read?” and he unfaltering took me the science fiction section, introducing me to Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg and a host of others. The wonder of those stories. The amazing places they took me to. Today, I still read them.

    My brother and I never thought we would go to space, but it was nice to dream. He passed away on Sept 19th, and never had the chance to read your blog. I wished he could have because it’s been just like going to space.
    Thank you
    Rob de Vries

    Comment by Rob de Vries — September 30, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  7. سلام انوشه جان/به زمین خوش اومدی/دلمون برات یه ذره شده بود/همیشه پیروز باشی//شهاب از تهران

    Comment by shahab — September 30, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  8. سلام خانوم انصاري
    اميد وارم بتوانيد نوشته ي من را بخوانيد
    ميخاستم بگويم شما باعث افتخار ما هستيد و الان كه اين نظر را مينويسم اشك در چشمانم حلقه زده است
    من ساكن مشهد هستم و اميدوارم اگر به ايران امديد حتما به مشهد هم بيايد مطمئن باشيد به شما بد نخواهد گذشت
    منتظرتون هسيتيم

    Comment by ehsan — September 30, 2006 @ 8:00 pm

  9. salam anoushe khanom.
    roze shanbe shoma bekhir bashe.omidvaram ke khob va salamat bashi.man har roz neveshtehay shoma ro mikhonam ,,,khili az onha yad mighiram.mersi ,,,man yk daneshjo irani hastam ke dar italia dars mikhonam;mikhastam bedonam agar mitonam be shoma email bezanam va ba shoma dar tamas basham???az shoma khili soalha dashtam ???man ham mesl shoma arezohaye bozrog daram va mikham az tajrobiate shoma toye zendeghi estefade konam???rastesh khili konjkav hastam ,khili soalha daram ke dost daram az shoma javabesh ro beshnavam….???khili chizha hast ke shoma mitonid rahe drostesh ro be man neshon bedid va be man mashverat bedid…khili dost daram ke toye zendeghim yk moshavere khob mesl shoma dashte basham agar shoma gabol konid khili khili mamnon misham…
    montazere javabeton hastam

    Comment by payam — September 30, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

  10. Such a fantastic experience you’ve had. For you to take some of that precious time, to share with the many of us on the ground, is absolutely fantastic. So thank you very very much for allowing us all to “touch” space, and be able to imagine what it would be like for ourselves.

    You are truly the first “real person” to enter orbit. I just hope that your efforts will be followed by others, professional astronauts as well as space participants.

    Comment by Andrew G — September 30, 2006 @ 8:10 pm

  11. man az ien movafaghieeat shoma beseyar ghosh halm va ien perozie bozorgetan ra be shoma va ghanavadehtan tabrek megoyam rasti ye cheize; man be to ghely hasodiem mesha choon dost dashtam az ckodaky parvaz bekonam baraye hamin hamieshe ketab darmorede faza va kiehan meghandam va hanoz ham meghanam vale mesle enke bayad ien arzo ra tark konam choon vaze male agazie nemedahad.
    –choon ien avalen commente ien post bod dostdaram gavabe man ra bedahi. good baye. mohammad ,iran ,dezfool [ 11:38 PM]

    Comment by mohammad — September 30, 2006 @ 8:16 pm

  12. welcome to earth khoshhalam ke hamegi be salamat be zamin residid
    kheili khoshhal misham age betoonam axae ro ke az zamin geretid ro bebinam bayad baraye didaneshoon be gallery axa morajee konam?GOOD LUCK

    Comment by mahha — September 30, 2006 @ 8:17 pm

  13. Madame Ansari,

    Welcome home from your fantastic voyage. Now the hard work begins.

    - William Maness

    Comment by William Maness — September 30, 2006 @ 8:24 pm

  14. I’ve heard about you quite recently on television. Its quite amazing what money can do ! It can sure buy ambitions. I am a space enthusiast myself but have not found the right path to pursue it. Well …space travel is indeed alluring…i’ll c if i can find something related to it in my current university (NMSU).

    PS: share the mail…i sure love reading others mail ! LOL.

    Comment by Aleen Mohammed — September 30, 2006 @ 8:24 pm

  15. Wow! I got to get me $30 million dollars so I can become the posterchild for the millitary-industrial complex. Good to know the rich can still do stuff that the rest of us can’t.

    Comment by john — September 30, 2006 @ 8:25 pm

  16. salam khanum ansari
    khosh umadin. Aya shoma ghasde safar be iran ra darid?

    Comment by shadi hamedi (shadbanoo) — September 30, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

  17. You ARE special. I’m certain many want to have the same experience you’ve had, but couldn’t. Geeez, we might even die not knowing what its like out there. But with you telling wonderful stories and sharing your experiences, we feel as though we went with you out there. Thank you for this.

    Comment by Emer — September 30, 2006 @ 8:38 pm

  18. Such deep thoughts so late at night… I know the song but have never seen the video, so I just did. In case anyone would like to read the lyrics, look at http://www.completealbumlyrics.com/lyric/129557/Bob+Sinclar+-+World,+Hold+On.html

    I’ll let my mind work on the other things you said.

    For now, good night and sleep well!


    Comment by Rene Marinus — September 30, 2006 @ 8:40 pm

  19. What a priceless adventure you had!! Doesn’t it make one feel small like a mustard seed to be allowed to watch our earth from outer space? Isn’t she an absolute beauty? And yet - we are busy day and night destroying and abusing her - and killing one another! Say … when will mankind learn - if ever? We won’t get another earth once we’ll have succeeded to trash this one … so where will we go?
    To do what you did will always be a dream of mine … I will never succeed to fulfil it but am happy for you - that you were allowed to take a closer glance at God’s creation!

    Comment by Karin — September 30, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

  20. سلام انوشه جان
    به خانه خوش آمدی !
    من مطالب قشنگتو دنبال می کردم و واقعا از اونها لذت بردم و حس می کنم در زیباییهایی که دیدی شریک شدم .
    همیشه فکر می کردم که اگه ما ببینیم که زمین تو جهان هستی با اون عظمت چقدر کوچیک بنظر میاد ؛انوقته که دشمنی کردن ، جنگیدن ، زور گفتن و اینکه حس کنم چقدر قوی هستم خیلی احمقانه بنظر میآد .
    وقتی از نوشته هات تصویری که از زمین و آسمان تعریف کرده بودی رو تو ذهنم ساختم دیدم همیشه درست فکر میکردم.
    آرزو می کنم این حسی که بین همه ما بوجود اومده و باعثش تو بودی ، پایدار باشه
    با عشق

    Comment by sadeq — September 30, 2006 @ 8:57 pm

  21. Hi Anousheh,

    It’s good to see your post today and I am glad that you took some time to read texts from excited funs all around the world. I think you have already reignited one of my passions towards space endeavours. Not too long ago I have been involved with NASA’s X-34 Sub-Orbital Reusable Space program as a member of the safety certification engineering team. It was one of the most exciting times I remember. I really hope someday I could make a Sub-Orbital flight and fulfil my personal dream too.

    Until next time!

    Abdul Ludhi
    England, United Kingdom

    Comment by Abdul Ludhi — September 30, 2006 @ 8:58 pm


    I was wondering if you could tell us how it effects your breathing when leaving/entering space? Is the worst part when the pressure takes your breath away? I was always curious about how your lungs were effected.

    Comment by Questa — September 30, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

  23. Thank you so much for posting all of this.
    I’ve read all of your blogs and i just wanted to tell you that you and your mission are true inspirations in my life.
    Thank you so much, and I hope that you continue to post, even if it not regarding the space travel. You are very eloquent and a joy to read.

    Merci beaucoup, mon amie.


    Comment by Joey Frenette — September 30, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

  24. سلام خانوم انصاری
    از صمیم قلب این موفقیت را به شما تبریک عرض می کنم و خوشا به حال شما که به آرزوی خود رسیدید.همچنین من به شما بانوی شجاع ایرانی افتخار می کنم چون این کاری که انجام دادید از عهده هر کسی بر نمیاد.خودتون هم خوب می دونید ،هر کسی جرات انجام این ریسک را نداره.کاش من هم بتونم مثل شما روزی به فضا برم.می خوام بدونم آیا شما قصد سفر به ایران را دارید یا نه؟

    Comment by Rahim Faramarzi — September 30, 2006 @ 9:06 pm

  25. Dear Anousheh

    I am so glad that you made it back; I was worried from beginning to the end that on the way back something will go wrong. So nice to have you on the ground.

    I am originally from Meshhad, and I remember that in summer nights when we were sleeping on the roof, at the beginning the beds were worm from the day and then the cold would settle in and make it perfect. I used to go early and look at the sky and count the stars and plants as they started to come on, one by one. I am much older that you (56 now) and we could see the Milky Way (Raheh Siriy) every night. I had a small sister (Negin) and she would ask me where does God live? I would say look there, over the clouds. One day when we were going to Tehran with an airplane, and when she realized we are above the clouds, she asked me where is He now? And I told her everywhere. Now I need to ask you, did you see Him up there?

    Take Care

    Lake Jackson, Texas

    Comment by Yahya — September 30, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

  26. Heey Annousheh !!

    Welcome Back to Earth!! you look so good, very cute mshallah! We’re so proud of you :D

    Your fan,
    Abed. hamdan

    Comment by Abed. Hamdan — September 30, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

  27. Hi Anousheh
    Regarding reading each others comments I would like to tell you that for the first time when I saw your memorable picture with the floating apple in your blog I was so much excited and was thinking to write a comment for you, then I’ve started to read the most recent posted comments and one of them was so much interesting and I never forget it. It was only two words in Persian: baabaa eyvallah!!! and it was from Dr Ahmadinejad!!!;-) I never forget this comment. Your blog is going to be the venue for sharing thoughts by people from all around the world. Those people who all have one thing in common and that is seeking for the light, light of light (noore noor…)
    We all are searching for the source of light or energy as I believe that we are all connected to an everlasting source of energy that created this amazing world… the more we are pure and good the more we are close to the source of noor and vice versa this is my belief.

    Thank you very much again for sharing your wonderful experiment with us. I usually follow up scientific news or read many scientific papers but none of them caught my attention like the way you have compound your taste of poetry, humanity and art with your wonderful experience.

    I wish you and the rest of the readers all the best

    Comment by Nazila — September 30, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

  28. Dear Anousheh

    Thank you for sharing these experiences through your blog! You could have kept the whole thing to yourself, but you communicated to us, “warts and all”, troubles and successes and emotional moments. It has been immensely inspirational to read of your experiences - thank you for being our non-professional representative and ambassador up there, and doing such a great job of, firstly, living and working in space, and secondly, wonderfully communicating to us how such experiences should be in reach for all, for peace, for science and for the benefit of all humanity.

    Welcome back! Keep communicating!

    All the best

    Karen from New Zealand

    Comment by Karen — September 30, 2006 @ 9:43 pm

  29. با سلام و درود بیکران به یادگار نسل آریایی در دیار غربت
    میدانم که میدانی غربت سخت است غربتی زمینی. انسان وقتی از آشیانه اش دور میشود لحظه را پا به پا میشمارد تا به آشیانه اش بر گردد جهان تاریک است مردمان لبهایشان به هم دوخته کسی از برادر خود نمی داند که در غربت به عشق وطن جان میدهدولی اکنون تو در غربتی کبریایی به سر میبری کهکشانی تاریک وزمین و زمینیان را همچون مردمک چشم مادران چشم انتظار گرد و کوچک میبینی . میدانم وقتی که میخوانی نوشته ام را لحظه سفر به یادت میا ید دوست داشتی زندگی دکمه برگشت داشت تا دوباره تکرار کنی آنچه میخواهی. به تو حسادت میورزم نه به خاطر رفتن به فضا بلکه بخاطر تاریکی و سکوت وقربتی را که با وجود خودت حس کردی آنرا.جمله در برابر عملت قاصر است من تو را خواهر بزرگ خودم میدانم و به خودم میبالم که خواهر گلی مثل تو دارم امیدوارم نوشته تنهایی مرا با مردمک زمینی و آریایی خودت بخوانی.به امیدروزی که کشورت ایرانزیبایی هایش را در صحنه بازی چشمانت به نمایش بگذارد.
    آجی جون گلم منتظر جوابت هستم از طرف داداش کوچیکت مهدی معمار دانشجوی الکترونیک از ایران/خوزستان/ رامهرمز البته اگه منو قابل بدونی

    Comment by مهدی معمار — September 30, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

  30. به نام خدا

    خانم انوشه انصاری سلام
    به زمین خوش آمدی
    امیدوارم که اون بالا به شما خوش گذشته باشه
    زمین را اون بالا چطور میدیدی
    آیا اون گربه را از اون بالا دیدی. آره ایران را میگم
    راستی ایران نمی آیید تا جشن رفتن شما را در فضا را در ایران هم بگیریم
    من خیلی دوست دارم شما را از نزدیک ببینم و با شما صحبت کنم
    راستی من موقعی که در فضا بودید یک ایمیل به شما زدم ولی جوابی دریافت نکردم
    شاد و سلامت باشید

    Comment by Ehsan — September 30, 2006 @ 9:46 pm

  31. به زمين خوش آمدين.
    واسه من تعجب اوره كه اين همه پوله بي زبون رو خرج كردين.بابا اگه پولتون زياديه يه شماره بدم بريز تو حسابم.
    ولي شوخي كردم.خوش به حالتون
    راستي يه سوال_اگه بازم موقعيت جور بشه دوباره همين كارو مي كنين و باز ميرين به فضا
    از وبلاگ منم ديدن كنيد.درضمن اگه وقت كردين جوابمو بدين
    با تشكر الهه ناز

    Comment by وحيد كرماني نژاد — September 30, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

  32. سلام!

    خانم انصاري عزيز!

    از شما خواهش مي کنم که اگه براتون ممکنه قسمت فارسي سايتتون رو به روز کنين.

    مطالبي رو که تو قسمت فارسي سايتتون بود خوندم و واقعا لذت بردم.
    و اشکم دروامد.

    اگه ممکنه همين مطالب رو به صورت فارسي بنويسين که انصافا دست به قلمتون بسيار عاليه و آدمو به هيجان مياره.

    منتظر هستيم

    Comment by سجاد — September 30, 2006 @ 9:54 pm

  33. خوش آمدی

    Comment by Ehsan — September 30, 2006 @ 9:54 pm

  34. Congratulations, must be an honor to blog from space !!!

    Comment by Manuel Ramirez — September 30, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

  35. dear anoushe,i am really happy to seeing you again in earth,of course it was hard for you to leave there but really welcome …
    i hope to see you again in space with new goals and i will go there some day …
    and at last just welcome , i am an iranian and really proud of u ….wish you best ..bye

    Comment by parisa — September 30, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

  36. Hi Anousheh from Geoff Weston in Dunedin New Zealand.

    It is good to read your landing blog. I was waiting excitedly for this.And it’s a really interesting story. I have copied down all your letters and printed them in order like a small book- 17 pages. I was waiting for these post flight letters to have it complete. My wife Jill, got up this morning and has read half of them. And my daughter Gemma in Southport Australia read them off the email I sent her. She’s a space nut like me and when there is a launch we text each other with times etc and then hook up also on yahoo messenger and we can type to each other about our thoughts while a launch or landing is happening. You talk about making dreams come true. You are absolutely correct. Follow your dreams and make them happen. I have had many dreams come true. Being a sickly kid I dreamed of playing rugby. That seemed impossible, but i went out and did it, and did very well, and at the same time conquered my asthma without any drugs. I dreamed once of working in a particular room in a building of our medical school, and hey presto… I actually got my first University research job in that very room. I dreamed of being a pilot and very nearly was.I dreamed of being a writer and earning some income from that, and at one time even wrote for NASA as an acredited writer for the local Newspaper. Of course, I dreamed of being and astronaut, (and still do). Of course it’s been a long time since I looked up at the tiny sputnik streaking across the sky in 1957; and a long time since I built a rocket at school, that went…well off into the wild blue yonder… My dream now is to get to Cape Canaveral or Biakonur for a launch in the next year or so with my daughter Gemma, and with a little luck, maybe meet you some day. And maybe even a ride on spaceship 2.There seems always to be luck involved in achieving ones dream, and as you pick away toward that dream, thinking…it might not happen, suddenly unexpected luck arrives and the dream is quickly achieved. I have a saying…the more you do, the harder you work, the more chances and luck you must encounter!

    Thank you for a tremendous experience.

    Cheers- Geoff

    Comment by Geoff Weston — September 30, 2006 @ 10:18 pm

  37. Helo and well com back to mother erth.
    i read all of your blogs.
    but i have a question from you.
    excuse me but where is your country flag?
    if your country is iran.
    i,m so hapyy for you but i have confiused for your regional.
    please help me to understand it beter.
    thanks and please excuse me for my qestion.
    your hapy and litle brother Aboozar Dehghani from I.R.IRAN

    Comment by Aboozar Dehghani — September 30, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

  38. Hello Anousheh. You are an amazing woman. Thanks so much for sharing your intimate thoughts from space with the rest of us.

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

  39. Anousheh jAn

    I am trying to mentalize how you have spent your life to be like this at the age of 40, you look at least 10 years younger than your age but what matters most is your emotions are as intact as a child, given the fact that you are a busy bussiness woman and also your responsibilities is a bit difficult to understand.

    May be if you tell us more about your personal techniques to protect yourself against getting down and bored, it is going to be useful.

    God bless you and I say this from bottom of my heart.


    Comment by Hooman — September 30, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

  40. i want to do the same ride?? who i should contact?

    Comment by carlos d'alessandria — September 30, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

  41. Wow! Great to see you finally made it!

    I was the audio engineer for the BBC interview you did in a Los Angeles Hotel about the space prize you sponsored. After the interview I told you how I’d give anything or pay anything for a trip to space and how we’d both like to see space tourism become commonplace. You made it to space and back! It’s so inspiring to have meet someone who made it! I hope you have time for a NPR interview in the future! Congrats!

    Comment by Sherri Hendrickson — September 30, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

  42. I haven’t had a chance to read about your amazing trip. I will do so now. I just entered your blog now and saw the Nelson Mandela quote. I received the same words a months back and, if I were to use a clichee, I’d say they change my life around. In fact, like the very words say, I changed my life around. I decided not to fear my light anymore. I got to go something that was, for me, as important as your travel, for I didn’t do it only for myself. I got to your blog through the story featured on yahoo. Your picture there told me more that any of the details that I will read next. I look back to my pictures of a few months ago, when I got to live my dream, and it is the same smile. The one that not only comes from the heart, it is the heart itself smiling. That fulfillment that words are so poor to describe. God bless you…but then again, He already did, He already blesses both of us, for we got to live our greatest dreams. And I’m sure I’m speaking for you too when I say this is only the beginning.
    All the best,

    Comment by Claudia — September 30, 2006 @ 10:32 pm

  43. Dear Anousheh
    I always believe this myth:‎
    Be the first kid in your tribe that rules the world.‎
    You behaved as I think‎
    Being the firs Iranian female space astronaut and traveler!!!! It was like a ‎dream for all of us …but you have done the job….‎

    Based on the fact that you are such a hard working person that her desires ‎leads her to try to reach her great wishes I have faith in your subsequent ‎astonishing achievements in the field of Engineering, Management and ‎Astrology

    Good Luck

    Comment by Pegah Zare — September 30, 2006 @ 10:34 pm

  44. Anousheh-
    I discovered your blog through an article in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. All it took was your description of outer space as a “burnt almond cookie” to draw me in. As a sixteen-year-old aspiring writer, it was a joy for me to read your blogs. Your accounts are eloquent, descriptive, and brimming with insight. I look forward to reading more of your work!

    Comment by Eleni — September 30, 2006 @ 10:36 pm

  45. hello anousheh
    welcome back to our lovely earth.
    I wanted to write you some time ago but I am writing now.
    at the the begining of your trip I was thinking that you did
    the worst thing with your money by giving it to Russian space agency .
    But after your launch and when you was there when you were writing your blog from space and describing there so sensitively
    I found I was wrong and you did the best thing with your money by encouraging human being for more improvements specificly in
    the field of space.
    I read your blog every night and then looking sky, watching stars
    thinking of future and just wanted to say THANK YOU ANOUSHE


    Comment by PAYMAN — September 30, 2006 @ 10:42 pm

  46. My Dear Anousheh

    When I saw you for the first time in the TV (EURO News) and heard your voice , you said “I’m Iranian…”. You talked about your country. I saw a picture of you in the space agancy, on your shirt was your country flag. As Mondela said , you are shining and you unconsciosly give me permission to do same.
    I am thinking about this : ” Anousheh is Iranian , me too ”
    Let me say that form my heart : You are Shining.

    I Love You
    Shahryar - Sharif University’s Student - Tehran

    Comment by Shahryar — September 30, 2006 @ 10:42 pm

  47. Anousheh Ansari Space Blog

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  48. What a marvelous adventure. Good for you and may there be many that follow you. With the decrease in interest that the Space Program has endured, we must find a way to keep it going and you have experienced just such a way. I love the quote you have at the beginning of your Blog, but the author is MARIANNE WILLIAMSEN, not Nelson Mandela. If you visit Mandela’s website and look up his 1994 speech, you will see the proper credit being given. Keep up your efforts to include the world in your adventures.

    Comment by Joel — September 30, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

  49. This is such a damn shame. Dont quote Nelson Mandela in any thing. If you really cared about what Nelson Mandela says, you would have spent the 20 million for Darfur, or to get Iran to back off. By the way I think its so hypocrytical that you wear an american flag along side of Iranian. Dont forget that you got these millions from US and not from Iran. Thank God that the US government did not publically even acknoledge your trip. YOU ARE A SHAME to US and also a Shame to all the people who are millionaires. Bill gates is 10000000000 times a better human than you….Not because he is millionaire but because he does not do insider training but also because he spends his millions for bettering the world. He could have spend his millions to go for a joy ride loike you 100000 times over but he chose to spend his money for people who have aids or are under priveledged. YOIU have accomplished nothing.

    Comment by Jack — September 30, 2006 @ 10:50 pm

  50. after seening iran`s nuclear issue on the front page of every website, now we see something else about iran, but this time something to be proud of!
    we love u and hope to see you in LA!

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

  51. سلام خانوم انصاری . من بازگشت شما رو به زمین تبریک و خوش آمد میگم و خیلی خوشحالم که اولین زن توریست فظایی یک ایرانی است که وطنش رو دوست داره (وقتی پرچم سه رنگ ایران رو روی لباس شما دیدم واقعا خوشحال شدم که یک ایرانی که به همچین جایی رسیده وطنش و اصل و نسب خودش رو فراموش نکرده ). من از شما می خوام که اگر ممکن هست این سایت رو آپدیت نگه دارید و اطلاعات خودتون رو با جوان های ایرانی مثل ما که علاقه به این علم دارند به اشتراک بگذارید و ما هارو راهنمایی کنید . باز هم از شما متشکرم . به امید اینکه سفر شما باعث پیشرفت بچه های ایرانی در زمینه های علمی بشه و باعث معرفی ایران به عنوان یک کشور متمدن . برادر کوچک شما حسین اشرف زاده

    Comment by Hossein — September 30, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

  52. Congratulations on your adventure. Hopefully the first of many, for all.

    Just FYI, in the spirit of credit where credit is due, the quote above, which is one of my favorites and it it’s wonderful that you quote it here, was not Nelson Mandela’s. It was written by a woman named Marianne Williamson. It was aslo recently featured in the film, AKEELAH AND THE BEE.

    Comment by Pony R. — September 30, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

  53. سلام خانم انصاري
    نمی گم افتخار می کنم یا …. چون این چیز ها کاملا روشن هست.
    حتما راه بسیار سختی برای سفرتون داشتید. پس خسته نباشید.
    اومدم فقط بگم که واقعا آرزو داشتم جای شما بودم. برای 5 ثانیه.
    اون موقع عظمت دنیا رو واقعا لمس می کردم.
    شاید اون موقع بود که می تونستم به خدای خودم نزدیک بشم.

    خوشا به سعادت شما
    دوستار آدم های موفق

    Comment by baran — September 30, 2006 @ 11:02 pm

  54. Good job. Whether you are an icon or not, you worked hard to put yourself there, and that gets much respect. I do not know where you are from, who your family is, what your religion is, or anything alse about you. All I know about you is that you made it up there. You are living the dream that I, and so many other people, did not have the fortitude or drive to live, and that makes you pretty amazing.

    Comment by sabiticus — September 30, 2006 @ 11:11 pm

  55. Wow!! Great post and great journey. You are such an inspiration!! Welcome back.

    We are sending you a Big World Smile from Santa Monica, CA. Its a message that will go around the world, and it will start this week in honor of you.


    Comment by BigWorldSmile — September 30, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

  56. what a great quest. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Welcome home.
    ‘Genzeb kale be semay mengede ale’

    Comment by fetene — September 30, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

  57. thank you so much for all you have done. i look forward to all you will continue to do. i have never dreamed of going into space, but my husband has. he has enjoyed your posts too, in a different way than i have. i am living my dream also, daily. i have horses, something i thought i’d never be able to do. it is good to dream. it is good to reach beyond what we think we can do. it is good to visualize what we think we would like, and then we can aim for it. without the vision, there would be no progress. thank you for being what you are…………..and that is fantastic!

    Comment by mieyasha — September 30, 2006 @ 11:16 pm

  58. Dear Anousheh
    I would like to first congradulate you on a safe journey, and also wish you a Wonderful WELCOME HOME. I have read everyones comments to your post and your post itself. You are wheather you like it or not a WORLD CELEBRITY. I for one am so glad to not only call you my neighbor but my fellow citizen not only of this country but of the world.
    I watched everything there was about the shuttle mission, I spent hours on the web looking up info about the mission and Praying for all of you and your safe return.
    You have been an insperation to everyone, you set out to accomplish a goal and that goal was not only met but forever placed in the anuls of history.
    You have accomplished what others only dream of, Which goes to show you that no matter what your dreams, aim for the stars, keep a steady course and be persistant, you WILL accomplish anything that you put your heart 100% into.
    Thank you again for your inspiration and again WELCOME HOME.

    Comment by Tom Grady — September 30, 2006 @ 11:18 pm

  59. I dig the blog, but you’ve attributed the quote to the wrong person. The quote is from “A Return to Love” a book by Marianne Williamson.

    Actually, I just looked it up, Mandela quoted Williamson in his innaguration speech. Reference here: http://skdesigns.com/internet/articles/quotes/williamson/our_deepest_fear/

    Comment by Heather — September 30, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

  60. Ms Ansari -

    I, like so many others who have read this blog, am profoundly touched by your eloquent words. Thank you for sharing your experience, for letting us share in the dream and for doing so with such grace. Welcome Home!

    Comment by Jennifer Reichle — September 30, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

  61. Hi Anousheh!

    Welcome back! I just finished reading all your posts. Thank you for sharing this experience with the world, it brought tears to my eyes. I especially liked the description you made when you saw the Earth, and also loved the part of the smell of space. Take care and God bless you!

    Gabriela from Mexico

    Comment by Gabriela — September 30, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

  62. Dear Anousheh

    Thank you for your beautiful words…Yes, the adventure of life is full of light. I hope that trough your amazing exeperience people will remember that living in peace is the most important thing on earth, whatever your color, religion or ideas…Your are more than a simple tourist in space, but a real ambassador of hope. I’m 25 y.o, i have to say that as a muslim, i will pray for all my sisters and brothers in this world , because terrorism is not in the islamic religion. Islam is peace. Thank you. Wish you the best.

    Best Regards from some where on earth :-) but so close to you by the faith.

    Comment by Seddik — September 30, 2006 @ 11:31 pm

  63. hi
    well com to earth

    Comment by ahmad — September 30, 2006 @ 11:31 pm

  64. Welcome home,
    You had some great experience and i thank you for sharing it.
    You really are making impact on people’s life the way you pursue your dream and making us part of that experience. You are brave woman, with what appears big heart.

    Comment by sneez — September 30, 2006 @ 11:32 pm

  65. Dear Anousheh

    Thank you for your beautiful words…Yes, the adventure of life is full of light. I hope that trough your amazing exeperience people will remember that living in peace is the most important thing on earth, whatever your color, religion or ideas…Your are more than a simple tourist in space, but a real ambassador of hope. I’m 25 y.o, i have to say that as a muslim, i will pray for all my sisters and brothers in this world , because terrorism is not in the islamic religion. Islam is peace. Thank you. Wish you the best.

    Best Regards from some where on earth :-) but so close to you by the faith.
    Seddik, Algers- Algeria.

    Comment by Seddik C. — September 30, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

  66. Hi Anousheh:
    I am in your path, congratulations because you made your dream a reality, you are an example for to many people around of the world, I am from Peru, I am living in California and changing my career because I have another degree in business, something very different, actually, I am a regular student in a California state University Physics program. It’s very hard when we are foreiners to make our dreams in USA, BUT WE CAN DO IT, you are an example, and I love what I am doing now, I don’t know if some day I can go to the space like you, I wish it with all my heart, but, may be, I will do it if I am a reach guy some day and I can pay the prize for that wonderful esperience.
    You are making a diference too, because usually the astrounats don’t share their experiences, that’s something very nice from your part, and thank you for sharing your experiences with us.
    Keep going with your job and congratulations one more time.



    Comment by F.Soto — September 30, 2006 @ 11:34 pm

  67. You are an inspiration to us all!

    I have loved this quote for many years, and want you to be aware it was Marianne Williamson who said it, not Nelson Mandela.

    Comment by Quote by Marianne Williamson, not Mandela — September 30, 2006 @ 11:34 pm

  68. Speaking from your beautiful inspiring heart, your ability to show vivid compassion for everybody and soul on this blue planet, like a star bright in the sky you have shown tremedous courage, in continuing even after the dust as settle from the lightly bouncing space capsule, and recovery from the reality of heavy g, and the coming back to the g force, you have been keeping away the last few days, to continue to inspire each a everyone touched by your lovely sense of communicating uncensored your strong believe, that the quest belong now to everyone of us :)

    Thank you from my heart, for the ways you have spark lightness taht we can do something to change the world, for better !

    Jules whishing you a beautiful journey on to your next dream…

    Comment by Jules Poirier — September 30, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

  69. your inspiring!!! Keep up the awesome job!!!

    Comment by karo — September 30, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

  70. Dear Anousheh.

    Your dream turning reality, was spectacular! I did a little, pray to you, to see it completed with great success, what you accomplished constitutes the most desired adventure in the world, not only because it is thrilling or courageous, but mostly because, it represents all the people from this planet, congregated together for the same objective, the space conquer, in peace for a better future of men kind.
    I have a little dream too, It is very important to me, so you are the most important example, I ever had to stimulate me, to go ahead and dream, and try really hard to fulfil it.
    My dream also deals with space, but the space that is very close to us, but not less important than
    the outer space, Im sorry if I’m writhing about my own dream.

    Good bless you.

    Odilon De Moura.

    Comment by Odilon De Moura — September 30, 2006 @ 11:54 pm

  71. Hi,welcome to earth.I`m very proud of you and wish you conquer more and more accomplishments in future.The thing that really moved me was your love for your country and people.
    Wish you ever lasting hapiness. Best regards

    Comment by Dr.Mehdi. V. — October 1, 2006 @ 12:01 am

  72. Marianne Williamson is the author of the above quote. I’m quite happy Nelson Mandela brought it to our attention. Certainly words like these convey what is possible in a world filled with love, and self examination.

    Comment by djyo — October 1, 2006 @ 12:05 am

  73. salam khanom ansari
    omidvaram hamishe salem va sarboland bashin
    va bazam mojeb eftekhar vase ma iraniyan
    ma be shoma eftekhar mikonim va sad albate be irani boodan
    khanom ansari omidvaram rozi beshe ke ma irani ha ham betonim 1 paygah to faza bara khodemon dashte bashim
    ma iraniyan bayad khodemono daste kam nagirim
    dar akhar ham be omid movafaghiyat bishtar shooma

    Comment by ابوذر — October 1, 2006 @ 12:12 am

  74. At first I thought, some of the quotes which you mentioned were by you, but it didnt surprice that it wasnt because I honestly believe that task which you have accomplished is just amazing. You have opened a world of possibilities for so many people and all of us should strive to better our selves, become as one and nothing can stop us from achieving our dreams.

    Take care

    Comment by mrkhan — October 1, 2006 @ 12:13 am

  75. Anousheh,
    Two things common between us lol our names and our love for space.. Its great to know you had an awsome trip, I do know of your huge contribution to the private space program which gave it the much wanted initial push. Thank you for your kindness and hopes in making future space travel cheaper someday for all of us..and its great to have you back one earth

    Comment by Anush — October 1, 2006 @ 12:19 am

  76. Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your blog with the world.. I could almost feel that I was there..

    God Bless..

    Comment by Renee — October 1, 2006 @ 12:21 am

  77. Dear Anousheh

    welcome back, I ask you what ever is in your power to ask islamic regime not to kill Kobra Rahmanpour and three other young ladies in Iran. please do not take this as a plotical action, it is purely humanistic. Help unfortunate people on the face of the earth.


    Comment by Amir — October 1, 2006 @ 12:35 am

  78. Now this is an amazing thing.

    The spirit of adventure that drives mankind to new heights of strength and wisdom is still alive.

    These journies should be known by all, as they give man something to dream of. For me, the dream is of a place all but extinct in this, the modern world: the unmapped; the unknown.

    Mankind defines itself by the challenges it deems worthy enough to undertake.

    I envy you, Anousheh Ansari. But I, like many of us, are following right behind you.

    Comment by J. Jacob Weston — October 1, 2006 @ 12:45 am

  79. I have found your blog to be not only informative, but inspirational! I remember the awe of the first of the new wave of space shuttles growing up in the eighties. By the turn of the century, it seemed almost commonplace and sadly people turned their attention away from the stars as it was “old news”. Having a first person perspective from a civilian who sees everything with fresh eyes may be the first step in reminding people what an incredible adventure lies outside of our tiny little planet. I am glad to know you made it back safely and I will be keeping up with your adventures!

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

  80. You are a hero. God bless, and God speed!

    Comment by Heather — October 1, 2006 @ 12:52 am

    (just kidding, you are too REAL for politics)

    Comment by Mojgan & Amir Reza — October 1, 2006 @ 12:58 am

  82. :)
    Welcome back home

    خانم انصاری از صمیمانه به شما تبریک میگویم که توانستین یکی از بزرگترین آرزوهای خود را برآورده کنین

    Comment by hamid — October 1, 2006 @ 1:03 am

  83. Thank you so very much for your wonderful reports from space. And while whoever said the US was not acknowledging your trip - not sure if that was true since that is how I found out about your trip. We are one planet and one people on that planet and will hopefully get to that one day soon. Marianne Williamson is the true author of the quote you posted. Nelson was quoting from Marianne’s book when he said that. (It is a great book).
    Thanks again for letting us all know what it was like - from a visitor’s perspective.

    Comment by Marianne — October 1, 2006 @ 1:04 am

  84. Dear Mrs Ansari,

    My name is Vedankt and I am a 7 year old from India live in piscataway Newjercy.My mom told me about your story how you came from Iran and made your dreams come true..I want to study hard and become astronat or invent lot of stuff and to work for Nasa and make my Mom and and Dad proud like you..I think space is cool…How does it look…How do you feel there…Do you feel God’s power..

    Love and Regards

    Comment by Vedankt — October 1, 2006 @ 1:06 am

  85. Anousheh,

    It sounds like it was an amazing experience. Your words moved me and helped me imagine what it’s like in space. My hope is that someday, anybody who wants to, can go into space. Hopefully your experience will show that “civilians” going into space generates new interest in the various space programs and space exploration in general. I hope space tourism “takes off” , pardon the pun, but hopefully it won’t be so expensive for a person to go into space in the future. Good luck in your future endeavours.

    Comment by Aviendha — October 1, 2006 @ 1:08 am

  86. Anoushe dear,
    Please forgive me to use yr blog to answer “A GENTELMAN NAMED JACK, #49 DD: Spet. 30th @10:50pm. I can not resist it. This kind of reaction towards yr accomplishments in life, hard work especially in a foreign country, IS UNHUMANATARIAN… You poor poor man, JACK. I really feel sorry for you. You have LOTS of problems. Surely, U need help.
    We all pray for u.

    Comment by Furious!! — October 1, 2006 @ 1:10 am

  87. Dear Anousheh,

    I propouse to have “Jack”, the frustrated guy, that doesn’t deserve to be on Earth, to be sent out to space, and let him get back in a Soyus Habitat Module,… and…I leave the rest to your imagination. :)

    You have been unique, impossible to be compared to any one else, as simple as that.

    Keep up with your sucsess in life.
    FL, US

    Comment by Jim — October 1, 2006 @ 1:19 am

  88. Dear Anousheh~
    I am so mesmerized by your experience. You are so brave to make this trek, and I thank you for sharing it with us! I can’t imagine doing what you did….I don’t even like to fly on an airplane! But you are a tremendous inspiration for me. We are the same age, and after reading your blog, I realize that I have been “watching the world go by” in all the wrong ways. Thank you for going up there and being fabulous! Please continue this blog…or write a book…so that we can continue to be inspired, as well as live vicariously through your words!

    Comment by DogsDontPurr — October 1, 2006 @ 1:20 am

  89. Thank you for those very inspiring words and thank you for sharing your moments with us. We share your joys, feears and triumphs. I hope people from all nation will one day realize that we live in one planet and that we should work hand in hand to making it a better one — no more wars, no more bullying by some powerful country, no poverty, no religious discrimination — just people living and loving this only planet that we have. Cheers and Mabuhay!

    Welcome back to Earth!

    Comment by tedfrancisco, manila — October 1, 2006 @ 1:25 am

  90. سلام . از اينكه به خانه برگشته ايد ؛ همه ما خيلئ خوشحال هستيم . شما باعث افتخار ماهسيتيد ؛ كارئ كه شما انجام داديد باعث سربلندئ و غرورو غزت ما شد . اميدوارم كه اين پشتكاررا همواره و درتمام مراحل زندگئ حفظ كنيد . به اميد موفقيت شما در همه مراحل . خدانگهدار . خواهر كوچك شما ؛ شكوفه از دزفول

    Comment by shokofa — October 1, 2006 @ 1:26 am

  91. Hi Anousheh,
    First of all I am really excited of how Yahoo has described you. (The first female space tourist, the first astronaut of Iranian descent-and, now, the first civilian to blog from beyond Earth’s orbit).
    Now about your Quest: That’s right that all of us should continue the path and you are not alone. We do support you. But now you are a very especial person. You are well-known round the world. You are a model for many people especially females to do the best to achieve their goals. You can be the leader and make this wave bigger. You can make the world more beautiful. You remember the effect of Live 8, so now you have the power to do something the same.
    You can write a book which definitely will be the best seller of the year. You can keep your web site active to link people to each other. You can go round in universities and talk with students face to face and talk about your journey and your idea about world. You can travel to different countries to meet people to see how they will support you. You can make a TV show, maybe just showing on internet, just by traveling and remind people about life, world, space, earth, peace, humanity.
    The changes won’t be fast. We can’t clean all borders on the earth just in one night, but we can go forward.
    I wish to see you as a winner of peace noble prize in near future.
    May all your dreams come true,

    Comment by Shahram — October 1, 2006 @ 1:26 am

  92. Thank you for those very inspiring words and thank you for sharing your moments with us. We share your joys, feears and triumphs. I hope people from all nation will one day realize that we live in one planet and that we should work hand in hand to making it a better one — no more wars, no more bullying by some powerful country, no poverty, no religious discrimination — just people living and loving this only planet that we have. Cheers and Mabuhay!

    Welcome back to Earth! Hope we can visit my country in the soonest time!

    Comment by tedfrancisco, manila — October 1, 2006 @ 1:30 am

  93. سلام خانم انصاري

    هزارن دليل براي افتخار كردن به تو دارم شايد آخري آن رفتن به فضا باشد وقتي ديدم چگونه اين همه رنج سفر و ماهها آموزش را تحمل كردي براي رسيدن به آرزويت كه مي توانست خداي ناكرده سفري بي باز گشت باشد. از اينكه دوباره به زمين برگشني و ديدمت سيب در دست و خندان با ديگران حرف مي زدي واقعاً خوشحال شدم و اشك در چشمانم حلقه بست، تو مرا به فضا و كهكشان علاقمند كردي موضوعي كه قبلاً فكر مي كردم يكي از خسته كننده ترين موضوعات عالم باشد و تو دوباره پس از مدتها مفتخر به ايراني بودنم كردي ومهمتر از همه تو به من نيروي عجيب و غريبي براي رسيدن به اهدافم دادي هر وقت به مشكلي بر مي خورم مي گويم ((محمد حركت كن انوشه انصاري رفت فضا تو يه كار ساده در مقابل اون شجاعت انوشه نميخوي انجام بدي)) حالامن به معناي شيرزن در زبان فارسي پي مي برم اميدوارم هميشه زنده و سلامت باشي اميدوارم در ايران تو را ببينيم

    Comment by محمدرضا — October 1, 2006 @ 1:32 am

  94. I’m so happy that you are the first Iranian American Female in Space. You inspire all of us to reach out and accomplish our dreams. Glad you made it back safely.

    Comment by Mahtab from San Diego — October 1, 2006 @ 1:34 am

  95. Welcome back to our planet Anousheh, and congratulations for your amazing experience. You are one of my heroes. Did you feel strange when you saw the earth knowing that the part of it that we walk on is so thin compared to the amazing distances you have travelled? I would love to know how you perceived where you were on your travels, It’s so strange for a person to even be a thousand miles from home while still on the surface… I would have so many questions to ask you if I saw you. Please keep posting, there will be still many of us to read your words, tell us more about the experience of space. Don’t feel sad that your trip is over, with so many people experiencing even tiny parts of the wonders you saw through your blog, your trip is living on in a thousand minds. Go mbeannai Dia ort.

    Comment by Sean Mac An Oghaim — October 1, 2006 @ 1:34 am

  96. 20,000,000??…how many meals would that buy for a starving village…how much medicine could that buy for deathly sick children who’s governments have failed them?…alas, this is hardly your concern, nor should it be. however, let’s hope the people responsible for such grossly over priced play time are putting the funds to good use.

    Comment by eddie brown — October 1, 2006 @ 1:35 am

  97. welcome to the good old Earth!
    انوشه جان چقدر خوشحالم که سالم برگشتی. your description of landing preoaring to land was so exciting and it made me very nervous even knowing that you were back safe and sound. i felt as if i was there with you. and between ourselves, i don’t think i don’t think i want to ever do that! anousheh jan, i have written to you before. As i mentioned before it would be an honor for me to be able to talk to you when you can.
    i hope you can get some rest .
    regards, simin

    Comment by simin — October 1, 2006 @ 1:36 am

  98. Dear Anoushen,

    You are a great example and inspiration for me. I am sure for many, many other too. I am an immigrantfrom Kazakhstan, city called Taraz.
    I wish I can donate $500 to get your autographed photo for my daughter Aigerim… I wish you all the luck and happiness in life. Thank you for doing what you doing and being an inspiration for all the women, especially muslim women.


    Comment by Meiramkul from Taraz — October 1, 2006 @ 1:40 am

  99. Anousheh,
    i do not know if you will ever read this comment, but if you do, i would like to let you know, you are an idol. My name is Donna, and i am a 15 year old girl, that has ALWAYS dreampt of flying into space. Just like you, i would sit outside, during those hot summer days and look up into the sky… thinking
    ” wow ” how astounding would it be to go up there, and see what it is like. That is what you have accomplished: A dream, very far from reality. Not many people accomplish these sort of things in their lifetime…but you have. It is amazing, how you went from being a 16 yearold living in Iran, to who you are today… your story makes me realize that hard work pays off, and dreams DO COME TRUE! Maybe… someday I will go into space… but this is a dream EXTREMELY far from reality.yet, thanks to you it becomes closer to me each day. I read each and every one of your blogs in and out, and your details of the trip, enthusiasm and energy in your writing has left me to feel as if i was there in space with you.Thank you for that.


    Comment by 15yearoldgirl — October 1, 2006 @ 1:45 am

  100. Dear Anousheh,

    I just want to say that you make all of us Iranians proud, and through your actions prove to the world that we are not represented by our current government. Politics aside, I want to send my congradulations for accomplishing something that the rest of us could only dream of. Way to go sister…and thanks for making this blog to share in some of the glory.

    Comment by Ardalan Yazdi — October 1, 2006 @ 1:46 am

  101. Hello up there! hope everything is going well, question who is the lucky guy in your life?

    Comment by Rick moses — October 1, 2006 @ 1:49 am

  102. Thank you so much for taking the time to blog your experience! I will share this with my students on my classroom webpage and then again in class on Monday. Congrats and welcome home! I share your thoughts and dreams of going to space. Knowing all the risks, I would say yes in a heartbeat if asked to go on a mission. I applaud you and your efforts. Keep up the great work of sharing what you did and saw. I hope that this can be a giant step in people all over the world working together in peace to make a better place for our children and our grandchildren.

    Comment by Marsha Nodeen — October 1, 2006 @ 1:53 am

  103. I am happy for you. You represent not only American, but also Iranian aspirations to better the world.
    You indeed shine the light of God in your works.

    Comment by Boinkie — October 1, 2006 @ 1:55 am

  104. Hi there Anousheh

    well done…this is really, really superb. i wish i have the kind of cash that you have to get to travel to space. hopefully, some day, space tourism gets to be developed and more people gets to travel there. if only there is a beautiful female alien up there for me to fall in love with…..

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

  105. Anousheh, Thank you for sharing your adventures with terrestrial mortals such as we. The force of your thoughts and observations, as well as the eloquence with which you relate them, may not be measured in Gs, yet mountains are moving within our hearts and minds. After God invented Velcro, He (or She) fortunately — for our planet — also invented you. Please continue to use your talents as you are; you have become, I sense, a strong instrument for peace and understanding. Here’s wishing the best thoughts for you, your cousin, Nelson Mandela, and for everyone. - Randy in New York.

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

  106. Congratulations! :o) Let me know how the world looks like from out there!

    Comment by Kara — October 1, 2006 @ 2:06 am

  107. سلام . خیلی خوشحالم خوشحالم از اینکه اولین ایرانی هستی که این به همچین رویایی رسیدی و خوشحال از اینکه اولین بانوی ایرانی هستی که به فضا میره . خوشحالم از اینکه میبینم دیدت اینقدر وسیع و قشنگه .خوشحالم از اینکه میتونم این کامنت رو برات بذارم وبگم هم وطن هات توی ایران چقدر دوستت دارن .بهت تبریک میگم انوشه جان امیدوارم همیشه موفق باشی . از صمیم قلب برای شما وخانوادت ارزوی تندرستی و موفقیت دارم.

    Comment by زهره — October 1, 2006 @ 2:06 am

  108. Hello Anousheh

    First of all welcome back. Good to hear you are still in high spirits. You are right of course, Securing the future of humanity should be a collective effort on all our part, and the future is out there. To quote Konstantin Tsiolkovsky “Earth is the cradle of mankind, but one does not live in the cradle for ever” ( love quoting that :-) ). Indeed if the history of Homo sapien plus is to be measured in the millions of years and not mere thousands the vast majority of it will be spend out of the cradle ( there i go again ) and believe it or not whether that ever happens boils down to this moment, here and now. Just like we owe our modern existence to a small band of people that decided to leave the relative comfort of their cradle ( East Africa ) and find out what lay beyond, our future as a species ( and possibly of life in the universe as a whole if we happened to have won the lottery of being “First-Life” ) will most likely depend on another small band of people ( relatively speaking ) deciding to find out what lies beyond. I for one think we should take up that challenge instead of passing it on to another generation.

    The video was great. I enjoyed it. However if you go to Google video ( link below ) you will find a much better quality one.


    So, people, what do you say we make sure the exodus starts with us?


    Dallas TX

    Comment by Muinde Kithome — October 1, 2006 @ 2:10 am

  109. Hi Anousheh:

    Welcome back home. I enjoy reading your post including comments on your blog. This is my 4th email to you!

    No matter 10 days on space or 6 month; space participant, astronaut or cosmonaut; you had a great adventure, and did survived from a very risky trip, risky take off and risky landing. I admire your courage and positive attitude.

    You are smart enough to know that everything you did in the past or anything you will do in the future, there are some short minded who couldn’t see it or always objecting. Those are selfish, sick, jealous, racist, looser, etc. (you name it!) and unfortunately, it was always been like that in the history of human being. But what is matter most to you, just follow your heart and do what you always think is right to do.

    Keep up your good work.

    Hamilton from Canada

    Comment by Hamilton — October 1, 2006 @ 2:11 am

  110. Dear Anousheh,

    Please accept my heartiest congratulations on account of having fulfilled your dream. It’s really inspiring to read about your experiences. I’m sure the world must look like

    From a distance, the world must seem like such a wonderful and peaceful place. I wonder if it makes people realize that this is the only place in the universe we can call home, and yet most of humanity is living in conflict, poverty, war and pain, and for what, given that all we really need to live is Mother earth, love and compassion.

    There’s six billion of us on mother Earth. While on hand three billion of us live hand to mouth day-to-day, on the other hand, the wealthiest few in the world control the destiny of most of mankind, and foolish as they are in failing to realize that our lives are mere journey’s that don’t even last the blink of a cosmic eye, in pursuing more wealth they cause social and economic imbalances with increase the rift between the have and the have nots. They also control governments which in turn misuse their might to put entire religions at war, when all religions merely serve to provide guidelines by which to leave decent lives. People fight and kill over such trivial things as land and money, and yet others sow seeds of hatred when they misuse their might to violate the integrity of the weak, and these seeds do bear fruit someday, only to put the world in a vicious circle of insecurity and hatred. All this makes one wonder where we’re headed as mankind.

    In such sad and hopeless times for humanity, the views and perspectives you share based on your remarkable journey into the vast infinite we call space, surely provides much hope to a world in dire need of hope, compassion and humanity.

    Welcome back home!

    Sanjay Tandon

    Comment by Sanjay Tandon — October 1, 2006 @ 2:34 am

  111. Anousheh, Thank you for sharing your adventures with terrestrial mortals such as we. The force of your thoughts and observations, as well as the eloquence with which you relate them, may not be measured in Gs, yet mountains are moving within our hearts and minds. After God invented Velcro, He (or She) fortunately — for our planet — also invented you. Please continue to use your talents as you are; you have become, I sense, a strong instrument for peace and understanding. Here’s wishing the best thoughts for you, your cousin, Nelson Mandela, and for everyone. - Randy in New York

    Comment by Randy Woodbury — October 1, 2006 @ 2:41 am

  112. it’s a wonderful experience to read your writings and
    also the responses of others.. What joy! such
    sky-loving people we are, reaching upward, for the
    most part.. a reflection of our love for earth..

    i am palestinian living in america, and wrote a book
    that will be published in Spring 2007 by farrar,
    straus and giroux. its title is TASTING THE SKY: A
    Palestinian Childhood.. When i read your blog I
    thought it would be awesome if you write a book.. in
    your case it would be REALLY REALLY TASTING THE SKY,

    Also, I wanted to tell you that the quotation sent to
    you by your cousin “our deepest fear is not….” was
    not written by Nelson Mandela. It’s by the talented
    female writer Marianne Williamson, and you can find it
    in her book A Return to Love. You would love that book
    actually. I think Nelson Mandela quoted Marianne
    Williamson. And it would be great for everyone to know
    that this most inspiring quotation was written by a
    woman.. who is very brave in her thinking, like you.

    salam, and THANK YOU for thinking of everyone on
    earth, when you were riding the sky.. wishing
    fulfillment of more of your dreams.

    ibtisam barakat.
    [email received]
    (website under construction at
    the moment)

    Comment by ibtisam barakat — October 1, 2006 @ 2:45 am

  113. Anousheh

    Welcome home and thank you for your story.

    Do not be disheartened by the few negative comments you have received concerning the expediture. Those people fail to see the value of your inspiration to millions of children around our world…and more importantly…the value of your multi-national experience that encourages a postive atmosphere of cooperation, understanding, and peace.

    For me, the honesty and feeling in your story has brought to focus that we on this planet should concentrate more on exploring our similarities rather than our differences.

    Your ambition, your adventure, and your willingness to share with so many is priceless. I consider you an ambassador of Earth.

    I wish you all the best and God bless.

    Troy, Michigan USA

    Comment by food4thot — October 1, 2006 @ 2:51 am

  114. Anousheh, Thank you for sharing your adventures with terrestrial mortals such as we. The force of your thoughts and observations, as well as the eloquence with which you relate them, may not be measured in Gs, yet mountains are moving within our hearts and minds. After God invented Velcro, He (or She) fortunately — for our planet — also invented you. Please continue to use your talents as you are; you have become, I sense, a strong instrument for peace and understanding. Here’s sending the best thoughts for you and your husband, your cousin, Nelson Mandela (and yours/his choice of great quotes), and for everyone. - Randy in New York

    Comment by Randy Woodbury — October 1, 2006 @ 3:19 am

  115. Greetings,
    Welcome back. Question..did you listen to some Persian music when you were on the ISS? If so, please tell us about your selections. My fisrt choice would have been Mahtab by Vigen.
    Best wishes for your future endeavors..
    Bacheh Khuzistan

    Comment by M. Farvardin — October 1, 2006 @ 3:29 am

  116. the whole thing sounded awfully boring. guess what? i was just reminded by your words that there is no need to go to space. Im meant to live and die here and i have no problem with that. thanks for saving millions — i’ll be giving it to a charitable organization.

    Comment by NT — October 1, 2006 @ 3:36 am

  117. space tourism is the stupidest thing imaginable

    Comment by BobA — October 1, 2006 @ 3:36 am

  118. Dear Mrs. Ansari,
    You are one of most glory Iranian descent that brought the proud to our national country. I put your home page link in my web site address and wish the health for you and other Iranian scientists in NASA.

    Welcome to the Earth.
    Vancouver, CANADA

    Comment by Parham — October 1, 2006 @ 3:39 am

  119. Anousheh,
    You have touched something bigger than all of us…the face of God and seen all of us and creation through the eyes of the Creator. All of us looked to the heavens to watch you and saw His glory declared in the stars. I had just heard your quote from Nelson Mandela, last night for the first time in a movie called “Akeelah and the Bee” about a young girl who overcame adversity to become the best at something she was gifted at- spelling and win the National Spelling Bee. She had people in her life who tried to keep her from fulfilling her dreams but when people began to see her passion and determination (with a little bit of attitude), eventually everyone (even unlikely people) began to help and pull for her and cheer her on. One scene in the movie that stood out to me was when she was about to give up and didn’t believe she could succeed, and her coach had her read the same quote from Nelson Mandela hanging on his wall until she began to believe it. One sentence in that quote jumped out and struck my heart. “You were born to manifest the glory of God…” You have been given tremendous favor that will lead you to stand before kings and a gift to touch many lives for good. I was reminded of the story of a girl named Esther, who changed the course of history and saved her people from destruction. She was willing to risk her life for a cause greater than her own welfare. You are a modern day Esther who was born for such a time as this. By your example, many are realizing that it’s ok to dream, share, be vulnerable, communicate and most importantly, love others unconditionally; revealing the glory of God. How awesome that the One who created all of this, who makes dreams come true, would choose to love us and desire for us to know Him. Blessings to you and your family.

    Comment by Gunner J — October 1, 2006 @ 3:57 am

  120. Dear Anousheh,

    congrats and welcome home.thank u so much for sharing all that memmorable momemts.all the best for ur future projects.

    Comment by chandu — October 1, 2006 @ 4:05 am

  121. the quote your cousin attributed to Nelson Mandela actually belongs to a writer named Williamson, used in her book A Return To Love (1992). Though Mandela may have used it in a speech, it is not originally his.

    Comment by alfred e. newman — October 1, 2006 @ 4:22 am

  122. سركار خانم مهندس انصاري
    با سلام و عرض تبريك به مناسبت پايان موفقيت آميز سفرتان به فضا و خير مقدم براي بازگشت به سلامت شما به زمين.
    شما افتخار ما ايرانيان نه تنها بر كره ارض بلكه در تمام عالم هستي ميباشيد براي شما از صميم قلب ميليونها ايراني
    كه باعث شادي قلبشان شديد آرزوي سعادت و موفقيت مي كنم
    باشد تا حكومت مداران ما كمي از شما براي شادي دل مردمدرس بگيرن و مايه مباهات مردم ايران را بشناسند
    درود ودو صد بدرود
    دوستداران هميشگي شما از ايران-تهران
    رامين صفا

    Comment by Ramin Safamanesh — October 1, 2006 @ 4:24 am

  123. Dear Anousheh,

    I never had any dreams of going to space. In fact I always thought of it as a lonely place…maybe even a scary dark place. However, after reading your writings from space I thought…well maybe it’s not so bad…I guess I will try it once…but I will wait until the ticket prices comes down a bit…
    Some questions come to my mind though! do you think there will ever be low-season tickets for sale to space? maybe on ebay? will there be security checks where they will ask you to take off your shoes and your space suit at the launch pad? will there be curb-side check-ins? :)
    Seriously though, I love to write and your writings and attention to details show that you have a great talent for writing. The feelings you put behind each word come straight through to your readers as each one complements it’s predecessor.
    Keep writing. There are still plenty to write about down here as well.

    Good luck with whatever you do and I will sure keep reading for any new material. Please give my regards to your family.

    Doostaane aziz, tarjomeye farsie neveshtehaye khanome Ansari update shod. rooye esme man click konid.

    Comment by Tourang — October 1, 2006 @ 4:24 am

  124. Our deepest fear…written by Marianne Williamson. If you are going to quote a great woman writer make sure she gets the credit. As a great woman yourself, I’m sure you understand. =+)

    Comment by Pam — October 1, 2006 @ 4:29 am

  125. Hi, I know this has been said over and over again, but I just have to thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your wonderful experience. Hope I can help pass the positive vibe forward. Take care and God bless you and your family! :)

    Comment by Claudine — October 1, 2006 @ 4:32 am

  126. The beautiful quote you chose are the words of Marianne Williamson , in Return to Love (often mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela who, contrary to internet legend, did not use the quote in his inaugural address.)
    Enjoy you journey. -Michael

    Comment by Michael Connors — October 1, 2006 @ 4:33 am

  127. Hey Anousheh, You’re acting as if you’ve conquered the world - You just were lucky enough to have enough money to pay for a space travel…which is nothing special really…u’ve done nothing special

    Comment by Frank — October 1, 2006 @ 4:34 am

  128. OH MY GOD. No word can describe how excited I am right now. I was sitting in my bedroom surfing aimlessly, when I saw your picture on the Yahoo Home page. I never click the news, I always just go to the email. I read the little blurb about you and it said something like “First private woman to travel to space”…. Now that’s real news to me. I only read “Watching the world go by” and I’m too excited to keep on reading, i had to write you right away and tell you what happened!

    After reading “Watching the world go by”, I steped out onto my balcony and looked at my backyard. Your blog was still fresh in my mind and in my heart. I looked up, I looked left and right, and then stright ahead. I finally felt was what I been trying to feel for many years. Total Peace. And you know what the weird thing was, It felt like nothing. And that surprised me, because I think most people down here, including me til now, equate nothing with negative. But I was Just Being (www.tiesto.com) and it felt like nothing, which was completly peaceful.

    Then I thought, “how can I use this new information to help me reach my goals?” I felt that since I now understood nothing, I could understand anything that came after it. So naturally I tried to do something I’ve never really been able to do before. Create. I Related A Page To Nothing, Inkwell To My Experience, And A Pen To Creating. And tried to finish conceptualizing a motion picture script I’m working on right now with a friend. Jay says Hi. Long story short, I easily came up with the Message, the Ending, the Title, and even the Movie Poster of the story. Which were major missing pieces for me. You made me understand why I wasn’t able to come up with the message before. It was beacause I was afraid of failing and being rejected. If some of this doesnt makes sense here’s a something I wrote down right away so I wouldnt forget. I just retraced my thoughts. Hope it helps you understand exactly what I’m trying to say.

    Took A Break
    Looked At My Backyard
    Thought Of The Space Blog http://spaceblog.xprize.org/2006/09/26/watching-the-world-go-by/
    Felt Total Peace, and Peace Felt Like Nothing
    Then I Understood Nothing as Being Equal To Just Being. Which Is The Answer To Solving Any Problem.
    It Seemed Like I Understood Everything That Comes After Nothing Now.
    Then I Tried To Do Something That I Have Trouble Doing. Creating.
    I Related An Inkwell To My Experience, A Page As To Nothing, And A Pen To Creating.
    I Applied It To “Daves Adventure” Because It Seemed It Was Missing Something
    I Knew A Had Parts Of It (The Comedy) But Not The Whole Thing (The Message).
    I Knew I Could Now Use Any Message I Wanted.
    I Realized I Couldn’t Decide On A Message Because I Was Afraid Of Failing And Rejection *BIG PERSONAL STEP
    Then I Thought Of The Space Blog; “God Give Me Vision To See My Path, and The Strength To Pursue It”
    That Made Me Draw On My Experience Instead Of Fabricating A Lie From Thin Air.
    I Easily Start Realting My Current Situation To The Movie. I Want Girls, I Don’t Want Girls.
    Then I Came Up With The Message Easily; You Don’t Need A Girlfriend To Be Happy.
    Then I Think I Start Thinking About A Title, Which Also Came Pretty Easy.
    I Thought Its About Dave And Girls, and His Buddies Who Have Girlfriend Issues. So Call It Girlfriends.
    Then The Movie Poster Came To Me. A Feminine Looking Poster With 4 Guys And The Word GIRLFRIENDS.

    So Basically, Start With Nothing, Create using Experience then Orchestrate It. Ink, Pen, Paper.

    (its a comedy in case your confused=)

    Your friend in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

    - Navi Bala age 24

    Comment by Navi Bala — October 1, 2006 @ 4:35 am

  129. Dear Ms. Ansari,

    I’ve been following your trip to space. You are a true inspiration to us all. Your writing has brought many teas to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. You are a true woman. A great example of motivation. Congratulations to you, Mr. Ansari, and to your family. May god bless you, always.

    Comment by Dr. Mortazavi — October 1, 2006 @ 4:37 am

  130. i love you anousheh, for doing this

    Comment by negin — October 1, 2006 @ 4:42 am

  131. faghat mitoonam behet ino begam: damet garm…
    doset darim!

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

  132. Dear Anousheh,

    “You can surely find the sun within yourself, if only you search”. It’s my favorite quote and I want to share it with you. I know that you’ve done it for yourself as well.


    Comment by Golnaz — October 1, 2006 @ 4:53 am

  133. ba arze salam khedmate khanoome Anoushe Ansari ,
    khob shoma koja didin ke 2ta hamvatan be zaboone dige sohbat konan man ham be zaboone khodemoon sohbat mikonam va eftekhar mikonam .

    ghabl az har chizi in movafaghiate bozorg ro be shoma tabrik migam be chand dalil : be khatere shoja’atetoon , eradatoon , talash va zahmatetoon va hefze esalate mellitoon .

    in kare shoma yeki az bozorgtarin arezoohaye mane , va bishtar az in doost daram oon ehsasi ke oon bala behem dast midar o tajrobe konam .
    be nazare man oonja adam mifahme ke cheghadr mojoode bozorg va tavanmandiye ke har kari ke bekhad mitoone bokone .
    albate oon bala be nazare man por az kelasaye darse ! be har ja ke negah mikoni kelase dars mibini , be kahkeshanha ke kheili doooran be zamin be mah be khorshid be … hame o hame kelase darse . darsai ke betoonim be ghodrate khoda pey bebarim bebinim che kar karde , ajab chizai doros karde ta ma hatta lahzei ham be vojoodesh shak nakonim .
    man midoonam ke shoma vaghte ziadi nadarin ke hameye in peyghamha ro bekhoonin va doost dashtam bishtar mineveshtam .
    omidvaram ba ham be faza berin va jaye man ham khali konid ! ;)

    yek sokhan : Be jaye anke be khamooshi laenat beferestid , barkhizid va shami biafroozid va hezar bar begppid mikhahamat , eshtebah kardehid , chera ke ensan khod bayad khaste bashad … khod ra beshenasad va baed digari .

    ghorbane shoma,
    Certificated by Ali Hamidi ( Faculty of Economics - University of Tehran )
    9/7/85 - 09:02 - Tehran

    Comment by Ali Hamidi — October 1, 2006 @ 5:28 am

  134. Wow, what you got to experience! How awesome! Psalms 19:1-3, says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” To see it from a different perspective must have been truly fantastic. From the unreached heights of the heavens to the depths of the earth, God is great!

    Comment by Kerri — October 1, 2006 @ 5:46 am

  135. salam Anooshe jan
    kheili khosh halam ke be salamat bargashtid
    shoja at va jesarate shoma ghabele tahsin ast.
    omidvaram baz ham khabar haie jadidi az shoma beshnavim.
    hameie ma irani ha be shoma eftekhar mikonim.

    Comment by marzieh — October 1, 2006 @ 5:48 am

  136. با سلام
    پيشنهاد مي كنم يك پيغام فارسي هم مي نوشتي البته نه خيلي دير

    Comment by mehdi — October 1, 2006 @ 5:53 am

  137. salam Anoushe.
    tabrik be khatere safare mavafaghetoon.
    tashakor be khatere in fekre khoob va bozorg va baz va neveshtehaye por az omidvari ke be man khyli komak karde.
    baz ham az in kara bokonid chon ye alame javoone dame marg ra ra be zendegi dobare omidvar kardid. mesle khode man.
    bye bye.

    Comment by Farzaneh — October 1, 2006 @ 5:58 am

  138. خانم انصاری خوشحالم که شما به عنوان یک ایرانی اولین گردشگر زن فضا بودید. مطمئنم که شما همانطور که خودتان گفته بودید در تمامی لحظات به عنوان یک ایرانی به خود افتخار می کردید.
    امیدوارم یک روز شما را در ایران و در حال آموزش به هموطنانتان ببینم.
    در پناه ایزد منان موفق باشید.

    Comment by مهدی شاهینی — October 1, 2006 @ 6:06 am

  139. Only Welcome

    I Love you Miss Ansari
    so professional

    SAMY N2O. Is Back….

    Comment by SAMY N2O — October 1, 2006 @ 6:08 am

  140. سلام و سپاس
    انوشه عزیزم برای ها ایرانیان عزیز هستی به تو افتخار می کنیم، از تو با غرور یاد می کنیم و با امید به فرداهای ایران می نگریم و تو را صمیمانه دوست می داریم
    مراقب خودت باش…

    Comment by Mohammad Reza_Communictions Engineer — October 1, 2006 @ 6:14 am

  141. Dear Anousheh, thank you for inspiring us to shine. Many nights i’ve been floating around in the space and meeting aliens from a galaxy far far away in my wild dreams. But I knew they’re not just fantasy dreams cus every great astronaut has proven it to me. you guys are special, closest to the truth, closest to God himself, don’t you think? look how far you have gone! i bet the aliens are soo jealous when they see our planet through some really-high-tech-telescopes. thanks for sharing with us how it’s like to sense the space. yes it’s tangible! A burn almond cookie?! Wow!

    Fei - a 16 years old girl
    CA, US

    Comment by FEI — October 1, 2006 @ 6:16 am

  142. dear anousheh,
    a zillion trillion thanks for sharing with us ur experience - u made us feel so moved, so touched and most importantly so proud of you in so many ways :) u r truly inspirational!

    God bless :)

    Comment by Liza S Adam (Malaysia) — October 1, 2006 @ 6:16 am

  143. سلام خانم انوشه انصاری
    افرین بر شما و این کار حیرت اورتان
    به عنوان یک ایرانی به شما افتخار میکنم
    مطالب جدید را در وبلاگ فارسیتان هم قرار دهید
    موفق باشید__خدا حافظ
    مجید 19 ساله از اصفهان

    Comment by MAJID — October 1, 2006 @ 6:17 am

  144. Dear Anousheh;

    Thank you for the wonderful details about the return flight, and thank you soooo much for sharing your dream with us. If you had half as fun as we did, you had the time of your life. I’m sure that was only your first trip, for you are now a cosmonaut, you have space explorer blood in you, and that light inside of you will tell you when it’s time to go again. There is so much more that you want to know, that you want to see with your own eyes. You were so happy and at peace with yourself, it’s what we could all feel, and I’ll bet their were times you felt that space travel is what you were meant to do all along. I’m sure your star will light the universe again soon.

    I don’t think the Quest will need you leading it every step of the way. It will take on a life of it’s own, and find many new ideas and voices along the path to bringing a never ending peace to our planet, and a never ending desire to explore the universe. I sense your desire to return to and have a private life. You’ll be fine, your heart, mind, and soul have proven to be wonderful guidance systems so far. Maybe your dream and journey, shared by so many others, will prove to be the turning point, but the turn itself will need everybody’s help. You already know who to be (yourself), and you’ll know what to do and/or say when the time comes.

    And YOU ARE special!! Everyone is, but your star does burn a bit brighter than most. You are a much tougher and braver person than you’ll ever admit to yourself. You are a positive and inspiring influence to people who know you, and now alot of people have been exposed to your radiance. Don’t carry it as a burden. When you take the final exam and get to the question ‘Did you try to make the world a better place?’, put an X in the box marked yes, and God will give you a room with a wonderful view of the Quest unfolding before your eyes.

    Live long, prosper and be happy my friend
    Joe LePage Florida, USA

    Comment by Joe LePage — October 1, 2006 @ 6:19 am

    BAY BAY…

    Comment by MAJID — October 1, 2006 @ 6:20 am

  146. Ms. Ansari
    Thank you so much for your efforts to inspire this generation. Your efforts to push today’s technology further and create a better future through the x-prize have been fantastic. I had the pleasure of living in the community near the launch of SpaceShip One, and being at the unveiling of the SpaceShip One exhibit at the EAA museum, and it gives me chills everytime I think of the places we may be in ten, twenty, and fifty years. Thank you,

    Comment by Calvin — October 1, 2006 @ 6:22 am

  147. Hi Anousheh,

    I’m from India and had read about your blog in newspapers here. I’m really happy that you landed home safely and at the same time I’m also proud of you. I’m yet to read your blog completely but couldn’t resist my self from congratulating you first. You’ve been a great inspiration to me and for that matter all womans around the world.

    Thanks you


    Comment by Ravindra — October 1, 2006 @ 6:23 am

  148. انوشه جان خيلي سلام
    از اينكه خودت را تافته جدا بافته اي مثل خيلي ها كه به جايي مي رسند ندانسته اي براي ما بسيار ارزشمند و محبوبي.
    مواظب تبليغات دروغين و كاذب باش تا به راستي ، اصالت ، صدق و صميميتي كه در نهاد توست آسيبي نرسد.
    پيشنهاد مي كنم بنيادي را براي كمك به دانش پژوهان و مبتكران ايراني و غير ايراني از نظر مالي و فكري تشكيل دهيد.
    لطفا فيلم شستشوي سر و مسواك زدن در فضا را براي ما در وبلاگتان بگذاريد.
    موفق تر از هميشه ( هميشه فضايي 32 بار در روز) باشيد.
    ارادتمند شما حامد و شيما
    از ارمنستان

    Comment by Hamed& Shima — October 1, 2006 @ 6:31 am

  149. Your Nelson Mandela quote is inaccurate. He read this during his inaugural speech after winning the presidency of South Africa, but the poem’s author is Marianne Williamson… Just thought everyone should know…

    Comment by Sean — October 1, 2006 @ 6:34 am

  150. Dear Anousheh,

    Welcome back to earth as we all prayed for your safe return.

    You come from a country that no matter how much we try to conceal it, there is not an equal opportunity between men and women. Yet, you accomplished a very challenging dream.
    There is a saying that “If you are able to inspire one child in your life, your life is fulfilled”; you have inspired millions of us and specially many women in Iran. This is truly priceless that unfortunately some individuals will not understand.
    Thank you and we all look forward to your future achievements.

    Bahram Monfared, Orange County, USA

    Comment by bahram — October 1, 2006 @ 6:42 am

  151. Ba Salam Khedmate Anousheh Ansari Aziz
    Man Amin Kyani 20 Sale Va Shomare Shenasname 258 Ahle iran Va Daneshjo Reshte Computer(Software) Avalin Tajrobe Fazayie Shoma Ra Tabrik Migam. Omid Varam Dar Har Jaye Donya Ke Hastid Hamishe Moafagh Bashid. Az Shoma Taghaza Daram Ke Vaghti Be Zamin Bargashtin Hatman Aksha Va Khaterate Khod Ra Az Faza Be E-mail Man Ke Baraton Neveshtam (amin_kyani_3003@yahoo.com) Ersal Konid. Be Dalil Inke Man Ham Mesle Shoma Az Bachegi Be Faza Va FazaNavardi Kheili Alaghe Daram. Hata Dost Daram Dar Aiyande Be Faza Safar Konam Ya Hadeaghal Dar Yek Istgahe Fazayie Kar Konam. Rasti Man Ham Az Weblog Va Ham Az WebSite Shoma Didan Kardam. Va Khaterate (21 September) Shoma Ra Dar Morede Chegonegi Harekat Az Zamin Va Ham Chenin Khaterate Shoma Ra Az Faza Khandam. Kheili Kheili Ghashang Bod Va Kheili Alaghe Mande Baghye Khaterate Shoma Az Faza Shodam.Ham Chenin Ba Khandane Khaterate Shoma Alaghe Man Be Faza Va FazaNavardi Kheili Kheili Bishtar Shod. Hata Vaghti Khaterate Shoma Ro Khondam Boghz Galomo Gereft Va Gerye Kardam Va Hamon Ja az Khoda Khastam Ke Dar Ayande Sharayeti Baram Pish Biad Ke Betonam Ba Faza Safar Konam Va Ya Agar Nashod Ke Be Faza Safar Konam Hadeaghal Dar Yek Istgahe Fazaii Kar Konam. Are Man Be Hamin Dalil Az Shoma Taghaza Daram Tamam Khaterat Va AksHayie Khod Ra Az Faza Ra Be E-Mail Man Ersal Konid. Rasti Mikhastam In Soal Ra Az Shoma Beporsam Ke Baraye Inke Betonam Dar Yek Insgah Fazaii Kar Konim Va Inke Faza Navard Besham Dar Che Resteii Bayad Tahsil Konam. Va Aya in Reshte Dar Iran Ham Tadris Mishavad Ya Baiad Be Kharej Az Keshvar Safar Kard. Man Montazere Rahnamaiha Ya E-Mailhaye Ziba Va Khaterate Zibaye Shoma Hastam. Ba Tashakor (amin kyani)

    Comment by amin kyani — October 1, 2006 @ 6:43 am

  152. Hi dear ANOUSHEH
    First of all I wanted to thank you, because today when I read your website and your blog and specially the quote of Nelson Mandela, it evoked a very strange feeling inside of me, a feeling which I think I lost it so many years ago.
    In these days I’m a bit confused and it seems that I’m loosing my fate in god and humanity and all the beautiful things that I once believed and all the things that gave me the strength to go on and fight for tomorrow; last night I was thinking that it could be so great if could vanish from this planet and from the memories of people who I love them… anyway I don’t want to bother you with this blah blahs, but today when I read you blog, it is strange because, although I don’t believe in nationality and borders but I was so happy that you were an Iranian descent, it made me proud and happy and gave me hope, so thank you for all of these.
    I hope to see more marvelous accomplishments form you.
    With love and best wishes, vahid.

    Comment by thank you — October 1, 2006 @ 6:49 am

  153. Anousheh salaam,
    You should keep this blog going, even on the earth, I’m having fun reading your diaries, as well as people’s comments!
    The landing story was excellent!

    Comment by azar — October 1, 2006 @ 6:53 am

  154. Hi

    You made me to learn more about space about the earth and more important than these: To Learn How to pay for wishies.

    regards and thanks

    Comment by Kaveh — October 1, 2006 @ 6:54 am

  155. its really amazing reading lots of comments. you have spelled cast on so many people ,now there are lot to proceed some how same way specially my fiancee which talks so much about your trip and it has become his interest, wish all be success and gain their desire .
    To allude to those lessons which we should keep in mind is one should have lofty ambition and fight for our couse.

    soheila hosseini

    Comment by soheila hosseini — October 1, 2006 @ 7:01 am

  156. Dear Anousheh,

    i just cant tell you how proud we all are, the first female explorer is an iranian.I mean sure, we are all equal and the nationality should not be important. But as you know it´s a hard time for iranians living outside there country. Many people have the opinion all Iranian think the way the iranian regime does. People like you help us to show them the opposite.
    Best wishes to you and your family.
    Regars, Azadeh

    Comment by Azadeh — October 1, 2006 @ 7:03 am

  157. انوشه جان خسته نباشي
    به زمين خوش اومدي اميدوارم هميشه موفق .پيروز وسربلند باشي

    Comment by NIMA.HI. SEMNAN — October 1, 2006 @ 7:03 am

  158. Salam Anousheh jan
    Behet tabrik migam va khoshhalam keh salem beh zamin bargashti.
    Hala keh in safaret tamoom shodeh digeh matlabi too webloget neminevisi? Ageh mishod gahi vaghta khodet baz ham benevisi va az hadafa va karayi keh dari mikoni baramoon begi kheili khoob mishod.man az to energie mosbat gereftam va mikhastam edameh peyda koneh.
    Hamisheh movaffagh bashi
    اگه خوندن فارگلیسی برات سخته:
    سلام انوشه جان
    بهت تبریک می گم و خوشحالم که سالم به زمین برگشتی.
    حالا که این سفرت تموم شده دیگه مطلبی تو وبلاگت نمی نویسی؟ اگه می شد گاهی وقتا خودت باز هم بنویسی و از هدفا و کارایی که داری می کنی برامون بگی خیلی خوب می شد.من از تو انرژی مثبت گرفتم و می خواستم ادامه پیدا کنه.
    همیشه موفق باشی.

    Comment by Golnaz,19,Tehran — October 1, 2006 @ 7:21 am

  159. باسلام نوشته های شما رو از فضا دنبال کردم و برای اولین بارفکر کردم که چند خطی براتون بنویسم . کار بزرگی کردید و فکر میکنم برای ایرانیها قوت قلبی بودید در این چند وقت که دیگه در مقابل جهانیان سرافکنده نباشند . به این کره خاکی خوش اومدید. میدونم که فقط چندین نفر مثل شما در کره زمین شانس دیدن چنین صحنه ها و تصویرهایی رو داشتند .خوش بحال همگی شما . بهتون تبریک میگم بخاطر این کار بزرگ . میدونم که دیگه آرزوهای دیگر زندگی شما در مقابل این یک آرزو کم رنگ و ساده هستند . برای شما و خانواده بهترین آرزوها رو دارم از همه مهمتر و والاتر سلامتی . سبز باشید و آفتابی آفتابی.

    Comment by shohreh — October 1, 2006 @ 7:36 am

  160. The beginning coments attributed to Nelson Mandella are actually from a letter to Opera Windfrey - it was just on Larry King’s show!

    Comment by Creighton Beeching — October 1, 2006 @ 7:52 am

  161. You have to bring your prospectus to the world leathers,,specially Mr.Bush, not to think so much about the wars,to make our Earth better place to leave, Pleas keep poking him in every chance that you get in the Media,
    This is your mission from now on, peace for the world.
    Thanks for your light that is shining in every one of us.

    Comment by mehdi — October 1, 2006 @ 7:55 am

  162. thats a wonderful quote and its kind of you too share it with us. your an inspiration to all! and you are special!!

    Kishie, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Comment by Kishie — October 1, 2006 @ 8:07 am

  163. Anousheh,

    Happy landings! I was thinking about your short trip and the reason you were able to accomplish this was to provide cash flow into the Russian space enterprise. There are other endeavors where lay people pay to have the privilege of participating in a scientific project for a fee. I know that some archeology digs are partially funded by people who want to participate, not as “tourists” but actually get in and get their hands dirty as a working member of the crew.

    I see a case for this in space too, had you been able to stay longer and be an actual crew member for one of the International Members even though you paid to do so. It would surely lower the cost of an extra crew member if that member was paying for the privilege. I would as I am sure you would be happy to be the “Designated Space Station Flunky” on the International Space Station or some Commercial Space Station of the future. Not being so highly trained as a full fledged astronaut, doing the fetch and carry work as directed to assist the Astronauts. Even being the Station Maid or Janitor for a longer duration flight, not the 6 months of a regular crew member, but a month or so would be a good length of time to spend on orbit. It would be exquisitely worthwhile. That was a vision I had in a dream inspired by your flight.

    Perhaps when commercial access to space is a reality, a business case for “Real Working Space Adventures” could be made.

    You inspired so many people; the astronauts seemed to have accepted you as what you are, an adventurer, a pioneering woman unafraid to follow her dreams. Participant or not you were part of those crews something you will always have to cherish, don’t loose you vision.

    I was so touched when your face lit up when your husband leaned over from behind you at the landing site and you saw him. I wish I had a woman that would look at me like that, it was priceless to see.

    Thank you for being so open and candid, not that many people care to share their hearts like you did.

    You are a woman who simply is “Out of this World!”

    Comment by Helton Bare — October 1, 2006 @ 8:07 am

  164. Dear Anousheh,
    It is nice that you are back and is sharing you experiance to all the aspirants and well wishers across this world.

    The earth will keep on taking thousands of rotations and revolutions, people will change, thoughts and priorities will change…
    You will probably one person who really can feel and say how earth looks like from space, the borders that divides each country and states. And the people who fight at each other over territories, religions ect. looks like…? How foolish are we human beings before the force that created it..!!

    Hope your efforts will inspire atleast some of us to look at this life and world in a holistic view and work towards the betterment of this world..!
    All the very best to you…

    Warm regards

    Comment by Ranjith — October 1, 2006 @ 8:13 am

  165. The inspiration that your journeys have brought to the world are undeniable. Not matter your intentions. You said something about harnessing this collective energy for change, I greatly agree with this sentiment and can do it the only way I know how. By debating and discussing and formulating the potential for change and progression in all aspects of society. [link is above] This is where you can go anyone who follows this sentiment and wishes to continue the effects of Anousheh.

    Comment by Quixotic — October 1, 2006 @ 8:24 am

  166. Dear Anousheh

    First of all I would like to thank you for your great words and quote of Nelson Mandela that was as an quake in me in considering more about the universe. I am glad for your safe return, I wish very good time for you with your family and I am waiting to hear the details of your spaceflight, as it is a dream for me, too.

    all the best for you and your family


    Comment by maryam — October 1, 2006 @ 8:25 am

  167. I just wanted to thankyou for your honest comments and thoughts during your trip to space. Because you have written and spoken from your heart, it is truly inspirational for the rest of us.

    Congratulations on a successful journey. I am looking forward to hearing of your future plans.

    Comment by Matt — October 1, 2006 @ 8:25 am

  168. Dear Mrs. Ansari:
    Congratulation. You are an honour for the iranians. I am in doubt whether we were classmates. I had a classmate named Anousheh in Mashad at Shahpar primary school. It seems that you are one year older than me (I was born on August 27, 1967). Were you my classmate?

    Sincerely yours,
    Keyhan Sayadpour, MD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology
    Teheran University of Medical Sciences

    Comment by Keyhan Sayadpour — October 1, 2006 @ 8:28 am

  169. Deariest Iranian woman, Anoushe,
    The most important thing is that you did something as an iranian woman , whatever you name it: a light in your heart it shows all your powerfull wishes which came true and will go on. You may not consider the intent you made in all iranian hearts all over the world to believe in their power and talents through all fear and sarrows they may encounter. We must respect your thoughts of supporting a wish to be so brilliant amoung all problems may all women encounter in their life.What may left is the value of your done which is priceless.I believe God will let you start and finish more important projects due your generous heart and gentility.
    Best wishes for you and your great familly.

    Comment by Elham Naderi — October 1, 2006 @ 8:29 am

  170. Hi Anousheh khanoom,

    I will foloow my dreams because i saw your come true. Thanks for beeing a good guide to me.

    Much Respectfully,

    Comment by Amir — October 1, 2006 @ 8:29 am

  171. I just wanted to tell you what great time its been watching you enjoy the dream of a lifetime for us space fans. I hope your trip and the many other space tourists open up the way in the future for many more of us to be able to go within my lifetime. (Hopefully a little cheaper too ;)

    Thanks for taking us along for the ride and best wishes to you in the future.

    Comment by rfbjames — October 1, 2006 @ 8:32 am

  172. hi its good that you have made it and came back home.hope you enjoyed,my main worry is that as you have quated Nelson Mandela,why dont you make atripe to Africa and you will listen to your heart.all the best madam.i will be checking your blong every day and read your diaries.

    Comment by luihamu — October 1, 2006 @ 8:37 am

  173. Welcome back to Earth!

    It is always inspiring to see someone who works so hard to reach their dreams. Thank you for being such a delightful civilian ambassador to space. While there are many problems on Earth to be fixed, we must also keep exploring new frontiers. The ISS to me is a symbol of what can be accomplished when we cooperate…a funny irony after the “Space Race”! Peace to the world.


    Comment by Justin — October 1, 2006 @ 8:45 am

  174. Dear Anousheh,

    I am from South Africa. Your quote from Mandela touches me cause it’s obviously a little closer to home. It surprised me to see that he wrote it cause I’ve never seen it and I live here! I wish people would see only beauty the way you to. You should watch the movie “What the bleep do we know?” So should everyone!

    Congratulations and best wishes for your plans for the future!

    Comment by Peter — October 1, 2006 @ 8:56 am

  175. سلام خانم انصاري
    بازگشتتون به زمين را تبريك مي گويم.
    اولين بار است كه فضا با بوي زن معطر ميشود.
    پس به فضا هم تبريك مي گويم.
    راستي ممكن است كه باز وبلاگ فارسي تان فعال بشود؟
    مادربزرگ من انگليسي بلد نيست.
    هر روز بعد از كار به خانه اش مي روم و مطالب وبلاگتان را برايش ترجمه مي كنم.
    من شكايتي از اين كار ندارم.
    او از ترجمه هايم خوشش نمي آيد.مي گويد دوست دارد خودش نوشته هايتان را بخواند.

    Comment by محمد رضا — October 1, 2006 @ 8:58 am

  176. سلام ای استوره دختران ایران زمین . سلام ای روح با گوهر
    این افتخار بزرگ را بشما و خانواده شیر مردتان تبریک می گویم .
    خانم انصاری من یک جانباز جنگ هستم . زمانی از ما نیز بعنوان یک استوره یاد می شد و گلها نثارمان می گشت . اما امروزه محتاج نان شب و بدهکار اکثر دوستان و آشنایانیم . و از همه مهمتر اینکه فراموش شده زمین و آسمانیم . خانم انصاری دقیقه به دقیقه همانند روزهای جنگ بدنبال ماجرای سفر شما بودم و باور کنید اشک شوق زمانی در چشمانم جاری شد که شما وارد ایستگاه فضائی شدید . همانند پیروزی در برابر دشمن در حملات رزمندگان ایران . خواهشی دارم که لطفا با من بطور خصوصی مکاتبه فرمئید .. متشکرم برادر هموطن شما [received]

    Comment by سلام هموطن باعث افتخار ما هستی — October 1, 2006 @ 9:00 am

  177. salam khanum ansari , kash shoma ye iranie daneshmand budid , va mardome ma be elme shoma moftakhar budan ta be poole shoma !! agar man ham pooldar boodam miraftam faza! in dar tavane hame mitune bashe . ama daneshe faza na! man be iranie ke salhast keshvaresh o mardomesho naddide o pooldare eftekhar nakhaham kard , eftekhare man be mardomie ke farhango elmesheshun zaban zade , be in hame javooni ke olampiad o ,… rotbeh daran .
    افتخار من به دانشمندان ایرانی است که قلبشون برای مردم ایران می تپد . و ما به همه ایرانیها افتخار می کنیم . اما … به پولشون نه! به علم و رفتار و فرهنگ ایرانی آنها
    موفق باشید

    Comment by paria — October 1, 2006 @ 9:03 am

  178. سلام انوشه جان.تبریک میگم.دوست دارم و از اینکه یک ایرانی اولین فضاگرد زن هست احساس غرور میکنم.دوست دارم.امیدوارم به زودی بیای ایران

    Comment by ندا — October 1, 2006 @ 9:11 am

  179. Welcome Anousheh! Please accept my deepest greetings for such a brilliant performance. Although I could not able to follow your trip every moment, but have read all your marvelous writings and great descriptions, and whenever I had an especial feeling, I shared it by putting comments on your blog. Also I’d like to thank Peter, without whom this great space documentary would not be produced so beautiful. Now, beware your steps! Your mind still is feeling the joyful weightlessness, but your body may not bear it at once! So take care until you completely return back to normal life.

    Thank you for sharing all your deepest sentiments with people all around the world. Thank you for re-teaching us the great comment of Socrates: “The perfect human is all the human being put together”. Thank you for your modesty, which makes your braveness shine supereminently. Thank you for your simplified language (this is a colleague who is telling you!) for general public. Thank you for your perseverance on your way to eternity. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Goodbye, and wishing the best for you and your relatives
    Yours, Farhad from Iran.

    Comment by Farhad — October 1, 2006 @ 9:20 am

  180. Dear Ms. Ansari,

    One night in 1969, a nine year old boy was asleep on a mattress on the floor of the living room of my home. His parents awoke him to eanble him to watch on TV as Neil Armstrong took those first inspiring steps on the surface of the Sea of Tranquility.

    I was that boy and the awe I felt at the scale of that achievement lives on.

    I have around 30 biographies and autobiographies of astronauts, bought because I wanted to try and understand what drove them to risk their lives in such a way, what made them special - super-humans, if you like.

    Reading them, however, I also realised that I was using them to try and feel what the experience must be like, to try and live the dream through them.

    The nearest I have come to space in making two visits to the Kennedy Space Center, where I was enthralled, excited, inspired and humbled by everything around me.

    But through your blog, you have brought the experience of living in space alive more vividly perhaps than anything I have read before.

    I thank you sincerely for that - and God speed on all your future journeys in life.


    Comment by Paul Grunill — October 1, 2006 @ 9:21 am

  181. salam
    kheili khoshhalam ke be salamat bargashtid
    shoma 1 khanoom movafagh va fogholadeh hastid
    hameh ma be shoma eftekhar mikonim
    montazere movafaghiyat haye badi shoma hastim
    i love you

    Comment by azam — October 1, 2006 @ 9:24 am

  182. Thanks for sharing the experience.

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — October 1, 2006 @ 9:33 am

  183. Hi anousheh ansari

    awesome…. ur expedition, ur story, all about u..
    thank’s God, u have a great talent…

    thank u so much for sharing ur adventure
    made me touched and proud.. u really wonderful woman….

    blessing to u and ur family..

    love, zara

    Comment by zara — October 1, 2006 @ 9:47 am

  184. انوشه عزیز سلام
    وقتی توصیفت از زمین موقع دور شدن از اونو خوندم و آرزویی که کرده بودی ، اشک در چشمانم حلقه زد: می دونی، یه احساس پاک و آرزویی شایسته زمین و انسان .به زمین خوش آمدی

    Comment by ayoub zarei — October 1, 2006 @ 10:04 am

  185. Dear Anousheh,

    I´ve just read your account, all in one go. It has been very inspiring. Thank you.


    Comment by Mariano Giampietri — October 1, 2006 @ 10:04 am

  186. […] Update: Hey, waddya know? Ms. Ansari likes Bob Sinclair: […]

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  187. I am speechless, I am not going to waste my comments trashing you about @ what price it was that you got a seat, I want to thank you for opening peoples eyes, for letting us all have a glimpse into your heart & into what we all have dreamt & yearned to be free. Thank you for the positivity that you found & posibly helped others see for the 1st time, and why being positive is soo crucial in our survival. Our world is in desperate need of more positive free thinking, people that want to change to save this beautiful speck in the galaxy. the only thing I have to compare it to is the feeling when u stare out into the horizon @ any beach and see the vast emptiness and you feel the perspectives shift & realize just how small one person is in the scheme of things, but as you said: “For one its too much, but if we all take part , it can be done!” or something to that effect. I believe you & believe in you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, It is a beautiful wake-up call that you have begun.
    I’m with you all the way miss Anousheh.
    Love, & postivitey will save us all

    Comment by B.T.Busch — October 1, 2006 @ 10:15 am

  188. Thanks for making the flight. Plenty of people have the money, less have the courage, some may have the dedication, but a select few have the ability to so intimately invite the rest of the world along for the ride. You are not the first space tourist, but you have become the one that people will remember.

    Comment by andrew — October 1, 2006 @ 10:23 am

  189. Dear Anousheh,

    I have ambitions to be a big time business person like you. But when I read about your story, I am really inspired and psyched to add the next goal into my life that is to travel to space.


    Comment by Sufri — October 1, 2006 @ 10:26 am

  190. salam Anoushe jan,
    Be zamin khush omadi…ino bedon ke ro kheiliha mesle man tasire mosbat dashti…Omidvaram avvalin mosaferi bashi ke be roye mah forod miad…
    be omide on rouz,
    hichvaght arezohaat ro faramosh nakon,

    Comment by Mohammad A.Baboli — October 1, 2006 @ 10:33 am

  191. That’s my favorite song!!!!That’s great and I’m happy that you have the same idea as I do about this video!
    your FAN: Niloo

    Comment by Niloofar — October 1, 2006 @ 10:40 am

  192. Dear Anousheh
    I really love this song

    Comment by fatemeh — October 1, 2006 @ 10:46 am

  193. سلام انوشه جان
    خوب من هم مثل خیلی های دیگه پس از ماجرای سفرتون با شما آشنا شدم و برام جالبه که بدونم چه چیزی تونسته شما رو در این همه موفقیتهاتون کمک کنه؟
    بیشترش انگیزه شخصی بوده یا ثروت؟
    واقعا برام رازهای موفقیتتون مهمه عزیزم اگه منو از اونها مطلع کنین ممنون می شم
    به امید دیدار

    Comment by مهرداد — October 1, 2006 @ 10:53 am

  194. Dear Anousheh,

    Congratulations on your safe return! I just finished reading all of your blog and watching videos. This is an amazing journey you had and you shared with us by your thoughts and experience. This is so emotional and directly from yours and everyone’s heart that I never felt so much liberated and touched so much about our beloved home earth. I’m certain other cosmonauts and astronauts might have felt and thought like you but did not or could not share the thoughts and experience like you did. You did an amazing job by regular bloging and sharing your videos. Your experience has become every human beings experience by communicating so well. You really traveled on physical and spiritual level. I would just say that you did a remarkable job and hope you will continue to write further chapters and inspire all other’s hidden energy, talents and passionate love we have for earth, galaxy, universe and beyond.

    With warm regard and lot of respect
    Thank you and Congratulations again!

    Comment by Vikram Saini — October 1, 2006 @ 10:56 am

  195. خانم انصاري سلام
    تبريك براي موفقيت شما.
    به اميد پيروزي همه انسانها در عرصه گيتي

    Comment by razi — October 1, 2006 @ 10:57 am

  196. سلام انوشه جان
    نمیدونی الان که دارم واست کامنت میذارم چه حس خوبی دارم. یه حس غرور . اگه تو به ایرانی بودنت افتخار میکنی ما هموطنای تو هم به وجود تو افتخار میکنیم. موفقیتت رو از صمیم قلب بهت تبریک میگم ای کاش همه آدمها زمین رو کوچک میدیدند و عرش الهی رو وسیع مثل اون چیزی که تو اون بالا دیدی. امیدوارم در پناه خداوند بزرگ همیشه سربلند و سلامت باشی.
    ما منتظرتیم
    آدرسو که فراموش نکردی

    Comment by سارا — October 1, 2006 @ 10:58 am

  197. سلام انوشه جان
    نمیدونی الان که دارم واست کامنت میذارم چه حس خوبی دارم. یه حس غرور . اگه تو به ایرانی بودنت افتخار میکنی ما هموطنای تو هم به وجود تو افتخار میکنیم. موفقیتت رو از صمیم قلب بهت تبریک میگم ای کاش همه آدمها زمین رو کوچک میدیدند و عرش الهی رو وسیع مثل اون چیزی که تو اون بالا دیدی. امیدوارم در پناه خداوند بزرگ همیشه سربلند و سلامت باشی.
    ما منتظرتیم
    آدرسو که فراموش نکردی

    Comment by سارا — October 1, 2006 @ 11:00 am

  198. Anousheh Ansari you are fantastic!!! SMACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

    Comment by Blog News24 — October 1, 2006 @ 11:03 am

  199. hi dear anousheh
    you are our honor
    i like it hear every receive their wishes and dreams.
    but you and your dream that you recieve that is our honor.
    not as first famle space journalist or any other.
    i love it that you receive your goal-your biggest goal.
    i have big goals and your story is another clue for me and every body that like to be better.
    we can find every thing we want.if we ask and folloow that in our works and in our mind.
    i have best wishes for you and hope to you do not stop this site-
    you can lead many peoples to find their ways and who are lucky will and god love them will find true way-
    in every religion with out any political limits and wars and …
    we can live in peace and it’s a gift from mercifull god.
    i love it to have a trip to apace and see the god’s power more and more.good 4 you and your family
    i will be happy to have contact with a successfull women in my nation.
    you are our honor-best wishes for you and your family.
    Mohammad Azizi
    “” please publish your all pretty notes in farsi on you website”"

    god bless you

    Comment by MAD1985 — October 1, 2006 @ 11:05 am

  200. Dear Anousheh,
    Salam, Hope you’re fine and everything is OK,
    Congratulation, you really deserve all of this attention,
    I hope you the Best,

    Comment by Mohamadreza — October 1, 2006 @ 11:44 am

  201. biad iran ta vasatoon jshn begirim

    Comment by Ali — October 1, 2006 @ 11:53 am

  202. hi Anousheh
    I would like to say thank you for ‘taking’ us along with you on your space journey, n its kinda sad that now it has ended! with all the stress the the world its been such a long time since i felt this amazing, just sitting on my chair, thinking about all the things u went through in ur space capsule. and most of all i thank u for the inspirition n new hope that u given me.
    have a good ramadhan.

    Comment by Huraira — October 1, 2006 @ 11:54 am

  203. Hello Dear Anousheh
    I’m very proud of you.I had a dream like you,but at first I thought that I can’t.But because of you and because of your reaching to your dream,now I’m sure that “There is no limit to what I can accomplish”.
    thank you,thank you, thank you.
    ya ali,khoda hafeze shoma

    Comment by M.Javad Mohiti — October 1, 2006 @ 11:54 am

  204. Hi Anuosheh jan
    Are you missing space or not? Anousheh i just wanted to tell you some idiots cann`t understand what you`ve done and how you became an inspiriation to all humenbeings so just ignore them and go aheand this is our problems in the earth always there is too many closedmind people that don`t want to learn so just leave them alone and keep being an inspiriation for all of us !
    God bless you shima from tehran/iran

    Comment by shima — October 1, 2006 @ 11:56 am

  205. I am an MSc electronics student, I am living in IRAN. I was not interested in space, I mean I did not know so much about it; it was always difficult to learn star positions in sky! But now I am gonna learn more, and the reason is your effort to touch the sky.
    In last two month I was trying to know more about you, and as you were supposed to go to space I follow the news every day. Your blog was so great. It is full of beauty, you see , Iranians are proud of you.
    I did not write any comment till now. It is my first time. I decided to wait until you come back to the earth. WELCOME BACK !!!
    On of my dreams was, working for NASA! It was only a dream. But I have leaned from you that DREAMS COME TRUE, but the problem is ourselves to believe our dreams or not!
    It might seem rude but I really really like to have an email form you as response to my comment!!!
    [email received]

    Comment by vahid khorramshahi — October 1, 2006 @ 12:07 pm

  206. Dear Anousheh,
    Thank you so much for the wonderful account of your trip. Your recounting of Nelson Mendela’s words reminded me of something I heard many years ago.
    What we are is Gods gift to us.
    But what we make ourselves, is our gift to God.

    You are working on a beautiful gift.
    Ron Weber

    Comment by Ron Weber — October 1, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

  207. سلام خانم انصاری
    موفقیت شما رو از صمیم قلب تبریک میگم
    وقتی که تجربیات سفر شمارو به زبون فارسی خوندم حس خیلی خوبی پیدا کردم به شما افتخار میکنیم وهمه مردم به خصوص ایرانیها باید (خودپسندیه ولی تکرار میکنم باید)
    به شما افتخار کنن
    موفق پیروز و مثل همیشه سربلند باشید
    قربان شما حسن غریب

    Comment by حسن غریب — October 1, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

  208. Hi Anousheh,

    Thanks SO MUCH for your insightful writings and spreading goodwill and peace through your blog. Your work with the X-prize foundation, and of course, your spaceflight will no doubt inspire the current and future generations to learn about science and to look beyond the traditional boundaries that hold us all back (nationality, gender, religion…).

    Thanks for sharing your journey - it certainly has inspired me!

    Best wishes, sincere thanks and keep up the good work!


    Comment by Greg — October 1, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

  209. Dear Mrs.Anousheh
    I am a women live in mashhad , I am very happy to heard your trip to orbit & return with safety , please send me your comments about this beautiful trip . your description about the earth was very lovly & true .
    please write me are you well ? i heard a lot of cosmonaut after return isnt well because can not confirm his body condition with others . I am worried you will be sick .
    nice to freindship you .

    Comment by Manizheh — October 1, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

  210. Dear Anousheh,

    First, Welcome back!
    I am very happy for you that you have fulfilled a life long dream. This is a luxury that only a few can achieve and i know that you are very thankful for it. As an Egyptian, and an Arab I feel very proud to be somehow related to you. You give a bright example that there are good people everywhere and people like you can make our earth a better place.
    Stay beautiful and positive as you are.

    Ahmed from Egypt

    Comment by Ahmed Bassiouni — October 1, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

  211. Hi dear Anousheh,
    I did it, those are very fantastic and interesting videos actually !

    Best of luck,

    Comment by Babak — October 1, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

  212. Hello dear Mrs. Ansari
    I hope that you had a great trip to space and have enjoyed it a lot.
    I really hope that you can read this comment.
    You were in the sky when I waz thinking abot you a lot one night and I fond it out that you have really worked hard to go to space and finally your dream has came true.
    I thought about your talks that “I want to show all young people specially women and girls all around the world that dreams can come true.”
    Then I though that my dream can come true too and I will be successful like the person who I love a lot: Anousheh Ansari!
    And I thought that I really love you because you wanted and you could. Tahat is fantastic!
    I write from Yazd in Iran and I am really happy that I see an Iranian Muslim woman could show all the world that all Iranian people can be really successful.
    please, please, please read this and find out that I really love you and all the time think about you and think about me just for a moment.
    A thirteen year old girl from Yazd:

    Comment by sima — October 1, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

  213. Dear Anusheh ,

    I finished your 2 last blogs now ,

    I want say , really you are a very very good writer ,
    I write sometimes amateury & I read alot …
    I ‘m sure if you begin your book in next 6 manths it will be the best seller in all world !
    I bet !
    Please try it , and write your book with details as in your blog ,
    till this time nobody , no one of astronauts have written a book with all of details ,
    from other hand your description about every thing is really beatiful ,I felt all you have felt , and I saw every thing you have seen which you have written in your blogs … THANKS SO MUCH YOU GAVE ALL OF READER A CHANCE TO EXPRIENCE ALL OF THESE ,

    Congratulatin on your tallent in writing !
    and you have pretty personality , your character is obviouse of your writings and your taughts ,

    love you so much

    till this time you were one person who really I love to see one day at USA , cause of , xprize , and your travel to space …
    but really I’m sure in future you will be a great writer …
    So I love to meet this great writer one day ;)

    I’m really waiting to read your book , word by word ….

    PLZ , begin your book ,
    PLZ ..

    Thanks ,

    one of your future book reader ;)


    Comment by Zari — October 1, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

  214. بسیار خوشحالم که توانستی تحولی بزرگ در فکر سایرین به وجود بیاوری تو مصداق شعر تصور کن سیاوش قمیشی هستی

    Comment by ali — October 1, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

  215. واقعا غرور آفرین بود خانم انصاری
    فقط همین رو میتونم بگم…


    Comment by Hamid1000 — October 1, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

  216. Dear Anousheh,

    Welcome back to Terra Firma!

    You and your fellow private space travellers are true pioneers and trailblazers showing the way into outer space for all humanity. I maybe an old man before I can make the trip, but if I can afford it I will. Surely, our children and grandchildren will benefit greatly from private space travel in ways we cannot conceive of today.

    Thank you so much!

    John D Infidel

    Comment by John D Infidel — October 1, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

  217. Welcome Home!

    Comment by Wanda — October 1, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

  218. There is wonderful quotation from GOETHE; He says:
    Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. The true example is Anousheh. She touched the magic by her boldness. It would be happen for everyone without any hesitation. So dare it and begin whatever you dream right now.

    Hamid / Tehran

    Comment by Hamidreza Afshari — October 1, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

  219. There is wonderful quotation from GOETHE; He says:
    Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. The true example is Anousheh. She touched the magic by her boldness. It would be happen for everyone without any hesitation. So dare it and begin whatever you dream right now.

    Hamid / Tehran

    Comment by Hamidreza Afshari — October 1, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

  220. Hi Anousheh

    Thank God you arrived back safely.

    We look forward to your ‘ongoing thoughts and benefits’ of this experience. I am confident it will be for the good of humanity.

    John A. - Canada

    Comment by John A. Forbes — October 1, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

  221. Dear Anousheh:
    Welcome home. Our warm hearts are with you now hugging you. Words cannot express your recent experience. For myself, an old space hand, ham radio guy, I well know the joy you feel. I guess your are sort of coming down from the ultimate. Doesn’t get much better than this now does’nt it? I know the feeling well. I’ve been there. Once upon a time I designed a small space shuttle payload (part of STP-1) that flew on STS-39. With my own hand I touched “Discovery”. And then watched it work perfect at GSGC. Many long tales to share. Your future is so bright. We are so proud of you.
    73 & 88s Dana

    Comment by Dana Tremblay — October 1, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

  222. Dear Anousheh Ansari;
    Your lift up to space was a lift up of hope and inspiration not only for all Iranian/American women but also for Iranian women in Iran. At the era that every bad thing that happens has been linked to Iran and the Iranian nation it is so glorifying to hear that an Iranian/American woman has done something that no other woman has ever accomplished. My sisters and I also have a dream, a dream to accomplish something that no other Iranian/American has accomplished before. We have a dream of playing and winning Wimbledon, Sometimes due to our struggle and all that our family has gone through we feel like giving up. But when we see people like you, we get more energized, more inspired, and we feel it’s worth making it and reaching that dream, not only for our selves but like you, by giving encouragement to other Iranian women. Perhaps we could be like you by lighting a candle of hope and inspiration not only for other Iranian/American women but also for women inside Iran. Today my sisters and I salute to you and your accomplishment, and we salute to the proudness that you brought to our hearts and we hope that you pray for us also, pray that we won’t fail in our impossible dream and that we won’t fail in our mission. Thank you for lifting our hearts and spirits as high as the journey that you went on. Now that you lit the torch I hope we can keep the fire going.
    Naseem Eslami

    Comment by Naseem Eslami — October 1, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  223. Im very very glad that you reached to your wishes.
    I have never riched to my wish .

    Comment by Nader — October 1, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

  224. Wow!! Anousheh, You prove Sky is the limit…for women, for technology, for blogging.
    I envy you and your kind.
    Wish you more heights of prideful moments, i.e if there are any.
    Love your spirit.You go gal !

    Comment by Ragini — October 1, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  225. Wow! Anousheh, That was a great feat.
    You prove to the world that sky is the limit….for women, for technology, for blogging.
    I envy you.
    You made so many of us proud.
    I wish you even more heights in moments of pride, i.e. if there are is any. :)
    Love your spirit.
    You go gal!

    Comment by Ragini — October 1, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

  226. You are in my mind for ever! you changed my life.thanks

    Comment by hooman — October 1, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

  227. Anousheh, you are an inspiration to everyone on this unstable earth. You showed that a female can cross boundaries and be role model to millions who are repressed. You showed that one can attain their goals and realize their dreams which gives hope to many more millions.
    Thank you!

    Comment by Diane — October 1, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

  228. Your blog has truly get people from all over the world to get together and share your amazing experience. We hope that the world will be a much more peaceful place and many more people will think and start doing something in their own way for peace on earth.

    Togap & Lina

    Comment by Togap & Lina from Indonesia — October 1, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

  229. Anousheh! We all love you. Perhaps your story is the most inspiring than all we ever read.

    Comment by Khurram — October 1, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

  230. Tears are falling down my face again.You did it.What so many other world leaders and governments couldn’t do.We believe the sincerity in what you typed to us and how it really really feels to be free.I want my kids to experience that for real,I’ll settle for the 2006 experience you gave us. Thank You so Much We really needed this.It should not be underestimated. One Love Rasta

    Comment by Rasta Geary Taylor — October 1, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

  231. Hi
    Dear Space Woman
    I`m so glad that you can break the lines and now we can see you over our worlds.
    I use worlds,we all have our world.one for you that make it in this way and all worlds for every man-kind.
    It`s so good that every one see your desires and how you design your world!
    Welcome Home Mrs.Ansari

    Comment by Hanif — October 1, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

  232. salam Anoushe khanoom, khuda ra shokr ke in safar be sehhat va salamat anjaam shod, besiyar khosh-haalim va be jorat va jesarat-e khanoom-e Irani mesl-e shoma tabrik migooieem, shoma mayeh-ye mobahat-e mellat-e Iran hastid va kari ke doulat-ha az anjamesh aajez boodand ra be khoobi anjam dadid, omidvarim hamishe va dar hammeh ja ba eftekhaar zendegi konid va zendegi-ye movafaghi ra bish az pish dashteh bashid.

    Comment by Afshin — October 1, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

  233. Ba salam va tabrik be abbar “ghahremane melli” Iran.


    Comment by Said Ahadi — October 1, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

  234. (with tears in my eyes)

    THANK YOU !!! You have warmed my Heart as well as millions of others! You TRULEY are an ANGEL among the Stars !!!

    may the FORCE be with you too !

    Comment by Antonio — October 1, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

  235. Beautiful quote, however, Marianne Williamson wrote it.

    Comment by Eccles — October 1, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

  236. I am very glad you returned safely to earth. But $ 20 million dollars spent in this manner does not set a good example to young women or millionaires anywhere. I understand you wanted to be a space tourist. Your romantic writing has touched us all. I truly did find that remarkable, your courage and your drive. These are admirable qualities. But there are so many people who could have benefitted from that money, this is what I find disturbing. $ 20 million could have built schools, fed the poor, clothed the sick, the elderly, those dying… so many have commented on this aspect. Perhaps you might use your newfound celebrity to some philanthropic use in future. If this had been your goal, congratulations, however, your first stepping stone should have started with others, not yourself. God bless your courage, however, and may you learn your lessons from this experience.

    Comment by Iris — October 1, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

  237. Congratulations:

    Now may I suggest you do something really worthwhile with your celebrity. Go to Iran as a good-will ambassador. Try to extablish a dialog for understanding. Work for peace.

    Comment by Marc — October 1, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

  238. I hope to see the Eslami sisters (comment #181) win Wimbledon, and I’ll be there to cheer two of you in the final. What a shame that other Iranian/American, Andre Agassi, is not proud enough of his heritage to advertise it!

    Comment by Kaveh — October 1, 2006 @ 5:12 pm

  239. Anousheh,

    Now that you have safely returned, I dearly hope that the many people that have been reading your messages and making the hopeful comments will continue the pay close attention to the thoughts for hope and peace. Please continue your posts even now that you are back.

    Warm Regards.

    Comment by Alan — October 1, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

  240. Anousheh,

    If you look back into history you will find that the greatest people are those that inspire greatness in others. I have read your blog and your comments and can see the inspiration you have given so many. I think your greatest accomplishment is not the journey you have just taken, but those that others will take because of you. The world is a far better place because you are in it, thank you.

    Comment by Bill Belshaw — October 1, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

  241. Anousheh,

    Thank you for all your support of imagination and exploration! I have really enjoyed reading and watching the words and images of your adventure.

    And, FYI, the quote you have reproduced is not from Nelson Mandela (although it is often attributed to him) It is from Marianne Williamson’s book “Return to Love”.

    Best regards,


    Comment by Marcie B. — October 1, 2006 @ 5:38 pm

  242. salam anusheh , omidvaram oon bala khosh gozashte bashe behet, be ma tarif mikoni ke oonja chetori bood? mano mitooni oonja befresti? mikham oonjaro bebinam.

    Comment by narek — October 1, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

  243. If NASA is smart they will setup a competition to send blogging student space participants up on Ares I/Orion to the ISS. If they are really smart they’ll make the competition international.

    Comment by James, Mountain View, CA — October 1, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

  244. Anousheh joon,

    I missed the space as you came back :((

    Comment by Fatemeh — October 1, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

  245. salam anousheh khanoom :
    in bare 7th aqst ke aram aratun minevisam
    omiarem in bar movafagh besham….kheilykhoshhal hoam ke be salamat foru umadid …
    be omide un roozi ke shomaro dar iran va be khosus dar MASHHAD


    Comment by Behzad — October 1, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

  246. welcome home, Anousheh!

    great work up there! what a rare opportunity you now have before you… one that very very few people ever have…

    i share your vision… please make the most of it…

    our planet depends upon people like you…

    best regards!


    Comment by leyman — October 1, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

  247. It was truly amazing to read your blogs over these past few days. I had a fire in me that I was following, but over the past few years it seems to be fading. That is, until I read your blogs. How inspiring you are. I now feel compelled to take life by the horns again and to not let go ever again! Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. Cheers!

    Comment by Tina — October 1, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

  248. It was truly amazing to read your blogs over these past few days. Like you, I had a fire in me that I was following, but over the past few years it has seemed to fade. That is, until I read your blogs. How inspiring you are. I now feel compelled to take life by the horns again and to not let go ever again! Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. Cheers!

    Comment by Tina — October 1, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

  249. Dear Anousheh
    I’m 21 year old Iranian girl. When I was little I always had the same dream as you had. I have alot to tell, but I’m ganna summarize it all in this:
    what you’ve done is like a dream to me it’s fantastice, unbelivable, incredible, can’t be described in words. We all love you and you made all Iranians sooo proud… And you know what?!!! you’re my role model.

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

  250. I refrained from writing this whole time, prefering to soak up your beautiful images… the little personal details you gave made us all feel a bit like we had gone to space as well.

    But I guess I want to tell you that although what you have done is truly exceptional, it is who you are that is wonderous. Your adventure, inspiration, and philanthropy aside… it was your shining human soul that touched us.

    Comment by JahSun — October 1, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

  251. سلام خانوم انصاری….
    خیلی خوشحالم که میتونم از ته دل بازگشتتونو تبریک بگم…
    نمی دونی وقتی که قرار بود بری برات چقدر دعا کردم….چقدر حمد و سوره خوندم و البته نگران بودم….
    همیشه به سایت و وبلاگت سر میزدم….
    عبور ایستگاه فضایی در صبح شنبه رو هم تماشا کردم….فقط به خاطر شما…
    اینم بگم که شما واقعا منو متحول کردین…
    نمیدونم با چه زبونی بگم دوستتون دارم…چیزی تو دلمه که اصلا قابل بیان نیست….
    وقتی برگشتی دلم اروم گرفت…همه عکساتم سیو کردم….
    به امید روزی که بتونم همچون شما موفق باشم و دل خیلیا رو شاد کنم….
    و به امید روزی که بتونم شما رو ملاقات کنم…..
    همیشه موفق و افتخار افرین باشیدو همیشه ماجراجو و نترس…..
    خداحافظی برام سخته ولی……خداحافظ و به امید دیدار…..

    Comment by behnam sadeghi — October 1, 2006 @ 6:42 pm

  252. Hi Anousheh e azizam,

    Welocme back honey. I am always proud of you. You really inspired me to think of what is the meaning of life. I will be the next one honey. I always wish you the best in your life. I am proud of you… you did a great great job. WOW!

    Comment by malahat — October 1, 2006 @ 6:48 pm

  253. Hi Anousheh,

    I just have question, what was the temperature outside the ISS? was it hot?
    How the astronauts are connected to the station during the space walk? is there any cable connecting them to the sation? I know there is no danger of “Falling down”, but they may float around.

    Comment by Js — October 1, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

  254. Hi Anousheh,

    Welcome back! I’ve enjoyed reading about your trip. You dreamed of traveling into space and you did it. The time, effort, and money doesn’t matter. What matters is that you followed your dream. You are an inspiration to everyone who dares to dream! I also agree with you that we should all work together to improve our lives here on earth. We also share the same birthday.

    I love the quote from Marianne Williamson. Here is a quote from The Upanishads that I want to share with you.

    “As large as the universe outside, even so large is the universe within the heart. Within it are heaven and earth, the sun, the moon, and all the stars.”

    Peace, love and happiness to you!

    Comment by Ken — October 1, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

  255. Dear Anoushe
    I have no words to tell you how much we, Iranian women, proud to you,you are wonder full,you are really unique,Im trying to be unique,of course not in the world,but in Iran,thank god I’m successfull in my field,hope to see you.
    sincerely yours

    Comment by Sarah — October 1, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

  256. ba salame mojadad be khedmate khanoome ansarye aziz vaghean az bazgashte movafaghyat amize shoma be zamin khoshhalam va be shoma tabrik arz mikonam va arezooye movafaghyat dar tamame zaminehaye zendegi ra baraye shoma minamayam dar zemn ta yadam narafte man vaghean majzoobe shakhsyate valaye shoma shode am va be jorat mitavanam begooyam ke az in pas shoma va eradeye pooladinetan ra sarmashghe tamame karhaye zendegiam khaham namood hamishe be weblogetan sar khaham zad va nazar midaham bedanid ke ta akhare omram shoma ra az yad nakhaham bord bye

    Comment by peyman — October 1, 2006 @ 7:49 pm

  257. salam anoushe joon
    kheili khoshhalam ke salem bargashtin.hameye ma irani ha behetoon eftekhar mikonim

    Comment by sepideh — October 1, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

  258. Hi Anousheh,

    I believe it’s important to learn. Learning is a God given quality we all possess and should use to help our world. I believe people have a misconseption of what we do and have to sacrifice. Our explorations have taught us so much throughout history. Great minds, driven by raw passion for a great cause have devoted their lives and have benefit mankind in many ways.

    You have great drive and a pioneering spirit fueled by a purpose for mankind and not yourself. Thank you for this and thank you for inspiring us!!!!!!!

    Keep on bloggin!!!

    Pat Freeman
    West Chester, PA

    Comment by screamin75 — October 1, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

  259. Dear Anousheh Ansari

    You are world honour specially Iranian girl,I work in Pasteur Institue, I wish I were good researcher ,after your great work, I decide continue it, you are good pattern for youngs.

    Best wishes

    Naghmeh Abbasi

    Comment by Naghmeh Abbasi — October 1, 2006 @ 8:24 pm

  260. Asalamalaykum, What you have done is impressive and very ambitious, but this how I see it: God blessed you and tested you by giving you alot more wealth than others, and you used it to fulfil your desire, which is fair. To me thats very selfish. I dont know how many orphans you could feed and help raise with that amount of money, what was it around 10 millions I guess or more?
    You could use that money to earn a permanant place in Heaven, and yet you chose to settle for just a stupid trip with non mahrem men to float around in space. Not worth it!!!
    I am a US citizen and I wish I had that much money so I could help the poor muslims of Palestine, Bosnia, Afganistan, Iraq, Kashmir, and Iran, in this holy month of Ramadan.

    I dont want you to feel bad but I just wish you’ld realize God tests us by giving us too much wealth or by giving us too little of it. And I feel you didnt make the right choice. And I sincerely hope you ll increase your wealth by trading with Allah and by donating to charities for orphans.

    Rest is up to you

    Comment by Sara — October 1, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

  261. با سلام مجدد
    انوشه عزيز
    با تشكر از آنچه تا كنون نوشته اي واقعا با عث افتخار ما هستي.
    مي خواستم بگويم كه در اين وبلاگ احساس ميكنم كه بعد از سالها گمگشته اي از وطنم را دوباره يافته ام.
    جايي كه علم و زحمت و انسانيت و معنويت احساس مي شود. و زندگي به تظاهر و تزوير و ادعا و ثروت خلاصه نمي شود.
    اينجا دلالي و دزدي منزلت نيست..
    ممنون از تو و احترام من به خانواده اي كه جنين معيار هاي والايي را در تو برورانه اند كه تو آنرا به ما برميگرداني.
    از خواند نوشته سايرين هم واقعا لذت مي برم.
    زنده باد ايران و ايراني

    Comment by حميرا — October 1, 2006 @ 9:16 pm

  262. درود خانم انصاری
    من انگلیسی بلدما! اما بزارین به پارسی بنویسم که به زمین خوش اومدی.
    خیلی خوش اومدی راستی اگه بخوای برای ما ایرانیا بگی فضا چه بویی می داد چه تشبیهی می کنی؟

    Comment by Mohsen Fathizade — October 1, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

  263. You have a lot to be proud of in your life for sure, but to stand on the shoulders of giants propped up by your money is hardly a way to change the world. Hope is a powerful emotion capable of motivating people to do great things; I don’t see the fact of you paying for a trip to space as instilling hope in itself, but I do await to see what you do with the awe that it has given you.

    Comment by Nasi — October 1, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

  264. Dear Ms. Ansari,

    Congratulations on your history-making trip and thank you for your inspiring words and reflections.

    As a spinal specialist physiotherapist in Australia I am very aware of the effects on micro-gravity on the human musculoskeletal system. Specifically, with more than one week in space the body loses correct co-ordination of the deep stability muscles which predisposes to painful musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. low back pain). The correct coordination of these muscles does not return with strength, fitness or core-stability training back on earth.

    This has been well researched by my colleagues Dr. Carolyn Richardson, Dr. Paul Hodges and Dr. Julie Hides, via the NASA research centre the Netherlands and at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

    Please get in touch if you are interested in the deep stability muscle re-training methods that have been developed by the physiotherapy department at the University of Queensland for restoring a healthy musculoskeletal system after space travel.

    I wish you all the best.

    Michael Ridgway.

    Comment by Michael Ridgway — October 1, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

  265. dorod bar shoma khanom ansari…
    …………………………..tamame iranian

    Comment by mehdi — October 1, 2006 @ 10:06 pm

  266. Each word reperesent a world in us, there is no thing impossible, I believe in it.BUT YOU NEED SOME ….
    not any thing in extera.
    Dear Anoushe,
    do you really thing there are many things diffrent with you?

    Comment by Samaneh — October 1, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

  267. Khanom Anousheh,

    Man farsi ghaylee kam vahmidam…
    Moshallah!! Ghaylee ghob!!

    I am so in awe of your exploits and the wonderful technology that enables us all to have had an insight into your days spent in space and, of course, that the former got you there!
    Initially I was a little critical of this adventure and the $$$ spent thinking it could’ve been better to put it to another more urgent cause (of which there are many), but I am very impressed by your achievement.

    Silly question time: Did you ever have a moment akin to E.T.’s “Phone Home” feeling?

    Are you Baha’i? I ‘feel’ you to be of that religion due to the way you express yourself. I have known many Iranian baha’is.

    Good luck and welcome back! ;-)

    - Karen

    Comment by karma — October 1, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

  268. Dear Anousheh:

    I’m just gonna call you “Annie”, like Ray’s wife in the movie “Field of Dreams”, if that’s OK with you.
    Annie, welcome home. You’ve done well. But there is more…
    Now that you’ve gotten a taste of space, you’re going to have to readjust to life on Earth. This can be difficult. Have you ever heard of a musical duo called Boy Meets Girl? They had one hit song in 1988, “Waiting For A Star To Fall”, but they recorded a song for their unreleased album “New Dream” called “Flying The Cosmos”. There is a verse in there that certainly applies to you:
    “How do I walk with wings?”
    Astronauts do sometimes experience a form of depression after returning home. It’s something that you’ll have to watch out for. If you find yourself staring into space every time the night sky is clear, or dreaming about your time on station and waking up in tears, remember what I’ve said.
    Pay no mind to the hurtful comments of some. Unfortunately for me, no amount of money could buy me a seat with the Russians, because I am too big and heavy. NASA isn’t in the business of selling seats on the Shuttle, so I suppose I’ll have to wait for my next life and do better in math.
    You will be in good company. I watched as STS-115 pilot Brent Jett sadly announced that this would be his final flight, that he’s ready to move on, but deep inside, after four flights he’s going to miss it deeply.
    There are things I can tell you, and you’ll wonder how I know. Feel free to e-mail me anytime you’d like. I always answer.
    Your descriptions have been very good, as you’ve been able to describe many of the sensations and emotions in terms most everyone can understand.
    I wonder if there have ever been any Slovaks in space…

    All the best,

    Comment by Dave Hromanik — October 1, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

  269. It must have been an amazing journey and you are a encouragement to all to pursue your dreams no matter the obstacles. I wish you the best.

    Comment by Dave — October 1, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

  270. Ur messages are alwaysssssssssssss touching ! no matter whether ur in the blue sky or green earth! Love U Irandokht. GOD BLESS U IN WHATEVER U DO.

    Nafi3 >>18>> U.K

    Comment by Nafiseh — October 1, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

  271. Anousheh, thank you for this profoundly entertaining and interesting blog.

    Comment by Grace Zabriskie — October 2, 2006 @ 12:05 am

  272. Anousheh,

    I just want to say that I’ve glad to have met and worked with you many years ago, in Reston, VA (MCI Labs, CSIV). It’s great to see how you’ve attained your goals (most, if not all). Good luck in your future endevours!


    Comment by Reggie Forster — October 2, 2006 @ 1:07 am

  273. Hello,

    I read the quote and I had heard that same one in the movie “Akeelah and the Bee”. I sent it out to people, giving Nelson Mandela credit like you did. The thing is, someone corrected me and said that Nelson Mandela is not the correct author of that quote. Actually it is - Marianne Williamson. You may want to check this yourself and if it is true, give the proper person credit. Who ever it is, it is a wonderful quote.

    Comment by capnsaveemm — October 2, 2006 @ 2:27 am

  274. Regarding Sara’s comment (250), your challenge now is to take what you have done to yet another level and allow a great deal of good to come from it–more than would have been possible if you had simply given to charity. You now have a privileged position to do something even more spectacular than travelling to space.

    Congratulations on having fulfilled your dream. May your future endeavors find blessing!

    Comment by Deacon DW — October 2, 2006 @ 3:00 am

  275. Anousheh,

    Shoama baaes eftekhareh hameh iraniha hasteed. Khodavand hamisheh yar o panaheh shoma basheh; va hamisheh arezooha shoma ra baravardeh bokoneh.

    J’ai beaucoup admire votre voyage vers l’espace. J’espere qu’un jour de meme on puisse tous revisiter vos reves et y voyager joyeusement!

    Your blogs from up there really touched me. Now I won’t abandon my dreams; but I pursue them with my all my heart!

    Mehrdad (san jose, california)

    Comment by mehrdad — October 2, 2006 @ 4:49 am

  276. Unbelievable. according to UNDP report:
    1- More than 3 billion people live with less than 2 dollar a day.
    2- More than 1.2 billion people live with less than 1 dollar a day.
    3-the wealth of 3 richest men of the world is more than all the people who live in 45 developing countries.
    4- …
    Now add to these:
    a vain woman spend 20 million dollar to have a trip in the space

    Are we feel any responsibility against the human being?

    I am really angry. ok you are the first female tourist of the space. whats up? what did you do for the others? dont be proud please. you lose the game… you are not winner!

    Comment by Morteza — October 2, 2006 @ 4:57 am

  277. Dear Mrs Ansari hi,
    Welcome back to earth . I really admire your courage .
    We are proud of you as a compatriot. We would be more than happy to read about your wonderful experience. I thank you for sharing all the detail with us we enjoy reading your diary.
    Take care

    Comment by Taraneh — October 2, 2006 @ 4:59 am

  278. Anoushronaut!

    Comment by Helton Bare — October 2, 2006 @ 6:30 am

  279. خانم انوشه انصاری عزیز
    مفتخریم از بازگشت شما به خانه. مانیز همچون شما این احساس را که سفر به فضا چه گونه می باشد و چه حسی را دارد داشتیم. خدا را شاکریم که فردی برازنده همچون شما به فضا پا گذاشت و تلاش کردید این احساس را با ما به اشتراک بگذارید. خرسندیم و ممنونیم که با این سفرتان ما را نیز به آرزوی دیرنه امان که همچون شعله آتشی در درون ما از کودکی شعله ور بود هر چند کم رسیدیم.
    دوباره بازگشتتان را به زمین تبریک می گوییم و اگر د رEmailهای قبلی ام متن انگلسی ارسالی دارای اشکال لغوی فراوان بود عذر می خواهم. منتظر تصاویر بسیار زیبای شما از زندگی در ایستگاه فضائی هستیم.

    دوستدار شما
    ناصر و شهناز

    Comment by naser abdolzade — October 2, 2006 @ 6:38 am

  280. Anousheh

    Once more you have proven to all that, “more important than
    knowledge, is ones imagination” and that the best is yet to

    Whomever said (the future is not ours to see) was mistaken since you have firmly established that dreams accompanied by hard work characterized by enthusiasm can take us any where….even the star.

    I have spoken to a lot of women in Iran and truly they are all mesmerized and enticed by you, which is a very good thing and must not stop!!!

    You are our hero and a symbol of all good things and if, “the world a stage and all men and women merely players”….then I must say that you have surpassed your role.

    May you always have the energy to fulfill your dreams, which I have this strange feeling that this is only the beginning.

    More power to you.


    Comment by Hamid — October 2, 2006 @ 7:27 am

  281. you are an inspiration for many many peolpe around the world.

    welcome to Earth Anoushe

    Comment by Ata — October 2, 2006 @ 7:37 am

  282. Dear Ms. Ansari,

    Last night I wrote comment which was respectful but ciritical of your endeavor. From its absence here, I conclude that I must have disturbed your mental comfort in the knowledge that you are on top of the world. Let me repeat the essence of what I have said: Nelson Mandela in quoting another woman’s words did not have an self aggrandizing enndeavor by a millioner in mind. I bet he would be the first one who would think of how many African or Iranian children could be fed with $20 million. May I suggest an inner journey for the next frontier?


    Bekir L. Yildirim

    Comment by Bekir L. Yildirim — October 2, 2006 @ 11:08 am

  283. We’d like to extend an offer for Mrs. Ansari to be a guest on our upcoming PeaceMakers News Hour in NYC on 11/1/06, in association with www.goodnewsbroadcast.com. Please contact me at this email for more information.

    Comment by Patrick Michaels — October 2, 2006 @ 11:28 am

  284. May I comment on the angry man, Morteza (comment #275). The American-Iranian community is huge, and extremely rich - it is estimated that 1 out of 5 people in Beverly Hills is Iranian. They are spending money like confetti, on trivial luxuries. But they are not visible. Most have changed their first name (e.g. Jimmy Delshad, vice Mayor of the area) unlike Anousheh who is proud of her heritage.

    Anousheh has inspired millions, including myself. This is not just a trip up to space and back. It’s more than that…

    Look at it another way. $20m is equivalent to 2 hours of American spending on the Iraq war. Which $20m is better spent?

    Comment by kaveh — October 2, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

  285. “It’s something unpredictable
    yet in the end it’s right,
    I hope you had the time of your life.”

    In these insane “Us vs. Them” times there is no one better suited than an Iranian American Moslem woman entrepreneur to remind us of the truly important things.

    Welcome back Anousheh, and thank you for everything.

    Comment by daydreamer — October 2, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

  286. Don’t you think people are attaching to much importance to you. You are not exactly a scientist or astronaut…ur just a rich space traveller.

    U could have put the same money to better use.

    What did u really achieve by space travel? I mean how has this contributed in any sense to make this world a better place? Do tell.


    Comment by Mamur Mustapha — October 2, 2006 @ 1:56 pm

  287. As I read about your adventure in space it brings tears to my eyes. You go my Iranian sister, you have made us all proud.

    Thank you

    Comment by Kambiz — October 2, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

  288. Regarding posts #282 and #286, I can understand in which society you have grown up, your culture is against women, keeps them at home and nothing else..Anousheh is an IT specialist, she has carried out many technical projects you can never understand. As an engineer I appreciate her knowledge and experience. Yes, she showed us women can reach to the sky, when they are developed in open and modern societies.
    She was successful in transferring her message.

    Comment by Ann — October 2, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

  289. Hi

    It sounds so awsome to go into space. Some day I wish I could go up into space too. It looks so cool. It sounds loike you had a lot of fun. So welcome back to Earth!


    Comment by Jessica — October 2, 2006 @ 4:27 pm

  290. It is really amazing to me to read a few comments here & there criticizing Anoushe’s accomplishment. We just don’t learn, do we?!!! U DO NOT need to be rich to help the needy & poor people on this earth. You, all of u who are screaming @ Anoushe because with hard work she has earned her $$$, did u know that u can help the poor yourself? With only $20 bucks a month (even less money is appreciated), u can help the starving people in Africa, u can help the Cancer Foundations for kids & U can help the Homeless people (AND MANY MANY MORE)? Are u all doing that? Again, stop judging people. Pickup a mirror & take a look @ yourself, then accuse others. I hope this message is read by the ONE’s who are being bitter with Anoushe’s success. Before I go, maybe this is YOUR mission in life to be helping the poor people on this earth so why don’t u guys do something about it. Work hard, educate yourself, sacrifice your life and family and then once u have become what u wanted to be, start helping people that are in need.
    Anoushe dear, please pardon me again to use yr blog to reply back to some bitter people!!! YOU ARE AN AMAZING WOMAN. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

    With regards,

    Comment by shideh — October 2, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

  291. Regarding message#288:


    How are you able to tell, what type of scoieies we rae grown up in? Did they teach you that in Engineering School? I did my graduate work in enigineering at the number one grad. school in its field inthe US, bu was not able get your skill. And my ex-wife was a memve of the parliament.

    Not only do you fail to display the objectrive anlysis of facts, you also seem to have a serious comprehension deficit. My message contained nothing of Ms. Ansari’s sex. It questioned the morality an wiosdom of her mission.

    Maybe you should quit your day-job and get into a field where your mind-reading talents may com handy. I am aware of her engineering achievements, thank you. I seriously doubt you have any.

    Comment by Bekir L. Yildirim — October 2, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

  292. Although it’s not my business to defend Mrs. Ansari (as she is more than capable of doing that herself), I like to add that she has been trying hard to portray a positive image of our planet Earth. I am sure just like the rest of us, she likes to see poverty and wars eliminated from the face of the Earth, as she has indicated in her eloquent writings. But can she do all that by herself? there is no way! her 20 million dollars is not nearly enough for any such undertakings. It takes all of humanity to rescue our planet from a gloomy downfall. Just look at how countries are spending in excess of many billions of dollars on their military industrial complexes and war machines. If only that money could be spent on providing economic prospertiy, scientific research, environmental clean up and education for impoverished countries, children around the world would never have to go to bed hungry.

    Maybe through her efforts the children of tomorrow can have a much better image of our world than we do. My 2 year old daughter might be too young to read Anousheh’s writings but someday I will share them with her so she knows that there is hope. For that I should thank Anousheh.

    How many millionaires do you find who tell you they cried when they saw our “beautiful blue Earth rotating so peacefully without any borders”? There were 4 other “space tourists” before her, all spending the same amount of money to go up there. No disrespect to them but they were never scrutinized for taking that trip to space! Why? the answer is simple! they never bothered to reach out to the rest of us.

    I hope we all try to keep this blog as a “launch pad” and a positive reminder that not only we can change this world for the better, but it’s our duty to do so.

    Keep up the good work Anousheh. You are an inspiration to many.

    Comment by Tourang — October 2, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

  293. salam. Man kheili khoshalam ke avalin touriste faza irooni hast. Shoma hameye iraniyaro proud kardi. Man alan 14 salame va mese to hamishe arezoom hast ke yebar beram be faza vali hey fek mikonam ke hich vakht nemitoonam bereinke hich rahi nist. Vali ageh kheili delam mikhat beram faza man hameye effort hamo mikonam ta betoonam. Merci khodafez

    Comment by niloofar — October 2, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

  294. Anousheh,

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience with us. My daughters (14 & 12) have read all your posts and have been inspired and touched by them. You make all of us proud.


    Comment by Babak (Arlington, VA) — October 2, 2006 @ 7:38 pm

  295. Anousheh,

    Congratulations! Not only did you succeed in overcoming language and cultural barriers to create a fabulous life for yourself in the United States, you succeeded in building a very profitable business in a highly competitive market. Beyond that, you succeeded in demonstrating your personal strength through your willingness to share a private experience with anyone on the internet. Thank you!

    You are right that we all have a duty to each other and our planet. Yes, many have argued that the money you paid would be better spent feeding the children of Darfur tomorrow. However, one could also argue that without better opportunities and resources for all, there will be a never ending list of Darfurs for the generations to come. We need the limitless resources of space to provide those opportunities for all and to ensure that the growing population and energy challenges do not degrade half the planet into the Darfurs of tomorrow.

    For those who also believe it is our duty to act now for the generations to come, there are a number of organizations working to make the resources of space accessible to all, such as:

    Space Frontier Foundation (www.space-frontier.org)
    XPrize (www.xprize.org)
    ProSpace (www.prospace.org)
    National Space Society (www.nss.org)
    Space Access (www.space-access.org)

    Thank you again for being willing to put yourself into the spotlight and becoming such a fabulous space ambassador!

    Comment by K. Cusick — October 2, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  296. I respect the counter-point made in comment #292, as opposed to uninformed, preconceived notion expressed in 288. Certainly Ms. Anousheh is capable of defending herself if she sees necessary. Nobody, including myself made an issue of he sex or where she came from. My criticism applies to all space tourists or the underlying philosphy. It is but one view. Least we should expect who may not agree with mine, is not to substitute their prejuduces as to the holders of other points of view in plac of those expressed.

    I wish Ms. Ansari well, and would love an opportunuity to communicate with he directly.

    Comment by Bekir L. Yildirim — October 2, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  297. Hi Anousheh

    I’m proud of you…

    Comment by Massoud — October 2, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

  298. Comment #1 by Homarnoch — September 30, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

    WoW ! I’m impressed… Even on military base in Iraq you are reading this blog… I would be curious to read some of your personal sentiments and impressions of the world around you…

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

  299. Comment by Naseem Eslami — October 1, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

    Dear Naseem, With all my heart I pray for you and your sister to overcome all barriers and to be able to reach your ultimate goal. Someone earlier quoted a great Persian saying “Khastan Tavanestan Ast”
    I’m sure you will succeed and I will be cheering for you along with many people on this blog… We are all sending you lots of positive energy to give both of you strength and hope. Remember DON’T GIVE UP! You may fail a few times but you will ultimately reach what you want in your heart just believe in your inner strength.

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:21 pm

  300. Comment by Rasta Geary Taylor — October 1, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

    Rasta, I hope your children become the true free thinkers of the future who can see the world without barriers… make sure you open up their minds to the possibilities…

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:21 pm

  301. Comment by Alan — October 1, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

    Alan, I will do my best to continue writing about my thoughts. I may not have that many interesting things to talk about but will do my best J

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

  302. Comment by Bill Belshaw — October 1, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

    Thank you Bill, if true this would make me the happiest person in the world…

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:24 pm

  303. Comments by Joel, Pony R, Marianne Williamson not Mandela, Alfred E. Newman J…

    and everybody else

    Thank you for the correction… I’m sorry about the mistake. The quote is from Marianne Williamson’s book “Return to Love” and was used by Nelson Mandela in one of his speeches

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:29 pm

  304. Comment by Tina — October 1, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

    My Dear Tina, It makes me extremely happy to know I was able to help you keep your dream alive. Reading your message, Shadi’s message and many other messages like yours makes it worthwhile to listen to others judge me without knowing me…

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:31 pm

  305. Comment by behnam sadeghi — October 1, 2006 @ 6:42 pm

    Merci behnam jaan… Omidvaram beh arezouhat beressi… beh omide didrar…

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

  306. Comment by Js — October 1, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

    J, I don’t know “the temperature of Space.”

    Space per se does not have a temperature but objects in space have a temperature depending on their material and their distance from a heat source like the sun. I read somewhere that outside ISS could be around 7C . It felt cold just by touching the windows.

    Of course it depends on where in space you are talking about. The closer you get to a heat source, like a star, the hotter it gets.

    Regarding Space walks.. they are connected with cord sometimes referred to as the umbilical cord and they have rocket packs that they can use in case they miss a handrail and float away…

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

  307. Comment by Ken — October 1, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

    Thank you Ken … I loved the quote

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

  308. Comment by Michael Ridgway — October 1, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

    Thank you Michael for the information… I will take you up on your offer if I start having problem…

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

  309. Comment by Samaneh — October 1, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    I really don’t think I’m any different. When I started believing in myself and stopped blaming everyone else and destiny for any misfortune I encountered is when I started seeing a change in my life.

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

  310. Comment by karma — October 1, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

    Thank you dear Karma, I’m not a Bahai but have many Bahai friends…

    Comment by Anousheh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:39 pm

  311. Hi Anousheh-

    Congratulations on your flight and your safe return. Have there been any incidents of cosmonauts / astronauts suffering from claustrophobia while in space. Seeing that you guys have to spend time in a such a small space sometimes for great lengths of time ? Do they train you to overcome something like this like they do for the motion sickness.



    Comment by George — October 2, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

  312. Hold on World — comments here now closed — discussion continues in the future

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 4, 2006 @ 1:42 am

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