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October 2, 2006

I couldn’t sleep

by Anousheh @ 9:12 pm

… until I got this off my chest…

I have not been writing the blog about the last part of my journey, because I got distracted by reading all the comments posted… I was only receiving a few encouraging ones through email in orbit but was not able to see them all.

When I started reading them, I would go from being happy, being proud, and crying to being sad, being somewhat disappointed and sometimes hurt… It has been an emotional rollercoaster for me and it has been draining…

Those who know me tell me I wear my emotions on my face. I don’t know how to pretend and, as some of you could tell from my writing, I speak from the heart…

When I decided to share my experience, to be honest with you, I never expected the type of attention that it has received. I’m not a professional writer and I have a limited vocabulary, but I figured I’ll do my best…

I always thought I would describe my daily activities and experiences as best I could and hoped that people would understand and could feel my writings. When I started writing, a lot of emotions got mixed with factual data and came out in the form of the entries that you read…

I was NOT and am NOT after fame… Before doing this I have been on the cover of magazines, and I have been publicized in US and Iran, to some degree. I have never changed with wealth or fame and have always tried to stay true to myself. I don’t enjoy extra attention and feel awkward when I receive compliments… for whatever reason, which is still unknown to me!

This blog has become somewhat popular and has become a source of joy and encouragement for many… My intention was to use my story as an inspiration, but I always thought it would be through the newspapers, speaking engagements in schools and universities, and perhaps a book that I would ask someone to write. I just didn’t know what to expect from the blog…

Well the blog is very successful and with success comes judgment and scrutiny. I think this is all good. I believe people are entitled to their opinion and I do listen and try to see their point of view. I do have one downfall though… I cannot stand having anyone angry at me. It just bothers me inside… I know I cannot make everyone happy… but this has never stopped me from trying.

I have written answers to the criticisms and erased them knowing that I would not change their mind… and may only create more bitterness. I got encouraged by reading some of your responses to the negative comments and told myself “see she/he gets it,” “my point exactly,” etc. etc. etc.

I have tried to explain my philosophy in “Price of a Dream.” Some may agree with that philosophy and some may not. At the end of the day we are all entitled to believe in whatever we want… and as someone who preaches Understanding, I certainly will practice it.

All this said it bring me to the reason I’m writing this entry… I will not engage in a one-to-one dialogue to try to convince you to see it my way. I have always believed that what counts at the end of the day is results. I’m not doing this to gain popularity and approval. I’m doing it because I believe there is a great positive movement that is resulting from it. Only the future will tell if I was right…

I will continue my blog for now until I get too drained by the negativity to write…
Thank you to those who have been encouraging me, and to those whom I disappointed, I hope your action will make up for your disappointment in me…


  1. Thank you for your blogs. I read about you in the newsapaper. Take heart. Be strong. Don’t give up. Blessings to you. Don’t worry about the negative feedback. Thank you for sharing. Writers need to share and then let go. Be well. Blessings to you.

    Comment by karl marxhausen — October 2, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

  2. I would just ignore the negative comments. There are plenty of people who are very excited about your adventure. It’s just a downside of being in public particularly on the internet where everyone can voice their opinion. Just be happy with all the people you have inspired.

    Comment by James, Mountain View, CA — October 2, 2006 @ 9:27 pm

  3. Dear Anousheh - Your journey and excitement have generated more fascination and joy in human space exploration that any of us have seen for a long, long time. I have taught and mentored students of a variety of levels, and it is always sobering when, after doing my best, I have to read the critiques at the end of the course. While most are positive, there are always a few which cast gloom and make me feel like I did an awful job, and it is that small minority that can change how I feel. I always remind myself to step back and get a better perspective. Most people who like what you do never say anything! Given the large number of positive comments, please realize that the good you have done far outweighs any bad opinoins. Some poeple will never be happy, regardless! For myself, you have brought me close to space than anyone ever before and I thank you!

    Comment by Gioia Massa — October 2, 2006 @ 9:27 pm

  4. با سلام خدمت انوشه خانم عزیز
    فقط بگم افتخار ما ایرانیها هستی
    امیدوارم هر جا هستی و هر کاری میکنی موفق باشی و خدا یارت باشه
    ایران خواستی بیای ما رو هم خبر کن
    یا علی
    خداحافظ- علی -مهندس کارشناس ساخت متروی تهران

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

  5. Anoushe,
    Really glad to hear that you would continue your blog. As long as you write, I will be one of the readers! It will give me positive energy.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Shahram — October 2, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

  6. There will always be people who don’t agree with you. If you think their criticism is unfounded, then simply ignore them.

    The fact is that a LOT of people have enjoyed what you have done. No-one can take that memory from you. Don’t let them get you down.

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

  7. That’s a shame people have said things to upset you. You are doing something the majority will never be able to do. Maybe there is jealousy when there should be joy and support? It’s been truly wonderful and kind for you to share your adventures with everyone. What a privilege to be able to see it through your eyes. I hope someday soon you share what has happened on the last part of your journey so that we may finish taking it with you! :) Sincerely, Hat Girl

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

  8. Anousheh -

    I don’t know what to say about the negatives - they certainly don’t speak for me. I’m one of the silent majority who has been reading your blog at work every morning, trying to keep the tears from being obvious. I don’t know why your words affect me so much, but they do. You let me feel your emotion, and that’s a rare gift.

    Don’t waste your energy on those who can’t find joy in someone else’s fulfillment of a dream. The fact that you can’t reach them isn’t your fault - it’s theirs. The rest of us - the silent majority who don’t usually comment - are grateful that you’ve chosen to share your gift with us.

    Thank you.

    Comment by just someone on the web — October 2, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

  9. I haven’t been reading the comments, only your blog posts, but I cannot imagine what it is that people find to be negative about. From what I have read, you’ve been nothing but enthusiastic about sharing. I find your journey utterly fascinating - I mean, a cosmic blog, how freaky is that?? With Flickr pics and everything!! Keep up the good work - you’ve illuminated so much about space travel for so many of us… the little details of this incredible journey that one doesn’t normally get from news reports. I for one hope you continue - and truly appreciate what I have read so far.

    Comment by Alda — October 2, 2006 @ 9:51 pm

  10. No matter what you do, how you feel, or what you achieve in life, there are always narrow minded people who will find a way to add some bitterness to it. Although difficult, my advice to you would be “IGNORE THEM!”
    You should be proud of yourself, because you make so many of us proud.

    Comment by shadi — October 2, 2006 @ 9:51 pm

  11. Anoushe joon,
    U could’ve not said it any better. I myself as an immigrant in US, do understand what kind of obstacles u have faced all these years but unfortunately some people are so selfish & are not able to understand. It is always about ME, ME, ME!!!!! U have done a great job. DO NOT be disappointed at some of these negative comments. If u go through your comments (thousands & thousands of greeting & love), I am sure there is only a hand full of them so don’t even let it get in to you.Just keep of the good work. There is so much one can do in their lifetime so maybe it is time for these people to stand up and better their lives in order to help others. This could be their mission.
    You are a great lady. I wish u all the happiness & health.
    PEACE on earth.

    Comment by shideh — October 2, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

  12. Anousheh,
    There are many negitave people in this world and I am afraid that most of them have access to the internet. Please don’t be discouraged by a few people that have nothing better to do than write bad things in your blog. I am sure that most people that have followed your adventure in your blog and on tv are very happy for you and are glad that you have chosen to share that adventure with us. Keep your head up and and be proud of what you have acomplished.
    Dan Johns

    Comment by dan johns — October 2, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

  13. What sort of emotionally stunted tribble writes pablum such as this?

    “I’m one of the silent majority who has been reading your blog at work every morning, trying to keep the tears from being obvious. I don’t know why your words affect me so much, but they do.”

    I’m sorry, but getting moved to tears over someone else’s vacation is just pathetically sad.

    I am envious of Anoushe’s trip, and if I had $20m to burn I’d go too. But it’s just a freaking tourist trip (already done, btw, 3 times prior by other people). Get OVER it.

    Comment by Shubber Ali — October 2, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

  14. You have and are changing the world for the better. You are inspiring people to dream, to achieve and to grow.

    thank you for improving our lives.


    Comment by Shaun Branden — October 2, 2006 @ 9:58 pm

  15. Hello and greetings Anousheh:

    I’m really happy for your space travel and thanks to represent the value and the dignity of all the women of the world. I’m very happy because your experience was successful and satisfied yor expectations. And don’t worry for the people that are not agree with you. You are a goddess of the earth and now of the space and nobody will clear brightness to your feat.

    A great hug from Bogotá, Colombia and I hope that you continue to write in this great blog.


    Comment by Xavier López — October 2, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

  16. I have enjoyed reading about your perspective of space. It’s nice to read about the little things and observations that aren’t always talked about. I hope, and hope that I myself will one day get the opportunity to travel to space.. It’s always been a life long dream of mine.. I wanted to enter the space program, but found that road to be quite long, with no guarantee at the end. I don’t know if this will reach you or not, and I have no other way of contacting you. But I would like to talk to you about a Space Education program. To get people excited about space. I work in game development, and am trying to create a Non-profit Space History simulator. A program that would teach about all the different space programs around the world, past, current & future. Allowing people to experience simulated space from there own computers, and to inspire them… I share that passion myself, and I think it would be a great thing to make happen… I’m not trying to solicit anything, I’m just trying to share my passion..

    Thank you for reading,


    Comment by Marc Mackin — October 2, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

  17. Dear Anousheh,

    I think you might try to weight the negative and positive responses. I didn’t try yet to read all the comments, so I don’t know the proportions, but I bet that positives are dominant.

    My point is - your blog does a lot of good. It awakes feelings and cravings, that we rarely experience. I can tell for myself: I am a type of person that doesn’t need to go to space to take a “stellar” point of view on things (or a very global one, if you like). Yet, until recently, I had problems believing some of my judgements. I knew that logically they were correct, but I just didn’t “feel it”, I wasn’t fully instinctively convinced.
    And with your space trip - I was travelling myself too. Your descriptions, your confessions, made me feel as if I were almost physically there. And this greatly improved my confidence in that stellar point of view. It convinced me that it is worthy to look at the world from outside (in a metaphoric sense, I know you understand). I thank you for that.

    If there is at least a handful of people that have benefited from your blog as much, I can assure you it is worth writing, no matter how much criticism you get.


    Comment by Axure — October 2, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

  18. Welcome back dear Anousheh

    Happy that you will stay for us for a while at least.
    This blog has become like a collective prayer for… the least I could say would be … trying to do our best.

    Maybe now it is more to readers to show directions and make proposols. We are all in this together.

    I have been learning a lot from other readers and have already added many links to my favorites.

    I, like so many others, stand for peace among nations, and respect of our Planet.

    Thanx to you we can start together from the basics:)


    Comment by Homeyra — October 2, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

  19. I got amazingly inspired by you.

    Its is hard to be judged, there is so many reasons for judgement. Sometimes is not fair, sometimes thay are wrong, Sometimes they could be right and they should be listened, sometimes they are jealous, sometimes we are on the other side judging.

    What more important that they are moved, shocked, they react, we react. They/We are not sleep not living their dream. Please carry on with yours.

    I believe what you did is amazing… be welcomed to earth with its pro and cons.

    Comment by Ignacio Pinillos — October 2, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

  20. Hello, Anousheh,

    I was afraid of how you might take the negative which I also read. That’s why I felt compelled to write the things I wrote last night. Unfortunately, we live in a negative world and have to find strength through our faith to overcome it. You have inspired so many with you vision please, don’t let it stop now because of a few that don’t understand. We have to continue with the optimism generated within this blog.

    The writings most people have contributed are positive, beautiful and wonderful which are originated by your kind heart. We have to keep the wave going no matter what!

    I felt bad when I read the negative but, I brushed it aside because in my heart I know goodness. I know many have been blessed by this and thank you for it.

    It’s not about the fame it’s way bigger than that…it’s about friendship and love for our humanity/world!

    Keep On Bloggin Anousheh and we’ll keep on prayin!

    Pat Freeman
    West Chester, PA

    Comment by screamin75 — October 2, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

  21. Dear Anousheh,
    There are jealous or otherwise deprived people who aim to hurt anyone who listens to them. Their views do not matter except to those who wish to exploit them for personal aims. Your destiny has been to play a substantial role in promoting manned space flight (and to a lesser extent inspiring young Iranians, especially females). Spaceship Earth is filling up rapidly by human beings and soon we will need to look to the stars to survive without having to destroy ourselves. Through your efforts and the work of many other similarly inspired and committed individuals, humanity may have a hopeful future to look forward to. Welcome back to Earth and best wishes for your continued success!

    Comment by Hassan S — October 2, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

  22. There will always be people like that, unfortunately. Dont let them get you down. You have shown us that anything is possible, and I admire you for achieving this childhood dream of yours that most of us can just dream about.
    I am lucky that I got to read about your incredible journey.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Anna — October 2, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

  23. Anousheh, you have inspired countless people with your example, your authenticity, your dreams. You went on the journey of a lifetime, and you took us all along for the ride. If some people can’t fully appreciate it, that’s not your fault. Just keep on as you are - you’re doing fine.

    Comment by Kevin McLeod — October 2, 2006 @ 10:12 pm

  24. Anousheh

    I am sorry you have received so many negative comments - I guess I am not surprised, there are a lot of negative people in the world. Stay on top - stay positive - ‘nihil illigitum carbarundum’ as they used to say.

    I wrote to you before expressing my hope that your voice, while you have one, could do some good for the environmental catastrophe that we are heading into. I still hope that can happen - in particular, I hope that the dialog can move away from ‘avoidance’ to ‘repair’ - we need desperately to be talking about how to ‘engineer’ a solution - find the best minds - find a solution and spend the billions required to fix it - or your kids (if you have any) will not have a world where space exploration is a possibility.

    I do not have a TV so I don’t keep up to date with the news - but I hope you had a great trip and a safe return. I also wish you all the best with your future ventures (or adventures!)

    David Robinson (Sydney, Australia)

    Comment by Dave Robinson — October 2, 2006 @ 10:15 pm

  25. Re, me again:)

    It seems that the main chatper in the criticisms is the one regarding the $20Million expenses of such an adventure. I propose to make this the subject of one blog, you can use “the price of a dream” then all the commentaries which are related.

    For my part, I do not think that $20Million (or more or less) is what is missing to save Humanity, Though I understand that for some at first sight this would seem like a big deal.

    I agree that You cannot convince all of your readers, but maybe your readers can convince each other.. so we could move to next chapters for better understanding of each others.

    Thx again:)

    Comment by Homeyra — October 2, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

  26. I can’t get why people would criticize you.. You’ve been a great inspiration and there’s nothing in this blog or on your web page that suggests you were after fame. You did a great thing in pursuing your dream, don’t mind the morons saying negative things about your journey. They’re just that - morons.

    Comment by Joel — October 2, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

  27. Dear Anusheh ,

    What’s up with you :(

    forget all which make you sad ,

    I really become sad after reading your last blog,
    I really want you take it easy ,

    there are different people whith different beliefs around the world ,
    no one is complete ,
    so when we do our best in something,
    when we act in an excellent way
    when we are very good ,

    there are somebody who think negetives
    that we were not good , we were not …

    forget all of negetive thought ,

    me , my family , my friends , my classmates …oooooo ..lots of people love you so much , lots of people are perfectly in agreement with you … so what’s the importance of only few negetive thought ?….

    sorry , I’m not completely fluent in English , and I couldn’t use better words to say my opinion very well , and I’m very sleepy , cause it’s 1:45 midnight in Teh. ….

    we all proud of you , and love you so much ,real love

    in last 2 weeks really the best thing for me was reading about you in your blog and in net ,I have alot of your fotoes , which I gather in interenet , I found some interesting in nasa.org …

    Thaks so much for all ,

    Bests ,

    Comment by Zari — October 2, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

  28. Anousheh the Brave,

    Reading your post I feel that my experiences might be able to help you, in some small way to repay what you have done for me by sharing your fantastic voyage.

    I was doing some soul searching recently, trying to figure out my place in this world. I realized it is my job to believe in things. To hope. That is the job I take most seriously, and that motivates me to do everything I do. I believe and hope so that others will see the belief shining out from me and not give up.

    As I’m sure you know, it is quite a hard job. And it can’t be faked. It is a thankless job, and a lonely one at times. As believers, we want to connect and share our hope with *everyone*, and we feel disappointed if we fail to inspire even one person. In this way, our very essence of hope can make us sad. As Spiderman says of his power, “It is my gift. It is my curse.”

    It’s like being a night-light, shining in the scary dark. If someone chooses not to look, chooses to stay in the dark, well, that won’t make us stop shining. We can’t stop. It’s what we do.

    Comment by Julie the Believer — October 2, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

  29. Dear Dear very Dear Anousheh :) :) :)
    Unsensored, courageaous human beeing, who write with your beautiful heart, who share every moment with the readers from all over the world, how your heart as been touch, in joy and in sadness, in response to so little, so few , negative comments, jugements from others, are so overwelming at time, it take only one or two to bring sadness in such a beautiful heart, please so very please, take this as motion sickness to your emotion, as part of the challenge you had to live, in preparation and actual living of your dream, you have become an inspiration too so many of us, in such short time, getting that of your chest, is again so much like you, in such a blissfull spirit!
    I have feltl the same pain in my emotion reading them, as i am sure most of us have, but I know deep down, that we all share the same strengh in our believe that actions speaks louder then words…so shine shine ambasador of space and humanity.


    Comment by Jules Poirier — October 2, 2006 @ 10:33 pm

  30. Dear Anousheh,

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity” Einstein

    Don’t take seriuosly the negative comments. It is the historic state of affairs in our planet.

    You know a secret… it is easy to be negative, because it is too easy… it is psicological gravity (literally!). Think of that people in terms that what they say is the better thing they can do.

    Because of people like you that the humanity is living better that the prehistoric man.

    Keep your faith an push. Thank you.

    Comment by Enrique — October 2, 2006 @ 10:40 pm

  31. Hiii again Anousheh,

    Just have been reading your last posting to the blog and I can understand that you are overwhelmed by all the reactions. I can asure you that the majority is very positive and I do sincerely hope that the few negative ones will not make you too unhappy. By sticking out your head, one is bound to encounter all kinds of reactions, unfortunately also negative ones (remeber Braveheart?). But this must never be a reason for not being true and honest to yourself, press on what you believe in !! I remember one line in one of the reactions in your blog, saying that the obstacles that you encounter on your way should become stepping stones towards the goal you want to reach. A very positive thought indeed. I think that you showed us that you’re very talented and I’m sure that you already have made the change in many of us. Thank you for that Anousheh, your kind words made me realize how important it is in life to believe in yourself and in other people. Hope this little ´peptalk´ helps blowing away the negativity, so be proud of what you have done, cherish your wonderful experiences of the last weeks and enjoy being with all your loved ones. Thank you again for sharing so much with us. Take care,

    Wim Holwerda, Netherlands

    Comment by Wim — October 2, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

  32. Dear Anousheh,
    Regardless your intention of going to space, whatever the reason was which I personally appreciate it, I really enjoyed the way you have expressed yourself and behaved. You approved that you are very smart, intelligent, clever and full of faith and energy.
    I enjoyed reading your blog as I could see how much heartily you describe your moments. That was precious for me and I appreciate it very much. The most important thing is your friendly and down to earth character. As we have learned to see wealthy people by paparazzi and from a long distance as we are not money wise rich. The other aspect of your journey which feeds the press is your wealth and your successful career as it could be unbelievable to spend a bulk of money for a space travel, as we have not learnt freedom even in a democratic society. you paid for your dream and the best part was that you share it with us. You have not been the first person to have this experience but you have been the first one who touched let’s say not millions but thousands heart, I think this feeling should make you calm down if critics are doing their best to ruin your peaceful mind.
    I myself admire you very much not because of being the first Iranian space tourist or being so much successful in your career and so on but I only admire you for being yourself, being yourself and being yourself and I am very pleased to have this chance to read your beautiful thoughts which eloquently are flowing from your heart.
    still we have not learnt to get to know each other unconditionally, I mean when I am writing about you I don’t care how much money you have as you don’t know me at all, we just communicate by our hearts and soul but we cannot make any good connection with someone who try to calculate the faith, humanity, dreams, love and similar qualities. I am sure you have a supportive character but it is not my business absolutely not so it is up to you to plan for charity works or whatever the critics are saying as I’m sensitive about you and chase the news about your journey. We should learn that we are free God gave us this freedom to live the way we like so nobody should interfere our dreams or wishes. I am poor maybe out of job and money but it is not anybody’s responsibility to sort out my problems, I should do it myself and I will do. Please don’t care about the critics at all just be happy that you touched many hearts and you never will be out of our mind. Be happy for your great endeavour and brilliant experience.

    Take care and cheer up…


    Comment by Nazila — October 2, 2006 @ 10:45 pm

  33. Anousheh, I feel like you a lot when it comes to what others think of me. This quote helps me:

    “Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing” - Aristotle

    From those who are trying to wound others with their words, we don’t want their approval anyway, do we? At the end of the day, we live for and audiance of ONE: God. He gave you a great opportunity. And thank you for taking the world along with you.

    Comment by Desiree — October 2, 2006 @ 10:50 pm

  34. Dear Anousheh
    Please remember this.As hamid informed you on ISS,your blog and web site had over 10 million hits half way thorugh your journey.of all those who visited your blog only very few commented and there were overwhelmingly positive about you and your journey.i know that people hardly ever comment when they like or approve of something but very likely do when they oppose or dislike something.
    Now when you know these facts it is not FAIR to us(the absolute majority) that you spend even a second on those negative few.
    Beside they are not angry at you(there was nothing that you did that affect them whatsoever) they are angry at their own short comings but venting it out at you( hello easy target).
    you have made this world a much much better place by just being yourself,please stay cool and positive like always and as you were on ISS for the rest of your life!!!this is what people around the world saw and loved so much.
    You have inspired may be millions of people around the world and by doing so you became much bigger than your life.like it or not Anousheh aziz you do not belong to yourself anymore you belong to humanity and specially all iranians who felt so good to show the world(by your accomplishment) who they realy are and dispell all those stereotypes.
    your sincere fan siroos

    Comment by cyrus — October 2, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

  35. Anousheh azizam,

    You are an inspiration to all women on our planet, and it’s a pity there are unhappy people trying to spread their “seeds of unhappiness” on your beautiful adventure, words and life.

    Please ignore those little gnats ~ and please keep blogging!

    Comment by Karen — October 2, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

  36. Anausheh,
    I am amaized that anyone would send to you anything but positive comments. I have been a space watcher since the beginning. I think that what you did was super PLUS you wrote about it.
    Americia and the world needs hero’s. There really isn’t right now. We need to look up to someone and say ‘they did good’. Too many people are so wrapped up in their own lives they don’t take the time to see the good things that go on around them, such as your trip.
    You did good girl - now I urge you to continue to use your knowlege and lets get some more hero’s and bring this world together. You are a hero.

    Comment by Rick Flemming — October 2, 2006 @ 10:54 pm

  37. Salaam Anusheh,

    Hope you are fine and back to normal life–
    Just a point about your writting:
    It’s great to hearing from you and sharing you idea as many point of view:
    - As a astronaut who travel to space
    - As an women who did that
    - As an Iranian specialy a women(most of your popularity back to this side, blv or not it’s matter of fact)
    - As a millionair(specially a lady millionair)
    - As a person, such as any body in the net that bloging
    - As a professional that her actvities is hi-tech
    - and many…
    But there is a point here: when you are writting specially as a bloger in the net, you are sharing your idea- so you must expect that many people may agree or not with your idea. I think you not suppose to consider a negative point if someone not agree with you activite or your idea.

    As an example: As you well know, many peopl doesn’t have food to eat(either in Iran or US), so when they hear someone payed 20m to go to space just as a trip– It is very clear those not agree with your idea or …, right? So don’t get mad if you rcv’d some negative point– it’s life, has both side–

    But, we(I think all Iranian) as an Iranian love you–

    Sorry, getting long,hope you got my point!

    Comment by fazel — October 2, 2006 @ 10:55 pm

  38. Dear Anousheh,
    first of all thank you for sharing your experience with us… This is something to be proud of. Just ignore all the negativity and continue following your dreams. I am one of the people who believe that dreams do come true… and I am very happy for you… being able to do something you have always dreamed of is just great and again thank you for sharing your dream with us!

    Here is something I want to share with you:

    “If you call out loud
    Will it get inside
    Through the heart of your surrender
    To your alibis
    And you can say the words
    Like you understand
    But, the power’s in believing
    So give yourself a chance

    ‘Cause you can
    Climb the highest mountain
    Swim the deepest sea, hee,
    All you need is the will to want it
    And uhh, little self-esteem

    So keep the faith
    Don’t let nobody turn you ’round
    You gotta know when
    It’s good to go
    To get your dreams
    Up off the ground…”


    Comment by Bita — October 2, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

  39. Hi Anousheh

    I was surprised we had gone two days without a posting and wondered why, so I was really sad to read your blog tonight, about the impact which the minority of negative comments have had upon your feelings.

    You should feel incredibly happy and satisfied that you have realised your dream, and proud of the bravery which you demonstrated to achieve it. There is nothing to feel sad or disappointed about.Please do not allow a few negatives comments to dilute the great success and the positive things you have achieved.

    In any walk of life people who are successful will attract criticism, often through envy or maybe adequacy on the part of the critic. I’m sure that many of the tiny minority who have disapproved of what you have done fall into this category.

    As I type this, your blog has had over 1.1m hits - a few dozen critical postings represents such a small number, I’d urge you not to be troubled by them, to focus on the thousands of positive and supportive comments, and to please finish the story of the last part of your journey, and then to continue the blog as you go back to the ‘day job’ and continue your quest.

    You WILL be successful. You have clearly started something. You have rekindled an interest in manned spaceflight which has been missing for some time, you have created an interest in an audience which maybe had little awareness before. Some people will see that their dreams, no matter how impossible, could come true.

    The investment of your time, passion, courage and money will be diluted if you don’t keep this momentum going and continue what you have started.

    Please keep the faith, and have a safe trip home to Plano.

    With admiration and best regards

    Tony Quine
    Isle of Man UK

    Comment by Tony Quine — October 2, 2006 @ 10:57 pm

  40. As the forces of gravity hold us to the earth,so the forces of negetivity in the human mind play out in this world.You left the earth with Joy,and travelled with joy, and joy was your vehicle and companion on the way to distant stars.Your joy was your vision which you had when young.Those who have the eyes to`see` will understand your whys.Keep your joy and the pearl of great price which is your secret.Leave them to be in their negetivity,one day the light you saw in space will illumine their minds on their way to distant stars.

    Comment by john — October 2, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

  41. Thank you for going to space as a private citizen and telling us all what it’s like. You are an inspiration.

    Comment by JayeRandom — October 2, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

  42. Anousheh
    Thank You so much for your blog. I hope that you will not let the mean people bring you down. I have been reading your story and just being able to share in some small part of what you have done is wonderful to me.
    again thank you so much
    Mike Mello Seattle Wa

    Comment by Mike Mello — October 2, 2006 @ 11:04 pm

  43. Anousheh,
    Just remember that you cant make everyone happy, especially un-happy people.
    Dont ever worry about the negative people. They surely dont have
    a story to tell like yours.
    What you did took so much courage and bravery.
    I worry myself sick just going on a plane, i cant even imagine what would go through my head if i was going into outerspace!

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience with us.
    You sound like a sweet,kind hearted person.
    And anyone with a heart and some intelligence can tell your not
    about Fame.

    Comment by cheryl,akron,ohio — October 2, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

  44. Anousheh,

    My four year old grand daughter, Macy sometimes gets sad when her infant brother gets more attention than she. At times like this her little lip comes out and her face says that she feels like nobody in the world loves her. Her dad wisely said when you get something for the baby, Rocco, once in a while, pick up something small for Macy, too. So, as a way to do this and teach her that the world is filled with more love than sadness, every now and then Macy unexpectantly gets a small box with a trinket or toy with a note just for her from “The World.” The note tells her that the world loves her and that sometimes its okay to be sad for a while, but in the end the world has plenty more love where this little gift comes from. Her face lights up and for a while, her life is better. Your love notes from the world ( each of us are the world) to the world make a lot of us feel better and for a little while, gives us hopeful dreams that despite the sadness and violence around us, there just may be more love and hope in the world than is apparent.

    Bill Kelly
    Cumming, GA USA

    Comment by Bill Kelly — October 2, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

  45. Anousheh,
    I’m an Iranian, doing my Ph.D in mathematics in Canada. This is however not important, but I have a point here: I grew up in a middle class family, my father is a retired teacher,and my mom did not work. So, that you know what it means from financial point of view in Iran! I tried very hard to come to Canada and study here,a nd live free, despite my love to Iran and my people! So, for your readers to know that unlike, Anousheh, I am not a rich person! however, with all my heart, I support and am thankful for what Anousheh did for me! she made my dream come true. What she also did and is doing for science is well worth at least a simpel thank-you. Where many rich people in the world use their money to have a relaxed and fancy vacations, involved with using drogs, shopping expensive goods, and all different useless funs without havinga goal in life, Anousheh risked her life, yes she did! for a dream which belongs to many of us!
    Anoushe , as you said, you do not have to convince every body or make them happy about what you do with your life and money.If that is the case which some people bring up! such as why you don’t do charity instead or thinsg like that!
    As, Anousheh said once, do not expect one person to solve all the problems in the world. Anousheh used her talent and her money in adavcing science and technology. Otehrs may decide to use their talent and money in different ways, and some may use their money just to make the wrold worse than it is, supporting war,and violence activities!
    Anousheh, if you give up you have lost the game to this people.

    Comment by azar — October 2, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

  46. Anousheh,

    I want to thank you.

    When I was 14, Carl Sagan showed me the beauty and majesty of science, especially astronomy, and gave me the gift of a dream. You lived my dream for me. You were generous enough to share it, so I was not excluded. You made it real, and visceral, and the details, and even, (no, ESPECIALLY), the mundane, made it live.

    You have given me someone I can show to my daughters and say : “The stars are not too high.” I wrote in my blog that I wish there were more of you, and less of the popstars, to influence our girls, into what and who they can be:)

    You have helped so many of us regain hope and perspective, in times fraught and perilous.

    There will always be doubters, history is littered with naysayers and those who cannot dream, they can only criticise. They are the ones who would enslave our minds and hearts, and if we listened to them, there would be no dreamers, no science, no magic. Please, do not let them tarnish the glitter of this all, the real shine of accomplishment, and the gift you have given us all.

    I have cried with you, as have the many around the world like us. When you journey, when you continue your amazing work, remember, you do so for yourself, but also for the rest of us, for our sons and daughters, (especially our daughters!). You work for humanity. There is no them, up there. There is only us.

    Whatever you decide to do, whether to continue sharing with us in this particular medium or not, thank you. It has been a privilege to journey with you.

    Comment by Romana — October 2, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

  47. Dear Anousheh,

    Let me start by saying that I had almost no passion about space before your trip started. The day you described how you enjoyed watching earth from aobe and how the clouds form those fasicnatign shapes, I felt I am seeing the world from your eyes. Afterwards, I followed all posts and honestly, I felt it came right from your hearth. I had never enjoyed reading a blog this much and I tll you I am a blog bug! So, thank you for sharing your dream with us. I never felt that you are drowned by wealth or fame or anythign like that, while I felt the joy you spreaded to me.

    Criticim is good and makes people to do better but judgment is the worse thing one can do, witouth being in the same position. I have experinced that a lot and as we say in persian “Yek goosh dar kon yeki darvaze” or “Listen and let it go”. Please, please never stop doing what you think is right, becuase that makes the negative ones to grow faster!

    At the end, I tuly adimre your desire, your effort and your beautiful heat. Keep it as is

    Comment by Mansoor — October 2, 2006 @ 11:16 pm

  48. Dear Anousheh,

    “Words can’t bring you down..” (from Christina Aguilera - Beautiful)

    We fully believe in you and from the first minute it was clear to me, that you were really going to fulfill your dream, your mission, but not for the sake fame!!! Your dream is clearly a better world.. those who don’t see this, must be blind..

    I’m an engineer, not a doctor, but many women experience after the birth of a child some sad feelings that accompany any depression. Women who suffer from depression after pregnancy often fear that their baby will somehow be harmed and may worry that they are “bad” mothers. It looks to me, that you are suffering this after being back on earth and your “baby” is our “inspiration”!!

    You inspired so many boys and girls out there for a better future, there can’t be a better “mother” for inspiration of private space flight and how dreams can become true..

    So, don’t let you bring you down today!

    Comment by Peter G. — October 2, 2006 @ 11:16 pm

  49. You couldn’t sleep?!! Please don’t let the negative comments spoil your spirit. Weren’t you the one who was talking about putting things in perspective? So, go ahead, put all those unpleasant comments in perspective; and be assured, if those don’t kill you, make you stronger!

    With great admiration

    Comment by Fariba — October 2, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

  50. Don’t worry about the hateful minority. They’re generaly attention seekers, misinformed, or just plain mean, and they’re certainly not worth getting upset over.

    No matter what people say, if you’ve inspired just one person to do great things, nothing else really matters.

    Comment by xmkrx — October 2, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

  51. I hope you will not decide to discontinue your blog because of a few criticisms. It is not your place to please the world; just to be true to yourself. Let history make its own judgment. If there is one thing the world is sorely lacking in, it is heroes…and I and many others have found one in you.

    You have been an inspiration to thousands, whether it was your intention or not, and that is a good thing. I, for one, hope I will have the privilege of following your adventure for a long time yet to come.

    Comment by Nicholas — October 2, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

  52. That is what the delete button is for on the computer. There will always be negative people. Here in Texas we have a saying “you would grip if you were hung with a new rope” Don’t let them get you down. Just keep on blogging.

    Comment by Jimmy — October 2, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

  53. Anousheh from reading your blog I feel close to say that you are the one that pursued my dreams as well. You did what so many people around a world dream of including myself. When I read about you and your accomplishments I feel I have received that as an Iranian woman as well, you make me proud. You pursued your dreams and many more :-). Don’t care about comments, you are a kind and good hearted person who had a dream and the path was open for you to go for it. Hope one day I would be the second Iranian women in space because that has been my dream as well since childhood. I feel you spoke for so many like us.

    I cannot wait to read a book which you are going to write in future, I like to learn from people like you
    Thank you

    Comment by Firouzeh — October 2, 2006 @ 11:28 pm

  54. Anousheh, You did something awesome. I enjoyed reading your candid comments on your blog site. Please keep it up. I am jealous that I couldn’t have gone with you on your journey. From your comments, it really made me feel like I was there beside you on the journey.
    The people who have given negative comments are most likey short sited and not very adventurous themselves. None the less, you did a remarkable job. Please keep the faith and know that thousands, maybe millions of people support you.
    Please keep on dreaming and doing what makes you happy.
    I am glad you started this Blog site to share your experiences.

    Comment by J. E. Thompson — October 2, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

  55. I really enjoyed reading about your trip. Dont let the negative comments get you down… you cant please everyone.

    Comment by gentle_breeze — October 2, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

  56. Dear Anousheh:
    I am so proud of you
    من این مطلب را مخصوصا به زبان فارسی نوشتم تا ان دسته از افرادی که به فارسی برای شمامطالب نا امید و مایوس کننده فرستادن بخوانند
    من خودم در ایران زندگی میکنم و بیشتر مطالبی که در نشریات وسایتهای اینترنتی داخل کشورراجب شمامطلب مینویسن را دنبال میکنم .من به جرات میتوانم بگم تا به امروز 2-10-2006 بیش از 98% تمام این نشریات از شما به عنوان یک ایرانی کاملا موفق با اهدافی روشن و الهام بخش یاد کرده اند .
    حتی بهترین برنامه تخصوصی نجوم ,شبکه تلویزیون ایران به نام (اسمان شب) چند ویژه برنامه در مورد موضوع سفر شما تهیه کرده بود .
    دریکی از ان برنامه یک دعوت از علاقه مندان سفر شما به فضا شد تا در همایشی جهت اشنایی با شما و اهداف سفر شما شرکت کنند و با استقبال بی نظری روبرو شد (جای برای 300 نفر ولی شرکت کنندها حدود 600 نفر! تمام صندلها پر شده بود !! دیگه جا حتی برای ایستادن در سالن نبود!!! حتی علاقمندان حاضر بودن از بیرون سالن فقط صدای کارشناسان را بشنون , بدون تصویر !!!!! این علاقه مندان 3 ساعت تمام بر روی پا ایستاده بودن !!!!!! ,در ان همایش بیانیه از طرف رییس پژوهشکده هوا و فضا ایران به منظور ارج نهادن به سفر و اهداف شما از خوانده شد !!!!!!! ) در اخر این همه استقبال بی نظیر از این همایش موجب شگفتی تمام حضار و الخصوص مچریان و برپا کنندگان شده بود و از تمام حضار به خاطر این همه عشق تشکر کردن . {البته من از اینجا , برای برپای ان همایش تشکر میکنم }
    خب این تازه یک شهر ایران بود که در روز دوم سفر شما یک همچین همایشی برگزار شد .
    از اوضاع احوال سایتهای ایرانی شما فقط سری به سایت http://www.spacescience.ir بزنید تا ببینید چه پوشش خبری کاملی از شما تهیه کرده است .
    انصاری عزیز من البته فکر میکنم شما با این محدود زمانی یغامها اوایل سفرخود را خواندید اگه شما پیغامهای روز برگشت توجه کنیید فکر نکنم یک مطلب نا امید کننده و یا مایوس کننده داشته باشید
    من قبلا هم برای شما نامه نوشته بودم ( ان زمانی که در مدار زمین در ایستگاه بین المللی بودید ) و به شما گفته بودم حتی من شما رو به عنوان یک الگوی موفقیت جدید به جای افرادی موفقی مثل انتونی رابینز یا بیل گیتس انتخاب کرده ام و دوست دارم به حتما فعالیت فارسی سایت خودتان رو برای افراد ایرانی بیشتر کنیید .
    تا ایرانیان بتوانند مثل همیشه و بیش از پبش به صورت چهرهای موفق دنیا تبدیل بشن .
    هر چند ه شما الان یک چهره جهانی شده اید
    anyway, nice to see you safe there,
    have good times

    Comment by behroz — October 2, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

  57. Anousheh,

    Thank you for your authentic communication, and thank you for having the courage to respond to the negative comments. Even though you claim not to be a professional writer, your words and ideas are profound. I can think of a million reasons why what you have done and what you do is inspiring change in our world [and perhaps beyond . . . you are a space traveler after all :) ]. By fulfilling your dream, you will be inspiring many others to have the courage to reach for the stars. You have inspired me.

    With highest regards,

    “It does not matter that only a few in each generation will grasp and achieve the full reality of man’s proper stature-and the rest will betray it. It is those few that move the world and give life its meaning-and it is those few that I have always sought to address. The rest are no concern of mine; it is not me or The Fountainhead that they will betray: it is their own souls.”

    - Ayn Rand

    “Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.”

    - Jean Sibelius

    Comment by Michael — October 2, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

  58. Ok. Here’s the deal. I don’t know how to start to write a comment on your latest entry. How about starting with you just managed to bring tears to my eyes for the first time ever since I started to read your blog reading every single entry. It just shows what a wonderful lovely humble human being you are. Being a public face never been easy to deal with. There are always people who don’t like you. so what? While the whole world was in grief after Steve Irwin died, Germaine Greer said: “the animal world has finally taken its revenge”. You simply have to learn to ignore them. Obviously we don’t know each other and before starting to read this blog all I knew about you was some very distant wealthy woman far far away and I couldn’t even associate myself to you as two iranians but now I am honored being able to get to know you and your personality through this very blog and I am sure millions of people admire this humble down-to-earth (or as we say in Farsi “Khaaky) person called Anousheh as much as I do. Reading each post brings a wide smile to my face from the very first word into the end. It really does. You are an extraordinary person. And by the way when you say “I will continue my blog for now until I get too drained by the negativity to write…” please take it back. :) It would be a huge disappointment for so many people if you stop writing. I feel I am talking to you in person as I am typing these words. Hope to see you some time whenever you visit Los Angeles.

    Comment by Space Enthusiast — October 2, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

  59. Hi Anousheh,

    I fear I do not have sufficient skill with words to truly express how motivational your entries have been…This is just to let you know that there are many many of us really really appreciate what you have shared with us over the course of your journey…Thank you for sharing for experience.. When any of us reach outer space in the years to come, we’ll surely let you know that you made a difference :D .. goodbye till then, and thank you once again :)

    Comment by another person from the usually silent majority :) — October 2, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

  60. Dear Anousheh,
    You are an extremely brave and courageous woman! Remember why you did all this in the first place and what your goal was. Don’t let the negative forces distract or discourage you in the least! Be prepared like you were for the landing and brace yourself for the attacks “like a million needles in your back” (your very own words!)but don’t weaken your position for a single moment!!! The forces of love and admiration that millions of people have for you are by far more powerful and will protect you through it all :)
    Take care of yourself and keep smiling that beautiful smile!

    Comment by ZaZa — October 2, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

  61. We can all see the pictures of you in space, but a camera can’t tell us how you experienced it. Thats what the writing is for; and i suspect that you admittedly wearing your heart on your sleeve makes you that much better at it. I expected a web log documenting pragmatic issues of spaceflight, but you managed to give us a hint of what it was actually like, from a refreshingly honest human perspective. Thanks for that!
    If some are so ditrusting of your honesty that they accuse you of grandstanding, it’s their loss. Don’t let their cynicism drag you down. Besides, look at how many people you’ve touched!

    Best wishes..

    Comment by Th. — October 2, 2006 @ 11:47 pm

  62. Hello Anousheh and all:)

    Thinking more about what you wrote above, I totally understand your feeling to try to make everybody happy:). This sounds impossible but I want to share an experience:

    I visited once a village in Morocco where the inhabitants had brought water, electricity and some other lacking infrastructures to their village. This project was led by an NGO created by a few natives who had meet success in their life in other main cities of Morocco. One of the founders explained that in order to involve the (rather small) population with such a success, they had taken the time to address each one of the inhabitants’ concern, assuring that as long as there was even one voice againstit, they would not proceed.

    I was used to the common attitude that one should act and do what he thinks is right, and there were always some negative people, who should care about and just dismiss the case.

    I realized that deep inside me I understood their point. Needless to say I don’t mean that in case of a major catastrophe or a personal Endeavour one should stand a poll and reach 100% of the votes. But I believe that we should try –when possible, when needed - to always address each and every view. First we “might” learn from it:), it is also a respectful attitude toward one another. Once the others feel your concern you are rewarded by some spectacular release of energy.

    I promise not to post again…….. for a while:)


    Comment by Homeyra — October 2, 2006 @ 11:49 pm

  63. Anousheh,

    Having been around a long time as you know, there will always be some who will tell you how to spend your money. They have a very short sided view of what you did, it wasn’t about money, it was about a dream. You lived your dream, and you shared it with so many. Because of what you have done there are others that will work to achieve their dream, just because of you. I read the negative comments too, and Anousheh, it would have been so easy for you just give away the money, but you risked your life to show others that the dream can be had, through work and effort. How much more could you give. I think of the old saying about giving someone a fish and they eat for a day, teach them how to fish and they will eat for the rest of their life (OK someone will tell me the right way to say it). Anousheh, you have taught so many how to fish in the last few days, the world will be so much better for what you have done. You have inspired those that will go out and inspire others, generations from now what you did will still have an impact.

    Comment by Bill Belshaw — October 2, 2006 @ 11:49 pm

  64. eeeeeeee…ki chert o pert gofte?
    ghalat karde

    Comment by ronak — October 2, 2006 @ 11:52 pm

  65. Dear Anousheh,

    It’s been wonderful reading all your blog entries and I hope we can all follow you one day. In the meantime it’s been really great and amazing that you’ve shared so much of it with us.

    Please put lots more photos on your flickr site. You might notice you have a “pro” account now :-)

    Comment by Bruce Hoult — October 2, 2006 @ 11:55 pm

  66. Anousheh,
    Do not give up, I will not go over what has been said above, I agree with them.
    Stay focus on your great life you have and the most important thing I can say to you is HAVE FUN and enjoy every minute.

    Yes I am jealous I would luv to be up there in space.
    I am proud of you and your fellow team mates.


    Comment by Philip C — October 3, 2006 @ 12:00 am

  67. Dear Mrs. Ansari,

    Remember: “Aquila non capit muscas.” Also, of course, “Semper Fidelis.”

    Congratulations and my very best wishes to you, your family, your crewmates, and everyone who helped make your dream come true.

    My memories of Iran are of a similar vintage as yours, though certainly not as extensive, as I was only a visitor (some might have called me a “tourist”). My visit to Iran has had an important and enduring impact on me. I especially miss the bazaar and “doog” in Isfahan.

    NASA’s Astronauts have always inspired me, they are all execeptional people aside from spaceflight and exploration. Yet, as I read the amazing responses on your blog, especially those from young women in Iran, I realize that you have a unique ability and opportunity to carry a message of hope and inspiration to a far wider audience.

    Your success and accomplishments reflect far more than simply acquired wealth. You are the product of innate talent and ambition, a loving and supportive family, and most importantly of all, the blessings of freedom and independence to pursue such wonderful opportunities. I understand and support your decision to wear the colors of the Iranian flag along with the flag of your country. Many will attempt to make an issue of that decision, as they will gripe about “wasting” the cost of your fare.

    So be it. You cannot and will not resolve those debates alone. You cannot and will not make anyone “happy”. What you have done is to light the fires of imagination in millions of people across the planet. Your personality and your smile, your report of the scent of “burnt almond cookies”…you are the right woman, at the right time, in the right place. I am very proud of you.

    You are a leader now, whether you sought fame or not, it has found you. Don’t let the negativity get to you. Your critics are consumed by it, that’s why they criticize you.
    Lead on, many will follow. Like a previous poster said, it’s time we leave the cradle of earth, and venture out into the stars. Your example, the inspiration you provide, and your efforts via the X-PRIZE, will help show us the way.

    Take very good care of yourself, I hope you are recovering well from micro-gravity, and…don’t let the flies get you down!

    Comment by USMC, Retired (Isfahan, Iran, 1978) — October 3, 2006 @ 12:01 am

  68. Ground Ops knows about the Delete button and might should have used it more often…

    However, it was not used once so far during the moderation of comments on this post.

    All verklempt.. discuss among yourselves.

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 3, 2006 @ 12:02 am

  69. Dear Anousheh,

    I can not even imagine that permanent grin has been converted to a frown of disappointment.We don’t let you to do that.Because now you don’t belong to yourself, but to all of dreamers througout the world.
    Don’t let those few negativities convert the beautiful “World hold on” to “I couldn’t sleep”.Although I think you certainly can understand constructive criticisms and suggestions.
    The following words had been prepared before and I hoped to post them immediately after your new message,to be the first one.But others seem more swift than me!

    Dear Anousheh

    It is too hard for me to leave a comment here in your space blog. Usually I prefer to wait a little until the ado slakes and more rationality comes up.

    But this time I can not withstand, because I fear a golden opportunity may be lost.

    As to your excellent flight to the orbit, it can not be overestimated that how much it was (and is) wonderful, precious, inspiring, and memorable to us. But I would like to make another point.

    You have just got your big fish and generously invited us to share and enjoy. I am sure you don’t mean we just wait for your next catch and again enjoy YOUR fish ! So I think it is the time you begin teaching us “How to fish” before the extinction of this great volcano which you ignited.

    Let’s be more realist. In a few months all these commenters and dreamers will disappear again in their workaday lives. Most of them even will not remember your full name!

    Your invaluable WAVE will damp sooner than that you can believe, unless you inject more energy into it (ex. your next success, and again we will just spectate and applaud! “watching world go by”) or help us to decrease the damping constant of our overdamped oscillations(in the jargon of electronics and network theory, do you remember?).

    We (realist dreamers all over the world) admire you very much, but now that we are ready to move we need the blueprint of the project, the “know-how”, step by step. An instruction manual will be fine! Do you believe that a general recipe is not possible or useful because everyone has her/his own dreams which deserve very special approaches?
    Ok, you just tell us YOUR story (of successes) step by step.We will try to customize it for ourselves.For instance, how could you study in two of the most accredited universities in the US? (Yes it is a dream for many!) Or how did you manage to found a company (TTI) with just $50,000 and after a few years it was rated as one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the US and eventually was sold for over $500,000,000 ?!! ( No, this one is an unimaginable dream for all!). How did you get that bouquet of invaluable awards? How? How? … How?

    Please don’t tell us about theories, just unveil the practical steps for us.
    Tell us “THE” secret!

    You thrilled our hearts, our lives. I hope we can thrill your heart, your life, too.
    I have a lot to write about for you. But now it’s near the dawn and I have to go for eating “sahari”. I pray for you and your family.

    Kamran Derakhshani

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 3, 2006 @ 12:04 am

  70. Thanks Bruce Hoult — hadn’t noticed, how very nice! Anousheh will be needing that Pro Account –

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 3, 2006 @ 12:04 am

  71. I have one word for all you’ve done:


    You bring tears of joy to my eyes. You have accomplished so much in your life, and the best part is that you are not even done. You have so much more to do and you give so much hope and pride to human race and especially to Iranian all over the world.

    Comment by Jahan — October 3, 2006 @ 12:07 am

  72. Hello Anousheh.
    You can never make every body happy.No one can.
    As the great Shamlou said,people who cant or will not try to understand you ,try to push you in defence.Thats when you have to explain every thing you believe in.And even after that they wont believe or try to understand or tolerate you.By going in defensive position You only lose your own valuable time.(of cource they will become glad of that).The time that you need to spend for writing or thinking new things will be gone by than.
    Please continue your way and dont try to explain it to them .
    These kind of people just cant imagin that the Earth is round,and simply are not intrested to know more than wat they can see with their eyes.Most people like your philosophy.
    A.Shamlou: Ey kash mitavanestam,bar shaneh haye khod beneshanam _in khalghe bi shomar ra,gerde hobabe khak begardanam,ta ba do chashme khish bebinand keh khorshideshan kojast va bavaram konand.Ey Kash Mitavanestam!It is now 2 AM hier in Holland and i could not sleep either before i react on this.Go Anoosheh Go!

    Comment by keikavos — October 3, 2006 @ 12:08 am

  73. اگه منم بودم خوابم نمیبرد:
    با تمام آبی آسمان می نویسم در دفتر بزرگ کهکشان . تا یادت برای همیشه بماند .
    از تو می نویسم. از خودم . از لحظات زندگی . لحظاتی که بود . و امروز چه چیزی باقی مانده . یک دفتر بزرگ خط خطی شده . تمام خط نوشته هایش آبی ست .
    روزی آسمان تاریک شد و دلش گرفت . آنقدر که فریادی بلند کشید و نتوانست بغضش را نگاه دارد . بلند بلند گریست . درست مثل همان روز دلتنگی های من . سرم روی زانو هایت بود و بلند گریه می کردم . مثل همان روز دلتنگی آسمان گریستم . بلندِ بلند . و تمام شد . آبی آسمان قطره اشکی شده بود و پائین لغزید . آبی نمام شد و دیگر نتوانست ابرها را از جلوی صورتش بردارد . و چهره من هنوز نتوانسته ابرهایش را کنار بگذارد . آبی آن تمام شد . و قصه اش هنوز نا تمام مانده .

    Comment by جاهد ملک زاده — October 3, 2006 @ 12:13 am

  74. Dear Anousheh,

    Your reaction to the negitive remarks shows just how good of a person you are. While you never wanted to make anyone angry at you, anyone who wrote a negitive or angry remark to you is probably a negitive and angry person in general, esp. with their own lives. That your hurt by what they write shows just how much you care about EVERYONE.

    You gave us so much positive energy and inspiration to look inside ourselves and find that light that you say we all have. Many have looked, and many have found that light, myself included. If your feeling drained by the negativity, please feel free to lean on our shoulder for support and love. It’s the least we could do. It’s not the weight of the world on your shoulders that your feeling, it’s your body getting used to gravity again.

    The world has just seen an intelligent, beautiful, romantic down-to-earth person fulfill a dream they had since their childhood in the skies above them, and dared to share an even bigger dream, one of peace and goodwill for everyone. Please don’t be hurt if everyone didn’t get it Anousheh. It went, well, right over their heads, so to speak.

    Get some sleep!!!
    Joe LePage Florida, USA

    Comment by Joe LePage — October 3, 2006 @ 12:19 am

  75. Anouseh, don’t think hard about negatives. Their writed sort of peoples, who loved paint all around in black colour.
    After discussion with this squalid peoples you have been draggled of stinking grime.
    So why? This blog reading thousands laughing (and sometime crying) peoples from many countries around the world!
    Their interesting your thoughts, your feelings, your experiences and YOU as so attractive women! ;)
    Don’t stop posting in blog! Your need so many peoples!
    Read hundreds grateful comments! Some peoples has first time deep thinking about goals in life. And you have been as catalyst!
    Thank you, Anousheh!

    Misha, Moscow

    P.S. Special for financial_advisors who_loved_give_suggest how_spend_anothers_money:
    Stop posting your jealousy and stupid nonsense! Earn money and advice to itself!

    Comment by Misha — October 3, 2006 @ 12:36 am

  76. Anousheh,

    Those who dream, are the ones that take their imaginations and turn them into the physical limits of possibility. I’m sure there was the few who laughed at the Wright brothers when they decided to design a ‘flying vehicle’. The outcries that were heard when President Kennedy announced the nation’s goal to reach the moon and land on it by the end of the 60’s. And I’m sure everyone has their own personal experiences in adversity and negative feedback. We are so incredibly proud of you, beyond any description words can provide. You have achieved what many of us have dreamed since we looked up at the night sky, and what fewer of us hope to accomplish in their lifetimes. I am an avid pilot, and quite in the community around here. As a matter of fact, I’m returning to flying after a year and half pause that resulted from not too disimilar of a negative feedback. I think that really enforces your will and determination to fulfill your passion. I’m only 18, and they always say…I shouldn’t hope to accomplish much now, or accept any notriety because that would be ‘wrong’. You’ve inspired thousands across the globe, here in the US of A and in Iran. I think that counts for more than any negative comment can hope to even dent or diminish. When I fly, I think of those people on the ground who say ‘oh why do this’ or ‘nah, you shouldn’t its pointless’, and I still can’t help but be mesmerized at how they are still on the ground, wondering what its like to be up there, and I am up there…Now I look up at the moon, and with that same awe, say ‘one day’. Let the negative be your metaphorical magnetic force. You are positive energy…so let the negative be the force to drive you higher and farther…as far and as high as your imagination will let you. Ok…I think I am done with this rant.

    Salams, Love, Peace

    Comment by Oshma Alian — October 3, 2006 @ 12:39 am

  77. Live Long and Prosper !

    Don’t worry too much - a lot of us ‘Get It.’

    Let us hope and work toward continued scholarship to find the ‘loopholes’ in the laws of physics - to allow humans further travel onward and upward to other stars throughout the Milky-way Galaxy.

    It can be done and it will be done.

    The X-prize has inspired people to take on the challenge of space for themselves, and more good things are to come…

    Comment by Trekker Regmet — October 3, 2006 @ 12:40 am

  78. Dear Mrs. Ansari,

    The Interent is a funny (odd) place, as I’m sure you know. To some people, the thrill of life is to ‘bring down’ the ‘king of the hill’ (popular person, good person, etc). To them it is a way of life: some of them are superb at playing it. They find your weak points (”I can’t stand anyone being angry at me”) and they dig, dig, dig.

    Where is it written you must play their game? From the movie WAR GAMES (as best I remember), “Strange game: where the only winning move is not to play”.

    Not to worry Mrs. Ansari. Don’t cast your pearls before swine. You have achived your dream and begun to expand on it by encouraging and inspiring others. The swine want to steal your dream away to the dark side, to dishearten others.

    Focus. Gather your strength: and with lifted spirits, tend the garden you have planeted with your dream. Make it grow :-)

    Kindest regards,
    Clevis Jones

    Comment by Clevis Jones — October 3, 2006 @ 12:53 am

  79. Anousheh jan:

    You inspired me to do what I have always loved best - creative writing - and I haven’t stopped since I started. If it weren’t for you and your courage, I might have never caught on and pursued my own dreams simply because I was too involved in day-to-day activities and might have never had a chance to see the light.

    Reading some of the blogs here, it is evident that you have inspired so many others around the globe who will in turn transfer this energy to their friends, relatives, kids, etc. Paper publications do so much to transfer thoughts and ideas, but with your trip up in space, you proved once and for all that cyberspace is an extremely powerful tool for people to share and extend their feelings.

    I hope you rest and get a good night sleep. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.


    Comment by Neda — October 3, 2006 @ 1:02 am

  80. The fact of the matter is that the Soyuz has three seats. Someone would have been sitting in that third seat on launch day no matter who they were. So $20 Million would have been spent by someone either way. I think you spent that money as wisely as anybody, even in such a way as to inspire many others.

    It seems that the criticism of your trip has come from those who are too concerned about money. However money is only good for material possessions. Throwing money at the problems of the world won’t help one bit. With enough money you could feed the entire world for today, but what about tommorow?

    Yet inspiration, if properly recieved can last a lifetime. One of the people you inspired to try their hardest may end up working toward solving world hunger, and that’s saying nothing of the possibilities of space travel helping humanity.

    Comment by Andrew — October 3, 2006 @ 1:06 am

  81. Dear Anousheh,

    I wrote an early message of encouragement on one of your pre-flight posts and then only read — no, EXPERIENCED all your blog posts since then as so many others have. I only read a few comments and saw only one or two negative ones - but I guess there were more. Many people have written here with genuine and sometimes eloquent words of encouragement - I add my voice and thanks to theirs.

    To have someone share these experiences in such a heartfelt and inspiring way as you have done is truly a gift, a gift to everyone who has read your words or even heard or thought about you. You did not spend that money on yourself. You shared the gift of your experience with the world. Space is an important part of our future, but it is not about space really, it’s about what space can do for humanity, what hope can do for humanity, and what HUMANITY can do for humanity. You are a positive symbol and a positive force in so many ways. Thank you for including us (and our daughters and our sons) in your beautiful dreams. And please keep writing your blog!

    Best wishes,
    Bruce Irving

    Comment by Bruce Irving — October 3, 2006 @ 1:10 am

  82. Dear Anousheh.
    Just think about Galileo,Than you will be happy again .the same people like these were the bruno`s killers.
    Negative people wont dare to do this again and if so,you just send me their worthless emails.I promise you,every one would get his answer and that is:(get a life!)
    You give so much joy and hoop to people.I wish that i had 10000000 people to think of me even if there were a hundred of negatives among them.of course i would have not hesitate a second to ignore those negatives.Please concentrate on your program and dont try to convince them ,that your right.I wait for the rest of the story by you,and pictures or video`s.Thank you very very very very very much!

    Comment by keikavos — October 3, 2006 @ 1:15 am

  83. Anousheh,

    To put it simply….”You GO girl!”

    Comment by Brad — October 3, 2006 @ 1:18 am

  84. Dear Anousheh,

    Congratulations for completion of your mission. I am very proud of you and what you have accomplished through your life so far. I am proud of you, an Iranian women that shows the world despite the old fashion Iranian culture which prevents women from various activities in society - that even now is ruling in Iran - there are women like you who could stand by themselves and do what so many have dreamed of. I admire your courage.

    I was following your progress day by day since almost six month before the launch till now. However, after I read this last post, I am leaving this comment for you to show my sympathy about some criticism you got in your comments. I am a blogger too. I started almost month after the blast of blogging era over internet. I was writing my daily life and my point of views about various subjects in the U.S., in Iran and around the world.

    After five years of blogging experience, I can say it is very exhosting to convince everyone that writing harsh words about what I was writing in my blog is not right. You beautifully explained your experience in space, you dedicated your time and money and your heart to explain in such a wonderful way what we missed up there! Instead, some of us do not remove the black curtain covered our eyes and our hearts. I think we better change our views. Let’s look at things differently and keep the harsh criticism for ourselves.

    God bless you Anousheh jan and keep up the good work.

    - Safa

    Comment by Safa — October 3, 2006 @ 1:18 am

  85. Keep up the good work and please dont get discouraged by the negatives. You are an inspiration to all of us who are chasing our dreams. You have become what many young Iranians need and lack (a couragous, inspiring, sweet, caring, HONEST, and successful role model who has the ability to make a difference in the world. You will become one of the greats in IRanian history. And finally, thank you for your lovely and inspiring blog.

    Comment by iman — October 3, 2006 @ 1:22 am

  86. salam
    anousheh aziz en 3 nazary hast ke midam
    manam 1 eraniam va behtoon eftekhar mikonam
    kash mish=od 1 teke az faza ro beared ???na
    salamat va shad bashed

    Comment by elahe rostami — October 3, 2006 @ 1:31 am

  87. Anousheh,
    Please do not feel upset, you have done so much to inspire so many to allow these negative people to get you down.
    As you quoted earlier
    “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same” and you have.
    rest well,

    Comment by Kate — October 3, 2006 @ 1:31 am

  88. They’re just jealous! I on the other hand am envious - thanks for the inspiration, i perhaps too am ‘pathetically sad’ as i had a emotional moments reading about your ‘vacation’ too. Some of us are like that - bless our souls we can enjoy life through other people’s eyes too.

    Comment by missd — October 3, 2006 @ 1:35 am

  89. Last week I was at a haircut place and since the nice young lady who was cutting my hair happened to be a compatriot, I asked her if she had heard about your trip. She replied: “oh yes…I heard it cost alot of money…and I heard that if she had paid a little more they would have let her walk outside”. Much surprised I asked: “Outside? space walk is risky business” to which she replied: “space walk? isn’t she on the moon?”. No, I said she is in the international space station. “What’s that?” she said. After explaining what the space station is, she said: “why didn’t she go to the Moon or Mars instead?”. Anyway, it just goes to show how little people know about space, space explorations and the efforts put forth by people in the U.S., Russia and other countries to make a simple trip happen.
    Maybe XPrize can put a stop to that.

    As far as negative comments go, there are still people out there who believe the trip to moon never happened.

    By the way, one question I have for space scientists (and XPrize folks) is: how much pollution do the Space Shuttle or the Soyuz generate? Is it going to become a problem if there are 100’s or 1000’s of trips to space everyday much like airline flights of today?

    p.s. I hope the lady at Super Cuts doesn’t read this blog or else I would hate to think how my hair will look like next time I pay a visit to her :)

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

  90. Anousheh, Greetings
    For one thing..You have given Iranian Americans something to be cheerful about, to be proud of. And no doubt this is true of millions of Iranian citizens. I am also happy to see the first Iranian in space to be a woman. And you did it the hard way without financial support from any government. With respect to your space blog….as they say in the old country, what comes from the heart, sits at the heart. The most wonderful images for me personally were the reflections in your face of the sublime beauty you were observing tru the window of the space station. Persevere
    Bacheh Khuzistan

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

  91. Dear Anousheh, it seems like most if not all of the negative comments were left by people who read a headline or saw something on TV and rushed to the blog to spout their opinions without reading anything here, so they’re not really responding to you, just to their own preconceptions.

    Except for Shubber Ali, who has read everything and still acts like he doesn’t “get it”

    Comment by spacefaring — October 3, 2006 @ 1:54 am

  92. Few had the privilege to see our planet from up above, so for me, as I followed your flight, I could feel your emotions through your writing. GOOD FOR YOU!

    Comment by Jocelyn Trottier — October 3, 2006 @ 1:57 am

  93. Just wanted to write and say this is awesome to get the chance to see someone make history blogging in space. We hope your trip is awesome and will be praying for a safe trip! Sincerely Banner Family!!!

    Comment by Bree & Bren ,Kenzie,Laci ,Braxton & Brayden Banner — October 3, 2006 @ 2:00 am

  94. Anousheh…..The first American astronauts had every minute of their flights broadcast through my school classroom speakers. Everything stopped for those few hours of space excitement ! When Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins went to the moon I stayed up half the night to watch and listen. I have followed the space program from the beginning and have never been more excited about it than I have been with your postings ! I recently listened to a talk by one of the 12 lucky men who walked on the moon…to him it was a great adventure and a “mission accomplished”…not spiritual. Maybe it takes a woman’s touch. You touched me ! THANK-YOU !!!

    Comment by Bill from Chicken Bridge — October 3, 2006 @ 2:01 am

  95. [i]Except for Shubber Ali, who has read everything and still acts like he doesn’t “get it”[/i]

    It’s not an act. I don’t “get it” if you refer to the kool-aid sipping “get it”. But if you mean do i understand that someone bought a ticket (something done before and will be again) to a heavily subsidized government hotel in space, yeah, I guess I get it.

    What i don’t get is the reaction of all you space tragics.

    Comment by Shubber Ali — October 3, 2006 @ 2:01 am

  96. Man hamisheh mahv zibaie aaseman budam va inak ba budan shoma dar aseman be shak aseman zibatr khahad bud.Beh shoma eftekhar mikonm va az hala bayad beh fereshteh zibay aseman niz beh khod balid.
    Moafagh bashid choon hamisheh.

    Comment by Ali — October 3, 2006 @ 2:04 am

  97. Someday you will understand Shubber dear. Space tragics :-) Takes one to know one !

    Comment by spacefaring — October 3, 2006 @ 2:04 am

  98. My dear Anousheh,

    I’ve been reading and spreading around your blogs and every bit of news I could get my hands on since early September. It has been a joy to follow your amazing journey. I’ve been in the aerospace industry for many years and as fascinating space exploration is to me, what truly have captivated me over the past month are your down to earth spirit and your radiant energy. Your ability to write so simply from the heart, your analogies drawing from both cultures, your choice of words, your cheerful demeanor, and your openness to share your feelings and emotions so beautifully… wow, its truly a gift that you have, and in return you have generously shared that gift with all of us.

    That little girl’s dream to float and reach the stars entailed something much bigger and beyond her imagination… I’m not sure we know what that is yet; yes it is partly about space exploration, following one’s dreams, saving our beautiful Earth… but it seems even bigger than all of those. It may be about bringing people from all corners of the world together, in a magical way. What ever it might be, it is still brewing and in the interim it has many positive effects. It has cheered and inspired millions of people. Sure, along with those millions, there are some that are a bit skeptical or critical; but if everyone always agreed with and approved everything we did, what a boring and unchallenging world that would be!!! ;-) So, march on, follow your dreams, keep inspiring the young and old… And keep smiling, we’re smiling back. :)

    As a woman, an engineer, a GMU alumnus, and once a little girl also fascinated with stargazing the beautiful night skies of Tehran, I’m filled with joy, pride, and excitement over your journey. I wish you continued success and many more safe missions on Earth and in orbit.

    Warmest Regards… oh, that’s too formal, a big warm hug!
    Homa Sajadian

    Comment by Homa Sajadian — October 3, 2006 @ 2:16 am

  99. […] The first Iranian-American, female Muslim space tourist who wrote frequent entries to her popular blog while in space is home safe and sound and wrestling with some negative feedback regarding her trip. Her most recent post addresses the feedback and it’s sad that she even had to explain herself to these unjustified critics. But like she said, she couldn’t sleep… and we all know that feeling. […]

    Pingback by Heathen6 » Blog Archive » Welcome Home Anousheh Ansari — October 3, 2006 @ 2:28 am

  100. It’s always a pleasure reading your blog.I always see to it to visit your blogsite everyday and find out what is new.I am very thankful of what you have done. It’s awesome! Many like me will never forget you, particularly YOU, and the pictures and write ups you posted here. Thank you very much.. .Also, please understand that there are people who feel negatively to what you have done.Don’t mind them. You know you can not please every one. But for me and many others, you will always be a heroine and a model citizen of this World. God bless.

    Comment by Jun Uera, Malolos City Philippines — October 3, 2006 @ 2:28 am

  101. Anousheh - Thank you for your courage, authenticity, and your willingness to truly live into your life’s purpose here on the planet. You are an inspiration. Although everyone might not understand your path, as long as you’re connected to your inner guidance (which is connected to the truth of all things), you’re right on target. As we all begin to connect to our higher purpose and meaning, the world has the opportunity to shift and reach higher levels of consciousness then every before imagined. So, keep with it! My support is with you, and I’m sending tons of love & light your way.

    Comment by Nancy Shuford — October 3, 2006 @ 2:34 am

  102. برايم اهميتي ندارد كه اگر اين بار هم نظرم ثبت نشود چون در درجه اول آنرا براي دلم مينويسم، اما فقط كوتاه براي اينكه بداني كه اين كار تو منبع الهام و انرژي براي حركت من شد حركت در مسيرهاي سخت و ناممكن، چون اگر انساني با اين جايگاه اجتماعي عزم آن كند كه چنين كهكشان را در هم نوردد پس براي مني كه مي خواهم در روي زمين دست به كاري بزنم بهانه اي ديگر نخواهد بود از تو روحيه و انرژي براي حل مشكلات را ياد گرفتم اگر فقط نتيجه سفر تو به فضا فقط هم همين براي هزاران انسان باشد باز دستاورد بزرگي است

    Comment by محمدرضا — October 3, 2006 @ 2:35 am

  103. Anousheh….Welcome back. The world is full of negative people who won’t do anything, go anywhere and accomplish anything. I want to ask you a simple question, why do you bother with them? Most people will not accomplish in their life time as much as you have done in the past year, not to mention the past 15 years. They will always stay bitter, angry, and jealous. You can’t change people and you shouldn’t feel the need to justify yourself. Think about all the people that you have inspired and moved by your actions and your words. Someone in one of the comments mentioned that how can one person be beautiful, smart and brave? They forgot to add “and have such a heart.” Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Reading about your experiences has been priceless.

    Comment by another silent observer — October 3, 2006 @ 2:41 am

  104. Dearest ANGEL Anousheh,

    Please DO NOT despair ! Those who lash out, do so only to test your strength. You are PURE of Heart, like those before you, and the Millions you have touched, INSPIRED, and awakend now, with your words. The ones who are not only wish to take away from the ones who do.

    We all have gained SO MUCH and it has been such an HONOR sharing your dream & incredibly Dangerous and complex experience.

    Anousheh, you are an Angel from the heavens now, STRONG is the Force in you ! Life is not measured by HOW many breaths we take, but by the MOMENTS that take our breath away. YOU have taken OUR breath away !!

    With GRACIOUS THANKS and Tears in my eyes for those who are to afraid to see, I Pray all the best for you and that Your eyes my see these words. I hope that our paths may cross in the future.

    Live Long and PROSPER !

    Comment by Antonio — October 3, 2006 @ 3:02 am

  105. dear anousheh,

    I’ve been reading your blog from day 1 and i just wanna let you know how inspiring your blog is. i felt like you took all of us to space with you. don’t be bothered by negative comments. after i read your blog today, it made me go back to your old blogs and read the other senders blog and there i found and read the negative comments you’re talking about. those people are the ones who have bitterness in their heart. they probably don’t know how to appreciate small good things so how could we expect them to appreciate big things, right? We just hope that it wont stop you from sharing your inspiring words to us. You might have finished your journey in space but please don’t stop your journey here on earth because we’re still with you, riding with you in your spaceship of dreams. More power to you and take care.

    Comment by NGTCALIFORNIA — October 3, 2006 @ 3:03 am

  106. Hi Anousheh:

    Just look at politician and see how they ignore people, even themselves, who objecting them. They live their normal life, as if nothing ever happening around them. You better do the same, I guess.

    One day, please watch speech between members of parliament in Canada and see how the opposition groups and leader group, literally fight with each other almost for anything and you will never get disappointed by some criticisms anymore.

    By the way, I don’t like politician and believe that world would be a better place without them.

    You inspire me; since your space journey began, I am watching NASA TV on internet, interested on space missions and also reading your blog. This is my 5th emails to you!

    Keep blogging
    Hamilton from Canada

    Comment by Hamilton — October 3, 2006 @ 3:05 am

  107. Ms. Ansari,

    Don’t let the [bleeped] get you down. You’re doing great work. Keep things in perspective and try to maintain a sense of humor. You’ve made the world a bigger, more intereting place for millions of young women (young men too for that matter) just by being you. Nobody should ever take that away from you. Don’t let them.

    Best Wishes!


    Comment by Jack — October 3, 2006 @ 3:12 am

    Commenters! This is not a “negative” comment!
    Please do NOT insult me and do NOT call me moron,stupid,jealous,deprived,etc.!

    Dear lovely Anousheh,

    Just five or six “negative” comments out of more than one thousand made you upside down.Even if you had recieved thousands of “negative” comments and just one “positive” one you should have done with more “tolerance”.You are supposed to be our “role model”,do you remember?
    And this is what we all need in the first step toward a better world:”Tolerance of each other”.
    Why do you call them “negative”at all? I believe they are wrong and uninformed about your points and your investments in many foundations for radical change of the globe and your charities.But they declared just their opinions.Most of them just had some question which you could have answered or simply ignored them.But now the magnificent WAVE of inspiration of the “World hold on” is being converted to a malign wave of hate and hostility!
    Do you really believe that the rest is “positive”? Which one of them made a realistic suggestion to fulfil the “duty”?OK,they are heartwarming, but I think that’s enough.Now is the time to work on our “duties” and this will automatically filter the comments,decreasing the number but enhancing the value.
    I suggest you to withdraw your last post and delete all its comments(even this one!) and let us return to our sweet world of “World hold on”.I was (and am) trying on your points in that blog post seriuosly and hope I can come up very soon with some practical suggestions.

    We love you forever and don’t let you to get disappointed.

    Kamran Derakhshani

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 3, 2006 @ 3:25 am

  109. Although as someone wrote some where (I can’t even remember now) that you are not the first to pay for a trip to the ISS, you are the first who has had the intelligence, guts, and motivation to be real with the world and to connect with us in a way that those that went up before you have not. I am inspired by not only what you have accomplished in your life to get to this point, but by your willingness to selflessly share your amazing journey with the world in a way that we have not seen prior to this blog. Anousheh, you aren’t a person that works hard for fame, you are a person that works hard for a better life (not just for you but for all of us). I, in a wierd way, enjoy reading about the negative things that people say about this blog, only because they are making myself and the rest of the world only push harder and dream harder for a better life - despite what they say. No more war, no more of this bickering about unimportant things. Enough is enough… War is stupid, yelling at each other is stupid. Jealously and violence and corruption - all a waste of our precious time here on Earth. I know that all of us have strong feelings about current events (and past events) around the world. But it takes people like you (and like a lot of us reading your blog) to do something about it all. I know that when we look back at 2006 we will remember that awesome gift that you have given to us - a trip to space, not just for you, not just because you could afford it - a trip to space for all of us, a trip to space because you deserved it and because you wanted to share it with us, because you wanted the world to start changing. Well, guess what? The world is about to change. You’ve shown us that it’s time for a new era. I really don’t care if people think I’m being overly optimistic or not, but I’m ready to do what I can to change the world and I know that after this whole trip and return from the ISS you have shown that we can actually get along internationally (beyond the space station) and that we don’t have to follow the rest of the sheep. We don’t have to settle for what we’ve been handed. I am inspired and like many will continue to pursue my dreams just as you do. It takes a normal person to show the rest of us that we can do what is not normally achievable.

    Comment by Jason D. A. - USA — October 3, 2006 @ 3:27 am

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

    Well, I am already inspired by space flight, but your flight, has made my flame burn brighter. Down here in New Zealand it’s a bit like seeing a fire with lots going on around it, but it’s over the river and I haven’t got a boat. It is so frustrating. So actually being let into your space flight from beginning to end is a jewel. I have studied space flight, dreamed of space flight, and feel honoured to have been a part of your dreamed that you…thank God achieved. You must write a book…ask me to help…I am wanting to get involved…I am a writer and can visualize it.Travel the world with your book, slides, videos, Cd’s, and tell us all about everything. Your the only person I have ever ‘met’ who has the enthusiasm and passion for space exploration like I have. I have watched all your videos’, and slide shows…and see a unique book that will unfold your road to success, your insights, passion, adventure and spirit. And the future with Spaceship 2. As you say, don’t stand by and let the dream shrink away, stand tall and do it! New Zealand is quite negative place overall, especially with space flight, so I find it rather sorry here. But your a shining star that cuts through it all. People say to me, “what makes you think you can do this or that?”- in a derogatory way. And I reply- “because know one told me I shouldn’t.”

    ‘Go Anousheh go’

    Cheers- Geoff

    Comment by Geoff Weston — October 3, 2006 @ 3:27 am

  111. Your reaction is very human, sweet and genuine. I love people who take things personally and to the heart and it shows that you are a true person and after reading your comment, I believe that you have not changed by money or fame. We all have different vantage points in life and communication is all about trying to understand what the other person sees, feels, thinks. I don’t think that people are ‘jealous’ or evil as others here have suggested; they are just sharing their views as you and everyone else here are doing. Be strong, believe in what you do and continue to make a difference. Peace.

    Comment by Nasi — October 3, 2006 @ 3:28 am

  112. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody - Bill Cosby

    come on, you been to the outer space, you must know how to handle people on earth.

    Comment by Nasir Ismail — October 3, 2006 @ 3:28 am

  113. Dear Anousheh,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are a hero and a role model for following your dreams. You are a true space explorer, as deserving of our praise and admiration as any of the astronauts and cosmonauts that have traveled into space before you. You are brave and have sacrificed much to make this happen, just like them. You have risked your life for what you believe in, just like them. The world has watched in fascination and awe as you brought your adventure into the lives of ordinary people, just like them. And you have lifted all of us up with your efforts and let us see the earth as truly being without boundaries, just like them.

    Your legacy will be to have inspired everyone to reach for the stars in their own lives.

    I salute you, Anousheh Ansari, Space Explorer.

    Comment by Larry — October 3, 2006 @ 3:48 am

  114. Dear Anousheh,

    Thank you for your courage — you are finding it takes as much or more courage to become a “public figure” (open to negativity and criticism) as it took to travel into space!! Please try to ignore the negative and naysayers, and remember that many more people love you than do not. You have touched so many lives and inspired countless people — young and old, women and men, Iranian, American, and all around the world.

    Thank you for your gift and your message. Please continue to share your experience and your vision with the world.

    Dr. John T.
    Southwest Virginia

    Comment by John T. — October 3, 2006 @ 3:49 am

  115. Yes, I totally agree with above:
    “You’ve been to the outer space, you must know how to handle people on earth. ”
    Even we know it may be more difficult to handle. :)
    Cheer up! Lady.
    It was my first time to read your blog, not expected that you are writing such dull words after you came back to earth.
    Maybe people will normally have such feeling when they experienced some exciting things-Up, and down, then up again.

    Hope you can cheer up soon. See, so many people support you and encourage you.
    Those who have negative comments, just let them be.

    Comment by 赵艳娜 — October 3, 2006 @ 3:54 am

  116. This has probably already been posted, but I noticed there are some nice photos on the Exepdition 13 gallery:

    Comment by James, Mountain View, CA — October 3, 2006 @ 4:06 am

  117. Negative comments like those of S. Ali stray into the territory of ad hominem attacks–that should give you some sense of the ultimate value of their opinions. As someone earlier noted, the imaginations of the silent majority are fired up by your account of the trip. I don’t recall reading Denis Tito’s blog of his experience. For all the rest of us, your blog has become our vicarious way of going into space, too. I guess the negatives are bitter they couldn’t be there in person?

    Anyway, as a writer who’s received the occasional negative comment, I am very familiar with how these things can get under your skin. Soon enough, you’ll laugh and brush these things off. Your account of your trip has indirectly done more for new space/alt space than anything since Space Ship One (which I’ve heard you may know something about ;-)). That is something no one can take away from you.

    Comment by Bruce — October 3, 2006 @ 4:09 am

  118. i honestly think you shouldnt give a crap about anyones comments, this is ur blog, its like ur journal ur diary, who cares what other people say, everything you write are your thoughts what other people think is their problem not yours. keep writing if u enjoy it, if u dont then stop, its simple, dont get so wound up in the negative comment stuff, people who are miserable are negative, let them live their own lack lustre miserable lives, they deserve it. :)

    Comment by everythingiseventual — October 3, 2006 @ 4:15 am

  119. 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
    Moral Conclusion:Are we feel any responsibility against the human being?

    actually, 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 3, 2006 @ 4:18 am

  120. Anousheh,

    Grazie, Salud, Merci, in a thousand languages, Thank you,

    You may not have been looking for fame; but, you found it!
    And the reason you did, is you fulfilled the dream of a million or perhpas 50 million of us normal ordinary people; that, a normal ordinary person could make their way to the top, and actuall spend time in outer space as an equal with those who were formerly only representatives of governments and political organizations. You are the first “individual” to escape gravity.

    And we salute you :)

    Thank you again,

    Mitch Ronco

    Comment by Mitch @ ImmortalityInternational.com — October 3, 2006 @ 4:33 am

  121. Dearest Anousheh

    Have you noticed how everyone is calling you on first name terms as I have here, even contrary to normal Iranian culture? It is because of your transparent sincerity, which you have shared with us, even in this post. You have touched millions of hearts. Somehow your uncomplicated honesty shone through.

    Most of us Iranians, especially those living in the West like me, realise what you are doing. By mentioning Iran in every post, by proudly wearing an Iranian flag alongside the Stars and Stripes you are aware that you are possibly closing some doors to yourself in the West, especially in the current negative climate regarding Iran. Had you gone as “Annie Ansari” draped in the American flag, you might have had a lot more coverage in the US. But not forgetting your past was more important to you.

    I don’t know what more a mortal can do than to fly the Iranian flag in space. Just remember the positive, namely that you now have hundreds of thousands of true friends, including myself, whose outlook to life you have unknowingly changed for ever. Even if you stop everything today, you cannot take that away from us. I am not exaggerating when I say we love you.

    Comment by kaveh — October 3, 2006 @ 4:33 am

  122. انوشه عزیز سلام
    از اینکه سلامت و موفق به زمین بازگشتی بسیار خوشحالم. از اون روزی که اولین اخبار راجع به سفر شما یه فضا رو شنیدم تا امروز پیگیر اخبار مربوط به شما بودم. ما ایرانی ها به شما افتخار می کنیم و شما رو الگوی تلاش برای رسیدن به اهداف مان قرار میدهیم.
    به امید دیدار شما در ایران
    مریم از کاشان

    Comment by مریم — October 3, 2006 @ 5:02 am

  123. Dear Anousheh,

    Truly, we can’t please everyone. No matter how much we try to do good things, there really is a big possibility that there are some people out there who’s just happy and contented saying bad things to other people. I’ve been reading some of the comments and i think there are only 2 entries that i find negative… although i can’t understand Iranian entries.

    Don’t mind them.. be strong and continue your journey and do whatever you think makes you happy. Remember that you are an inspiration to most of us and we are thankful that you’re sharing with us your thoughts, emotions and dreams. My husband who’s not really interested in Science/Space loves to hear my stories about you. Every night, you’re one of our topics and I am happy he’s looking forward to my stories about your trip and your blog.

    I really feel for you. Maybe because we’re both girls and we easily get hurt if there’s someone who’s not happy with what we’re doing. But it’s their choice.. and our choice is to make the majority happy.

    So cheer up and live your life to the fullest. I guess their just envious of your achievements. And there’s nothing we can do about it.

    More power to you.

    Maribel (Manila, Philippines)

    Comment by Maribel — October 3, 2006 @ 5:03 am

  124. re: Comment by morteza — October 3, 2006 @ 4:18 am –
    You are repeating yourself word for word. Can’t you think of anything new to say?

    re: Comment by Bruce — October 3, 2006 @ 4:09 am
    Don’t be so hard on Shubber. I wouldn’t call that an attack — he probably just forgot that Dennis Tito didn’t blog from space and will now change his mind!

    Comment by spacefaring — October 3, 2006 @ 5:04 am

  125. I think the blog from space is a great idea. I’ve been following it ever since you launched. I haven’t been reading the comments, though unfortunately it’s not surprising that some are negative. Truly, I don’t understand their claims, they are entirely without logical foundation.

    Tonight I watched the video of the Soyuz disengaging from the station. Just that one thing made me giddy; I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be there, though your posts being so open and authentic give me some idea. Maybe you should refrain from reading the comments until you’re back into the routine of gravity-based life. :)

    My philosophy is that I am who am I, and I don’t apologize for that. To those who criticize me without knowing me, I will not offer them proof of my intentions against their ill-founded ideas. They have no right to ask it of me.

    Peace be with you.

    Comment by Paul H — October 3, 2006 @ 5:11 am

  126. I would like to thank you for all you have provided in this blog, and am very disappointed that you are receiving any negative comments. I can only believe those comments are due to very jealous people. Through the sharing of your adventure, you have allowed many to dream, and that is very positive. There are so many little details about traveling to space that I would like to question, but I am going to hope that you write a book that covers all. Please ignore those that are negative, they are just part of the problem this world faces, rather than part of the solution like you have been, and for that I sincerely thank you.

    Comment by Chuck Smith — October 3, 2006 @ 5:14 am

  127. زمانی که آدم در معرض قضاوت گروه زیادی از افراد قرار می کیرد باید انتظار طیف وسیعی از برخوردها و اظهار نظرها را داشته باشد .بنابر این اصل این است که آدم بر مبنای اصول ومنش اعتقادی خودش حرکت کند و فکر می کنم فقط به همین روش می شود امیدوار بود که اگر دست آورد ما ناچیز بود که البته در مورد شما این طور نیست ؛ به جایی برسیم که لااقل از تلاشمان احساس رضایت کنیم.

    Comment by ziba — October 3, 2006 @ 5:17 am

  128. re : comment by morteza - oct 3, 2006 @4:33AM
    You sounds sooooo pathetic.. . . Wake up man!

    Comment by Jun Uera — October 3, 2006 @ 5:17 am

  129. I remember the news of spaceflight since the start, but never got an idea of what is was like until reading your blog. Astronauts and cosmonauts, as professionals and aviators, tend to downplay the discomforts, and even the sense of wonder from being there and observing the earth from space. I’m sure many have written their accounts, but I never expect a space “insider” to write from the viewpoint of an ordinary person, as you have been able to do.

    It’s amazing to me that it takes large subscription payments from people and organisations like you and yours to represent us in space, and that NASA has not sent writers, poets or artists to describe the experience for us. Perhaps Christa McCaulife and the Challenger tragedy is given as the reason, yet I am sure she would have been the first to support continuation of her role in space missions. You have done so, most effectively!

    Comment by David — October 3, 2006 @ 5:26 am

  130. Hey Anousheh,
    I`m not writing this as a woman, Iranian or even an astronomy fan, just someone who is fascinated by what you`re doing. try to keep the negative people of this world out of your head (remember - you`re not even in their world at the moment!).
    Unfortunately for someone as caring as you, you can`t please everyone all the time, especially when millions of people are tuning in to listen to you.
    Stay strong, and keep going!
    All the luck in the world!

    Comment by Hugh — October 3, 2006 @ 5:26 am

  131. It would be easy to say “don’t listen to the angry ones”, but anyway, don’t listen.
    Nomatter what you do, or write, there will always be somone envy what you are doing. (Me for an example) But some of them have a narrow mind, thinking, “noone should have it better than me!” and those people may came out sour.
    I hav been reading you blog every day, and it gives me a chill everytime. I think it’s because you just did, what i always have want to do, but now i don’t think it will happend. Therefore i read your blog, and to tell the truth, i was up ther with you.
    Bless you and keep up.
    Best thanks and reguardes from Denmark.

    Comment by Henrik Værum Høgh — October 3, 2006 @ 5:27 am

  132. Ure blog was fantastic….Why dont u write something about ure re-entry experince..Post some re entry videos if u have

    Comment by Girish — October 3, 2006 @ 5:29 am

  133. Dear Anousheh,

    I have been blogging in Farsi for a few years. If you ever decide to work with Geoff (or anyone else) to help you write your book, I would be willing to translate it into Farsi. If you get a chance, please take a look at the translations of your writings and let me know if I have done justice to your words. You can get there by clicking on my name below. Ofcourse, I did the translations very fast and very late at night so they have not been edited yet. I will also have to do more research on finding the equivalent of some technical words. And one more thing, I am not looking for any sort of financial rewards from this work at all. You have done enough for everyone and it would just be an honor to do this work for you.

    Comment by Tourang — October 3, 2006 @ 5:32 am

  134. To Anousheh,

    I would like to thank you for sharing your experience. Your weblog is both inspiration and entertaining (apples in 0g are very entertaining). Also I would like to remind people that (as far as I am aware) you have no duty to share with us. It is not something we should expect, and we are very lucky that you have taken on the task of using your experience to inspire others.

    I have a note about criticism though. Some criticism is only from people with nothing better to do, which is unfortunate for them. If you are public in any way, it must be expected (as the quote from Aristotle given above elegantly explains). However, some criticism (painful as it may be) can be constructive and force us to re-examine our beliefs. Some of my best learning has come from constructive criticism. Though even with this in mind, just because a question (or criticism) is directed towards you does not mean you are responsible for answering it.

    Comment by Rueben — October 3, 2006 @ 5:34 am

  135. Anoushe jan,
    I read one of the –ve comments in which that 20 million dollars was mentioned and I was going to reply : “No she doesn’t need to spend that amount of money for hungry kids, she worked so hard to make her dream come true, and I personally don’t see anything wrong with that!!! Those spoiled celebrities who spend 400000 $ for clothing in one day need to go and feed hungry kids, not Anoushe!!!”
    Please don’t be disappointed, and please keep on writing. You know it in your heart that you inspired more than a nation. Women like you and Shirin Ebadi are more than inspiration for all of us. I would be so disappointed if stop communicating with all of through this blog. Like a lot of ppl, I didn’t know anything about space until you went there and now because of you , I am all excited about the space. None of the previous space tourists cared enough to share their trips with us, so thank you for doing that, and thank you for writing from your heart and thank you for making all Iranian and all women proud. To those who think you are trying to show off I have to say, I personally saw you on the cover of magazines before , so to me your face was not new, but dream was!!
    Please keep up the good work . I wrote a piece about you in my blog and would honored if you take a look . Thanks a lot for being you.

    Comment by Mahsan — October 3, 2006 @ 5:38 am

  136. Comment by morteza — October 3, 2006 @ 4:18 am

    sounded like a high school kid who used the internet while his parents were sleeping.

    vain woman?
    yeah right,that’s why Iranian women cladded in Hijab tried hard to take a glimpse of her flying to the outer space in Tehran:

    Comment by Nasir Ismail — October 3, 2006 @ 5:41 am

  137. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Just ignore the negative persons, there’s always someone who enjoys making other people sad. Focus on the positive messages.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 3, 2006 @ 5:45 am

  138. انوشه جان سلام
    در خبرها آمده است كه براي سال 2008 مجددا براي سفر به فضا پذيرفته شده ايد.
    اين پيروزي بزرگ را به شما و همه دانش پژوهان عزيز تبريك عرض مي كنم
    لطفا شما به برخي از نظرات افراد كه شما زمينه دخالتشان را در اين وبلاگ فراهم كرده ايد اهميت ندهيد. زيرا توري را كه شما به دريا انداخته ايد فقط ماهي هاي درشت و خوب را صيد نمي كند بلكه همراه آنها همه گونه ماهي از جمله مقدار زيادي آشغال هم صيد مي شود و شما ناچاريد كه آن آشغالها را نيز تحمل كنيد.
    اما بعد مي توانيد آنها را بيرون بريزيد
    پس اهميتي براي برخي از نظرات كوته فكرانه ندهيد و سعي كن به
    اقتضاي فطرت پاكت كه نه نياز به تمجيد دارد و نگران حسادتهاست عمل كني
    شايد از آن نظراتي را كه من به آنها عنوان آشغال داده ام بتواني بازيافتشان كني و از قسمت هاي مفيدشان استفاده كني مثل بازيافت عرق لباستان در فضا براي تامين آب مورد نيازتان
    به هر حال نظرات و پيشنهادات يك اثر سينرژيك دارند و حتي نظرات كوچك و پيش پا افتاده هم باعث بروز ايده هاي جديد تر و جرقه اي براي نظرات بعدي هستند
    ضمنا يك ايميل به آدرس الكترونيكي شما ارسال كرده ام انشالله سر فرصت
    آنر لطفا پاسخ دهيد
    قديميها مي گفتند گوينده ممكن است هر كسي باشداما شنونده بايد عاقل باشد.
    قبلا از هرگونه راهنمايي شما متشكرم
    موفق تر از هميشه و با دلگرمي بيشتر منتظر نوشته هاي زيباي شما هستيم
    از طرف حامد و شيما از ارمنستان

    Comment by Hamed& Shima — October 3, 2006 @ 5:50 am

  139. Thank you, Anousheh. Your blog was more fun and interesting than I imagined it would be. I felt like I was with you and I don’t think you could do any better than that! It’s hard to remember all the astronauts/cosmonauts but I’ll certainly remember you. And, when I watch the ISS go by, I won’t be able to not think about that stick of lip gloss floating around somewhere up there. :)

    Comment by Tom T — October 3, 2006 @ 6:15 am

  140. Hi Anousheh,

    Thank you for everything that you are doing for our world…

    I have been totally inspired by your writings…

    I feel real sad when I hear that “your dream” is raising negative criticism… I remember a piece in the Spiderman movie where the uncle tells Peter: “With great power comes great responsibilty”… Thank YOU for holding the responsibility that comes with your power…

    You are awesome…

    Comment by Gayo Primic — October 3, 2006 @ 6:27 am

  141. Anounseh, at the end of the day, what is important, is that there are a LOT MORE people who approved w/ what you have done, & acknowledged your contribution to human history as a space explorer.

    There will always be detractors, but I believe they are a MINORITY. Just don’t mind them.

    Thanks for your blog. I am sure that a hundred, or two hundred years from now, future space explorers will be getting a lot of inspiration from your words. These will be the people who will be exploring the Solar System, & beyond.

    Live long, & prosper.

    Comment by R. Kabanlit — October 3, 2006 @ 6:32 am

  142. Even God can’t please everybody, just ask any atheist.

    Seriously though, if you set yourself the impossible goal of pleasing everybody, then you’ve set yourself up for failure. Enjoy what you have done. Look forward to what else you will achieve.

    Better to done something when there was opportunity, than to spend the remainder of your life wondering what-if. History doesn’t record the names of those who complained about the obvious, only those who actually did something to change the obvious.

    Comment by Jeff Cheah — October 3, 2006 @ 6:32 am

  143. Anousha, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings during your trip; reading them has made me feel as if I know you. You have made me realize what a wonderful thing it is to be human and living in such an amazing era. I admire what you have done, and I admire what you stand for. Not everyone can be as proud of you or as inspired by you as I am, but many of us are. The rest are merely threatened by the strength of your spirit, so try not to take them very seriously. There are always unhappy people ready to throw mud on the achievements of others.

    Through your blog, you have brought the experience of space travel to the gravity-bound like no one else has before you. You have inspired possibly thousands or young people to aim toward careers in science. This is an awesome achievement. You make me proud to be human.

    Comment by Patrick — October 3, 2006 @ 6:37 am

  144. Ms. Ansari, (Anousheh, if I may)

    I must endorse all the heartfelt admiration (and gratitude) posted on your blog. We owe you a debt that few of us can repay.

    But please, don’t become a ’space evangelist’, just continue to do what you have been doing. Most importantly, continue to chase your personal dreams and (as and where you can) take the rest of us along with you. For all the achievements,space exploration has been blanketed in hype and unfulfilled promise. It is those who quietly get on and get the job done that truly inspire. Yourself, (and Dennis, Mark and Greg before you) and people like Burt Rutan and Robert Bigelow.

    Telling youngsters they can live their dreams won’t motivate them, but showing them will.

    As for the criticisms, in such a public forum, success will always bring a reaction from those who feel it underscores their own inadequacies. Ignore it.

    Respectfully, Pat.

    Comment by Pat Whitaker — October 3, 2006 @ 6:40 am

  145. Dear Anousheh,

    Continue to write from your heart try not to take negative comments personally, they are from people with shallow souls who can not endure the pure joy you showed in your actions and writings. I enjoyed your every moment in space from the earth, and your words move me by their honesty and clarity of vision.

    Pick the comments to ponder as you would a basket of fruit, the rotten items are discarded without remorse to enjoy the tasty fruits of your endeavor!


    Comment by Helton Bare — October 3, 2006 @ 6:42 am

  146. Hi Anousheh,

    I am truly inspired by your writings… and what you are doing for OUR world…

    Ignore the negative stuff…

    I’m reminded of this piece out of the Spider-Man movie… “With great power comes great responsibility”… Thank YOU for taking the responsibility and using your power…

    You are awesome!!!

    Comment by Gayo Primic — October 3, 2006 @ 6:42 am

  147. سلام
    یک اتفاق است که ذهن هزارن نفر را دگرگون میکند شاید سفر هیجان انگیز شماهمین اتفاق بود که هزارن نفر مثل من را که همواره بی تفاوت از زیر سقف آسمان می گذشتیم را آنچنان سر ذوق آورده است که بی صبرانه انتظار بکشیم که آن آرزوی بزرگ شما که رفتن با آسانسور به فضا است محقق شود فکر می کردم اگر جای شما بودم چه اتفاقی برایم می افتاد

    سرکار خانم انوشه انصاری
    سفیر محترم علمی -فرهنگی از فضا

    آنچه به ذهنم دائم متبادر می شود این است که فارغ از دوران سفر یرای شما که خود را نه لزوما یک توریست فضایی بلکه یک سفیر می دانید دوران بعد از سفر هم مسوولیت هایی دارد مسوولیتی که شما را در دستیابی به آرزوی رفتن به فضا پرانگیزه تر کرده است کمااینکه در مطالبتان به آن اشاره کرده اید
    برای این که این ایده را تقویت کنم شما را به این نکته توجه می دهم که در کشور متوسط و جهان سومی مثل ایران که از فرط سیاست زدگی فرصت و شانس تفریح بدون دغدغه راهم از همشهریانشان سلب می کند افراد زیادی داستان انوشه را پیگیری می کنند. آنقدر موضوع جذاب می شود که روزنامه های سیاسی تندرو و بنیاد گرا هم برای جا نماندن از غافله عکس و خبر انوشه که مهاجرت کرده را در صفحه نخست قرار می دهند به عبارتی داستان انوشه همه گیر می شود درچنین وضعیتی من که ایرانی و ساکن ایران هستم و مسائل سیاسی کشور راهم پیگیری میکنم شوک تازه ای را می بینم حال آیا انوشه انصاری هم این شوک را در زادگاه خود تعقیب می کند
    این سوالی است که پاسخ به آن به نظر من دغدغه مسوولیت یک سفیر علمی - فرهنگی را روشن تر می سازد

    موفق شاد و سر بلند باشید


    Comment by mohammad — October 3, 2006 @ 6:46 am

  148. I have really enjoyed reading your blog. And as 99% of the people here have also, please don’t let that other small 1% get you down.
    Your experience was a once in a life time trip - enjoy and share those memories.
    You are an inspiration to us all.

    Comment by Brad C — October 3, 2006 @ 6:46 am

  149. Dear Ms. A. Ansari,
    What a way to live and achieve. Go girl, go!
    you are a Griffin, whose flying arena is well beyond the reach—even imagination—of common flies, whose miserable life is spent in pestering and annoying unique and exceptional human beings such as yourself. You are so beautiful, so intelligent, so successful, so young, so gifted, so overrreaching, overachieving, so courageous, and above all so down to earth; that I recommend—as another of your fans has already pointed out—that you should be nicknamed as a female version of Bill Gates.
    By the way; because you are no longer a private citizen, and have become a public, global, and even a celestial figure!, then get ready for public scrutiny and creticisom. It is part of the package of fame; and in your case, the dear price of fame and fortune.The same way you shed your space suit upon re entry into our mean world, you should be able to shed your thin peel and quickly morph into an armored, unpenetratble thick skinned flying angel.What a great, unique, and lucky family to have you as a member. God bless you, America, and Iran.

    Comment by Rahim — October 3, 2006 @ 6:48 am

  150. Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster jar of costly perfumed oil, and poured it on his head while he was reclining at table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant and said, “Why this waste? It could have been sold for much, and the money given to the poor.” Since Jesus knew this, he said to them, “Why do you make trouble for the woman? She has done a good thing for me. The poor you will always have with you; but you will not always have me. Matthew 26:6-11

    Sigh, some things never change.

    Don’t fret, Anousheh. Know thine enemy. Remember? He’s been at it since from the very beginning, when Almight God created us in his own image and gave us this world. He’s a destroyer; a thief; a liar. He will do anything and everything to bring us down. He works through those who’s hearts are like his and don’t object to his wiles–the ones who see fit to attack rather than to uplift. Surely you know, this isn’t about what you’ve done or haven’t done. It’s about stealing your joy; casting doubt about yourself; bringing you down into the dirt.

    For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12

    Know thine enemy. And know better yet those who love you. :-)

    Comment by Gregg — October 3, 2006 @ 6:49 am

  151. Dear Anousheh,

    My father is a 73 year old retired editor. When I was a youth he told med that 10% of the population lack the ability to respect and enjoy other peoples adventures, success and goals. As a journalist getting in contact with all kind of people, he never made those 10% affect his mood or his goals in life in any way.

    Thank you for bringing us along on your adventure, It has been some amazing 14 days. I am a 42 year old MSc who still remember the first moon landing. You are the first person who has been able to describe the experience in a way which made me imagine I was there myself.

    J. Andersen

    Comment by Jorn Andersen — October 3, 2006 @ 6:51 am

  152. Dear Anousheh,

    Since you are much more in the spotlight now, you have a responsibility to yourself and others not to take any increased negative emotional energy directed at you to heart.

    By all accounts you did a fine job as an astronaut/cosmonaut crew member of ISS/Soyuz.

    You quite willingly donned spacesuits and checked for leaks etc to protect yourself from outside forces that could have had a negaive impact on your physical body. I am sure you didn’t complain or feel upset at Space itself for creating these hazardous conditions.

    So too now that you are a Terranaut once again, don’t forget you must wear your invisible Earth Suit to keep out negativity. This suit is a finely woven garment composed of millions of positive thoughts and emotions directed your way, together with the light of your inner self. Let your light shine brightly and you won’t even see any shadows, let alone react to them. :)

    I have very good eyesight and all I can see is your continued success beyond your wildest dreams.

    Much love


    Comment by RocketMan — October 3, 2006 @ 6:51 am

  153. Anoush jan
    You Way Must Go On. Take a deep breath and go on, The Little Princess.

    Comment by nima — October 3, 2006 @ 6:52 am

  154. Anousheh Khanoom,

    When you were in space you quoted an old Persian New Year tradition. . .
    “Zardi-e man az toh, sorkhi-e toh az man.”

    The same is applicable hear!

    “The wise are those who acquire benefit and repel losses”
    - Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha

    Welcome all the positive energies and disregard the negative. You’ve received so many positive messages of hope, joy, and pride. Don’t let the few negative override that.

    I wish you only the best, and I hope to meet you soon.

    Plano, Texas

    Comment by Ateen Khakpour — October 3, 2006 @ 6:53 am

  155. Dear Anousheh,

    It saddens me to hear that’s your well intended actions are causing you grief. It never ceases to amaze me how a supposedly mature individual can take the time and effort to make remarks whose sole purpose is to cause pain and dismay to others. This blog was obviously intended for those people who were, and are, interested in what you are doing. While i am sure you have no problem hearing from ANY ONE who might have some constructive criticism to make please do not let those misguided individuals ( who only reason for being is to bringing others down ) get to you. Just remember, your ONLY obligation to the world is to be truthful ( and truth is not subjective ). So far you have been nothing but honest with your reasons for sharing your adventure with the rest of the world, and what you hope to achieve by doing so. That is ALL you can do. You CANNOT be held responsible for how some people might choose to reinterpret this truth ( or any other truth for that matter ) to suit their purpose, nor should you feel obliged to explain yourself further to them. Quite frankly i don’t think they would ever change there opinion even if Angel Gabriel paid them a visit with a message from his boss vouching for you ;-)

    Look, you abviously seem to have found your calling in life which is more than a lot of people can say. Just do what is in your heart, be truthful to your self and let history sort the rest out.

    Always in your corner,

    Muinde JK

    Dallas TX

    Comment by Muinde Kithome — October 3, 2006 @ 6:59 am

  156. A great man once said: “Stop trying to do works correctly; Try to do correct works.”

    I think you did the correct work, whether it has been done correctly or not. Also remember an ancient Iranian proverb: “You can shut the gates but not people’s mouth”. Maybe some people told something that was come out of their painful hearts. Maybe a disappointed man thinks that the whole world bears enmity with him to prevent him to walk the same way you did. Maybe a narrow-minded human expressed his novice opinions. Maybe somebody lacks to state his/her deepest emotions with English words, or mistyped them. Whichever they’ve been, one thing is undeniable: You did it! You’ve thrown away fatigue and negative minds and made your dream true! So hold it in your memory and begin to let the harms disappear….

    I’d like to remind you an Iranian adage: Years ago, when te first locomotive had entered Iran, people named it “smoky machine”. It was hours of a day staying in its station without movement. Meanwhile, people (esp. kids) have been looking at it with a little fear and full of regards. But just when it starts to move with a loud noise, the reactions of people were different: Oldsters look at it like a wise man looking at a fool; Elderly people start to talk about it and show off their knowledges, youth start to dream about it; and kids throw clod and stone to it. Would you see? The most innocent human (kid) is taking the worst action! That’s because a factual principle: As far as something is not moving, no criticism exists. Just when you move, everybody will judge you….So, don’t mind who tell what. Take the best part of each, and throw the rest like the skin of peach!

    Well, this comment became too long and I agree that it’s entitled to be summarised and/or censored!!! However, my effort was to make you a little apart from whatever some people wrote and made you sorrowful. Be strong in your way, and don’t waste your time getting depressed or angry reading comments….even don’t be so serious about this comment also! Good luck, and wish to hear about you very soon….

    Yours, Farhad from Iran.

    Comment by Farhad — October 3, 2006 @ 7:05 am

  157. Thanks for your blog entries. Please do not let the negative comments dominate how you percieve the Worlds reaction to your adventure.

    Comment by Bill Taylor — October 3, 2006 @ 7:07 am

  158. Anousheh, hi, I really hope you’ll feel better soon.I feel kinda sad thinking if you hadn’t been on the news so much, we wouldn’t have gotten to know about you.

    Reading your blogs has been such a joy, it’s one of the first things I do when I come home these days. There’s a saying that goes “To whom much is given, much is also expected from them.” I hope you take heart in knowing that not many people in the world have inspired others the way you did. Thanks so much for everything and take care!

    Comment by Dyan — October 3, 2006 @ 7:22 am

  159. Dearest sister in space (now on mother earth): I have to say what so many have said before, and that is that you made this trip for all of us! Your motivations are good and your blogging is excellent! I don’t think anyone really can appreciate how important this is: the way you shared your feelings and your thoughts with the world through sincerity and honesty and human emotions.

    I know I couldn’t do this even if I had 20 million dollars, so I will forever be grateful that you made my dream come true for me, so to speak. Please keep doing what you’re doing. You are in a unique position and as someone else wrote in a comment: you are the right woman in the right place at the right time. Be proud and always stay true to yourself. That will do just fine.

    Comment by Karin J, Sweden — October 3, 2006 @ 7:28 am

  160. Dear Anoushe
    Last night I was reading your blog, the two parts “world hold on” and “The Ride Down” made me cry! It was full with emotion and positive energy
    I believe your trip must be excited, joyful, and emotional for you! I don’t think I would be following the news if it was any one else! Maybe because I am a Persian woman too or maybe because the way you write it is so much from your heart. It is deep and emotional and at the same time you explain everything in detail and clear! Your words are just affecting me so much, in a positive way! You are a strong writer!
    I am so glad you will keep writing your blog, you are such a strong and special woman and I am so proud of you!
    I think you did wonderful things and I wish you all the best
    Keep on good work! I am sure there are LOTS of people enjoy what you did and love you! I am one of them!
    ignore negative comments !
    Kind regards

    Comment by Nazgol — October 3, 2006 @ 7:30 am

  161. Welcome back Anousheh…!!!

    Please let yourself not being effected by “a little” negative criticism you might have received BUT think of all the people you have inspired with your trip and this is by far more than I am sure you would have ever imagined. There will always be somebody that prefers to see the negative rather than the positive in everything… we can only try to help those individuals to wake up and open their eyes.

    As for me… you have not only opened my eyes but also my mind to a completely new dimension. I have been drawn into your journey like thousand other people around the world. You have spread a big message with “simple words” that I don’t believe many other people have managed before. YOU have truly made a difference in the way a lot of people think now about our planet “Earth”. YES, there are different countries, different nations, different believe & cultures BUT we are all part of the “SAME PLANET”… and I think this is the message you have really brought to everybody’s attention… Just remember what you have accomplished in only 10 days and imagine what you can accomplish with time… for sure your supporters are with you and they will become more and more each day…

    We are all very happy to have you back and congratulations again for your successful mission.

    Warmest regards – Anja 

    Comment by Anja Arsalides — October 3, 2006 @ 7:33 am

  162. Hello Anousheh.

    I didn’t really read the comments on your blog. There are so many, I prefered reading your entries. Personally, I really enjoyed reading it. It looked true, sincere and fresh, and made me feel like coming back from the very first entry I read. So if anybody posted negative feedback, just dismiss it.

    Keep on following your dreams, and may God bless you.

    David, from France

    Comment by Spica — October 3, 2006 @ 7:37 am

  163. Hi,

    Good morning from Teheran, just woke up, made a coffee and drinking it in one of my favorite places: Anousheh’s bolg.
    I had promised myself not to write three comments for each of your blogs anymore, but when I saw Kaveh’s comment -no.121- I couldn’t keep silent. I can’t agree more with it. Just thought I should emphasize the points he made and recommend to all to have a look at it.


    Comment by Homeyra — October 3, 2006 @ 7:42 am

  164. Dear Anousheh joon
    You should be proud of yourself as we are all proud of you here in Iran. you just made me realize who I can be and what greate jobs I AM ABLE to do. It seems that I was going to be lost in cheap and silly aspects of womens lives in iran, you know what i mean but after reading your blog I woke up. I told to myself “hey this is what i wanna do, i wanna be like her, i should go for my wishes, my true wishes, i should try hard, really hard…”
    I really want you not to be disappointed by these negative stuff some people say, you have done the best, be strong, go ahead, may god bless you.


    Comment by Bahareh — October 3, 2006 @ 7:45 am

  165. Thank you for your contribution to our happiness. You are doing a great service. As for the negativity, these people indeed are entitled to their opinion, but if they don’t like what you are doing then they should just go read someone else’s blog where the opinions shared are more to their taste.

    I live with the idea that if what you are going to say is going to hurt someone, then just don’t say it. What goes around comes around…

    Comment by Wayne — October 3, 2006 @ 7:48 am

  166. Dear Anousheh,

    As a Muslim woman myself, I feel you have been truly blessed. I too feel I am a blessed person…..but the difference here is that you KNOW what your passion is and you know what dream to accomplish….that is your blessing!
    I know that I have the potential and I truly believe that if I want to achieve something I can….but what is my dream? I am a master of none just a jack of all! I look to my childrens’lives to find what they are passionate about and pray that I can navigate them at least towards making them realise their dreams….I only hope they too can actually have a tangible idea as to what their dream is.
    Believe me sometimes I feel wasted!
    You are a destined person who has put in tremendous energy to realise and achieve your dream.
    May you continue on your mission to accomplish for yourself and to inspire others.
    Lots of luck and prayers

    Comment by shegufa — October 3, 2006 @ 7:48 am

  167. Salaam Anousheh,
    I personally feel great when I think about what you did and when I see how dedicated you are. Anousheh, as you mentioned you can not keep every body happy. You have a well organized philosophy for what you are doing… That’s great. Just keep going and please don’t let couple of negative impressions make you disappointed. We all love you and wish you all the best.

    Comment by Mahdi — October 3, 2006 @ 7:53 am

  168. Dear Anousheh,

    Well, look at it this way, what ever we do there will always be some negative reaction to what we have done, no matter what. Even if it is you and going to orbit! So, just see the road ahead, don’t look back that often and more power to you! let’s see the full part of class and not the empty half! We (humans!) are very proud of you and for generations to come you name will always be the honor of us!

    Comment by koosha — October 3, 2006 @ 8:13 am

  169. This is for ‘Morteza’, in reply to his comments, who I believe is defenitely a compassionate and gracious man for all human beings:

    Dear Morteza;

    First of all, thank you for your informing statistic which may open many people’s eyes, as well as mine. It were startling! And the most horribling part of it is that it is pure truth…

    OK! Well, in our Iran, there exist many many people living under the poor line (earning less than 1 US$ a day) and certainly they did not deserve it. Now, let me ask one thing from you: What YOU have done for them? What other your relatives, family members, friends, colleagues, even me have done for them? And do you think that what we all have done is enough? Do you consider the huge amount of wealth which is being wasted every day in our country? We have learnt from our childhood with this great advice taht: Anybody who sleep replete with food is not human (Muslim) while his/her neighbor is hungry. Yeah! That’s true. Now, do you know that in our country, more than 25M US$ a day is wasted due to lack of optimization in energy consumption? Have you ever minded that we produce over 12 million tons of wheat, which is greater than our estimated need (11 million tons) but still paid more than 5M US$ for importing wheat???? WHY? Is it because people in Iran are dominated? Is it because we need somebody to pay us some extra million US$ to get wealthier? NO! It’s because we are wastful people. So don’t blame others if they use their ability to earn money more than what we can do….

    As for what you told about her deed, it’s really of unfairness! It’s not a luxury action she took or a fantasy will she achieved. Beside all those experiments made on her, the great descriptive documentary she has presented does absolutely worth her trip’s price; while many many programs did not. I put an example: IRIB (our national TV) pays a couple of such amount for vain programs which are totally waste of time and money. Do you care? Note that it’s your pocket’s money too! But, I can not understand why this great experiment is so abased and degraded by you.

    Anyway, I don’t want to say you are wrong: Your feeling about poverty and your philanthropy are all admirable. I hope people all around the world see the world as from this point of view. However, don’t forget that more than 70% of what you are using them in your daily life is the final production of such expensive experiences (especially from NASA experiments during 60’s). So, you see, IT DOES WORTH IT!

    Thanks, and Regards
    Your little friend, Farhad from Iran.

    Comment by Farhad — October 3, 2006 @ 8:20 am

  170. دستت درد نکنه! از مطالب وبلاگتون لذت بردم

    Comment by منوچهر حسيني — October 3, 2006 @ 8:23 am

  171. انوشه جان
    ديروز كه عكسهاتون را نگاه مي كردم از خوشحالي گريه ام گرفت به خاطر
    اينكه يك ايراني تونسته به همچين موفقيتي برسد.
    توي همه عكسها لبخند داشتيد.
    دلم خيلي شاد شد.از متني كه در مورد تحقق آرزوهاتون نوشتيد خيلي استفاده كردم
    موفق و سلامت باشيد
    مژده مدرسي

    Comment by مژده — October 3, 2006 @ 8:40 am

  172. Don’t let your critics get you down, there’s far more people who thought that your journey was a truly remarkable one and your reports from stay on the ISS showed us the more human side to the station, I enjoyed reading all your Bloggs.

    Take Care!

    Comment by Michael Ball — October 3, 2006 @ 8:50 am

  173. Anousheh,

    Do not let the small of mind drag you down, you have done much to lift the lives of many just by doing what you have done.

    Not wanting to dwell on the money side but i cant think of a better way to inspire as many people has you have for the same amount of money.

    I am also sure that there are Countires in the world of ours that “lose” sums of money of a similar size daily, weekly,monthly.

    yes it is a lot of money for one person but in a Global light it is small.

    Take the positve and run with it, you will increase the value of what you have done, as well as leaving the negative behind.

    Thank You.

    Comment by nicklouse — October 3, 2006 @ 9:00 am

  174. There are many ways to spend money , some cares to buy huge guns,some likes to buy many cars and houses around the world or to buy and sell drugs or just collecting money for their
    children without doing any impressive act …but what you spent for was not just an achievement of a dream !you expended for improvement of science to promote and save human future life ,so don’t wory about negative ideas because you have enough money to spend for charity and I am sure you did/do although its not your duty ! Actually ,you don’t need to ignore different opinions because you beleive in what you did :)
    A Reply to all critics : Just consider if all of the governments in our world cared to spend their budget in feeding poor people instead of producing weapons should we have this huge number of hungry stomachs throughout the world ?! So its much better to criticize your leaders !

    Wish you pleasure sleep in future nights ;)
    with love,
    A friend on the earth.

    Comment by vahid — October 3, 2006 @ 9:06 am

  175. hello
    99 percents of comments is “thanks anousheh”
    and “you are hero” and etc!
    yes also a few are negative comments!
    some days ago I posted a comment and
    in that i said : ” your work is not so important
    and … ” beacuse in your thanks message for iranians
    you spoke in English not Farsi
    and we all in family disappointed from you!
    for that comment i have no bad purpose
    off course you didn’t pubish it!!
    . never mind !!
    welcome back home and think to that iranian proverb
    that said “watch the half of glass that is full
    not the half that is empty!”
    your negative friends are very less than positive freinds
    . if you can attract this freinds please do it
    but if can’t don’t let them disappoint you!
    sorry for bad english

    Comment by Mohsen — October 3, 2006 @ 9:20 am


    …What you brought back from this remarkable journey was just more than these mean 20 Million Dollars. Don’t remember these people who are aganst this all. There are much more people who are really overwhelmed from your blog, and we, the German translaters of your blog, are two of them.

    Best wishes from Germany,

    Vanessa Gstettenbauer and Nadine Trautner
    Mission 3, Team Stuttgart

    Comment by Vanessa and Nadine — October 3, 2006 @ 9:28 am

  177. Dear Mrs. Ansari;

    It’s the third comment I’m writing on this article “I couldn’t sleep”, and may be will write another too! I do neither want to be selfish, nor want to goof off! But an internal inspiration makes me writing what I feel about all this trip you made! So, please forgive me and be a little patient…

    Space journey is my best and most important dream too. I was born few month before Neil Armstrong walked on Moon’s surface. I used to collect all space news and NASA experiences. Even I built a model of Appolo-11 with used papers and other stuffs. I’m telling you these things because I think you may understand me and know very well what was going on in my head…

    However, till years ago there were nothing except reading and watching and dreaming I could do in Iran. Furthermore, I’ve known since I was 20 that I’m not able to become an astronaut (or even a pilot) due to some disease that I have been suffering. However, I changed my way from “being a hero of space stories” to “being creator of the space stories”. I started to read every book in this field, gradually trended to Si-Fi stories, and now think I have a great idea for my story which was formed in my mind about 8 years ago. But, as I saw and read your blogs about your trip, I found out that there is a lot of technicalities in space that have not been noted by other writers, since there was no such an exact description about them like what you did. Please don’t take it as a compliment but is a fact. Therefore, I’m just thinking whether I could express my questions about the space from you and is it possible for you to answer me. If you could, it would be the greatest assistance you may made to me and I can do nothing to compensate it except a promise to put your name on my book’s dedication list! (lol lol) However, I know you are too busy to accept this request….

    Well, I wish some day I could have a chance to make my new dream come true, just like you. Until then, I hope your next plan goes well and to hear good news from you the soonest.

    Yours, Farhad from Iran.

    Comment by Farhad — October 3, 2006 @ 9:34 am

  178. عشق را می گفت شوری در دل است

    عقل را می گفت نوری در دل است

    عشق درکار لطيف ياوريست

    عقل در کار شريف داوريست

    (شاعر: (مرحوم دکتر مجتبی کاشانی

    انوشه جان شما كاري عاشقانه كرده ايد در حالي كه ممكن است كار شما از نظر مردم عاقلانه مورد داوري قرار گيرد
    عقل هم كه يعني حساب و كتاب و كار عاشقانه در اين حساب و كتاب ها نمي گنجد
    بهر حا ممكن بود با ثروتي كه داريد هرگونه كار عاقلانه تري انجام مي داديد و سرو صدايي هم نداشت و شايد اينقدر در ديد مردم هم مورد ارزيابي قرار نمي گرفتيد
    بقول شاعر :
    كه عشق آسان نمود اول
    ولي افتاد مشكلها
    يك سوال: دماي بيرون ايستگاه فضايي چند درجه بود؟

    تامين هواي داخل ايستگاه چگونه بود؟
    با تشكر
    مهدي از زمين

    Comment by mehdi — October 3, 2006 @ 9:36 am

  179. Dear Farhad

    I’m feeling great after reading your comment. your rational approach to answer Morteza’s comment is perfect. I hope he reads your comment, understand it and learn a lot from it.
    Thank you very much you’ve just wrote from my heart.


    Comment by Nazila — October 3, 2006 @ 9:44 am

  180. Don`t care about !
    The money is yours. Did you work a lot for this.
    I know how is hard be a sucess woman. We atract a lot of “vampires” and envious people. Be happy.

    I´m loving this blog and sending positive vibrations from Brazil.:)
    Best regards,

    Comment by carol M. — October 3, 2006 @ 9:47 am

  181. Dear Ms Ansari,
    Up to now I too have been one of those “silent majority” who have been reading your blog with absolute fascination. What I have loved about your writing is the way you have been able to use everyday language - not technical jargon - to describe your flight on Soyuz and time on the ISS. I am so looking forward to reading about the rest of your adventure.
    I have been telling my small children here in Northern Ireland about you, and even if I never get to go, maybe they will be inspired by you and one day get to see the Earth from above and get a different perspective on all our little troubles down here.
    By the way, I was always led to believe that a launch in Soyuz could be quite a violent uncomfortable affair - but for you it seems that it was quite a smooth ride? And as for re-entry & landing??
    All the best, and please keep writing!

    Comment by Adrian — October 3, 2006 @ 9:50 am

  182. Anousheh, I read some of the negative feedback. Don’t let it get to you. As a spaceflight enthusiast for life, I appreciate the “gift” you have folks like me: Vivid and moving descriptions of your spaceflight experience. I was thinking how an Iranian-American got along so well with American & Russian crewmembers. I also wonder as you do, WHY the world cannot seem to get along as well. You described how peaceful earth looked from orbit. WHY WHY can’t it be so peaceful??

    Your short flight has done so much for our world, especially women. Disregard all the negatives!! You gave us so much more POSTIVES!

    All the best,
    Dave from NJ

    Comment by Dave — October 3, 2006 @ 9:53 am

  183. If you need a little inspiration, play this song sample

    sweet dreams Anousheh joon

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 3, 2006 @ 10:03 am

  184. Dear Mrs Ansari,

    Thanks God that you are here and fine.
    I think that you should keep on writing and sharing your experience more and more. There are so many people who take energy from this channel. Don’t give up (and I believe you won’t).
    We are all climbing the mountain of life but from different approaches. No one can say “There is just One way”. Of course I think there is just One goal which is hidden in the clouds and everyone has an image of it in his/her mind. These images might be different. But I think, it just matters that we go to reach the goal. We must not stop.

    So, let’s go.

    خدا نگهدارتون

    Comment by Reza Mirfattah — October 3, 2006 @ 10:05 am

  185. The world is like that, there are good and there are bad. Welcome to the Blogging World! I hope you will keep on blogging and have a nice landing home soon.

    Comment by Putera Emas — October 3, 2006 @ 10:05 am

  186. Dear Anousheh,

    You have done a wonderful job with this blog… I strongly suggest that you overlook any negative comments, which are by the way less than a minority amongst all other enthusiastic posts. This had to be expected, since your spacetrip drew attention and even more since your blog was advertized by the media all over the world!

    However, some of us were more than affected by your story… and as opposed to the hatred, jealous, and uncontructive people: we still come visit your blog for its inestimable, priceless value!

    Please don’t let us down, for we truly love you for what you are, especially knowing where you come from and how hard you had to battle to make your dreams come true!

    Space had never taken such a place in my life since childhood… I got a vicarous thrill and feeled I was sitting next to you the whole trip.

    Pour tout ca merci !


    Comment by Michael — October 3, 2006 @ 10:06 am

  187. Your blog is completely fascinating! I look forward to following your journey in space.

    Comment by Rajan Sodhi — October 3, 2006 @ 10:06 am

  188. Anyone who will contribute reconstruction of the lost face of Iranian under poltical games and media fanfare, her/his action is so much respectale and worthy as well honorable to her/himself.
    Anousheh be sure you have been a contributor.
    Of cource this is a logical discussion not to stand upon a person to publicize a nation, but while others decide about our nation according to the rulers, you and your fame is vitally needed.
    The energy you have injected, the concept you have opened, the enthusiasm you have created to millions of people worth more than millions of dollars.
    Finally please post more intimate peronal pictures and vids of Earth from ISS.

    Comment by Morteza — October 3, 2006 @ 10:06 am

  189. Anousheh, don’t worry, these negative people like “Shubber Ali” are what the internet calls “Trolls”. They troll around the internet looking to stir things up and cause problems. Of course he understands why people feel inspired by you. He just wishes that he had ability to feel inspired by something and can’t, so instead he lashes out at those who get it to try and make us feel his pain. After this thread, we should all just ignore the “Trolls” and just accept that they are sad people and feel sorry for them and pray for them. For someone like me, who is agnostic, this was an exceptionally spiritual experience for me. As I drove home from work at 6am after my nightshift, and I pulled off on the side of the road and watch you fly overhead, my imagination ran wild with the possibilities. Hopefully in our lifetime humans will go to Mars. I also saw a lot of positives as far as Americans and Iranians being able to share your experience as something in common, inspiring and use it as a way to start bridging the gap that our politicians have made between us…. thank you so much….Brian, Paradise Ca.

    Comment by Brian Scott — October 3, 2006 @ 10:09 am

  190. Dear Anousheh,

    Do not let these people with their negative talks offend you…Please continue writing your blog and share your beautiful emotions…These people don’t know what they want, they just nag to other people…I think only 1%of the comments which I read here were negative…most of people appreciate you and are affected by what you have done… let’s see the full part of the glass…. please forget them…..The best message to these people is:” if you’re humanitarian, if you think of needy people around the world, then start working hard, earn money and spend it for them…”

    Anousheh, no one can expect you to spend your life and money in a specific way, these belong to you and you are the only one who has right to decide for them, like other people around us..

    Anousheh, you have helped many young people to open their eyes and become more hopeful to achieve their goals…You promoted many of us…that’s much better than giving us even million dollars…we are capable of building our lives ourselves when we look at the alive symbol of success in front of us…

    Thank you for transferring this message…I wish u a nice time..

    Comment by Jabis — October 3, 2006 @ 10:09 am

  191. I forgot to mention that please read comment no 121 ,I think this is my idea too and will clear some of the criticisms root for you all.

    Comment by vahid — October 3, 2006 @ 10:11 am

  192. hi anousheh,
    as i said before many times all iranians are proud of you. me as a iranian physician visit your weblog every day to see what you have today to tell us.
    i wrote about you in my small weblog and i will be very happy if u see it

    hope one day i come to usa and visit you.
    best regards

    Comment by vahid — October 3, 2006 @ 10:18 am

  193. Dear Farhad, I read your third comment, and I told to myself what the hell, I am going to write my sixth:)))

    Lessen to the Lalaii-methinks from Khorrasan- sang by this other beautiful lady: Darya Dadvar:


    Seems that as long as we make not sure that you have slept we will keep up writing:) Pity for site moderators! they also need a rest:))

    Comment by homeyra — October 3, 2006 @ 10:24 am

  194. Dear Anousheh,

    Now I feel this is a good moment to leave my comment in your blog… To introduce myself, I must say that I’ve been tracking your blog posts throughout the entire mission, and meanwhile was making a Russian translation of those. The translated posts have been re-posted on a Russian spaceflight forum and attracted a great attention of the participants. A little further in my reply I’ll touch the question, why it was so, but personally I’ve been flattered by high evaluation of my work done. Seems like the story has become really captivating and enjoyable to read. It has been permanently mirrored on a pair of Russian space enthusiasts’ community sites.

    To cut a long story short, I can assure you that NONE of the forum replies I got were in any sense negative or expressing any disappointment. Mostly admiration of your writing talent, a kind envy for a one who finally made it into space and a little soft humour - and that’s all. I really can’t tell on behalf of the entire community, but in my impression most people here are grateful towards you for such a vivid sharing of your unique experience!

    Moreover, I believe that most people in Russia who take interest in space see you upon as a guest for our country, and I suppose that a value of a guest of a home in our cultures can be regarded similar (aren’t we Asian people too, eh? ;) )

    You know, we have always been proud of our achievement in space, of going there first, of that huge breakthrough which stunned the world done by a people living in a country which was devastated in a world war and still mostly lying in ruins. Today, I believe, the time has come to be proud for the people who kept the fire burning in the difficult times, and didn’t let down the generation of Creators. Others may not, but I believe that Russian space exploration has future. However, among the multiple drawbacks and weaknesses with which our Cosmonautics has been always stained by, one was a lack of publicity for our own people. In the old days, an average Russian barely knew anything except for another space station crew has taken over their watch or another Kosmos satellite was launched. Little has been known of the personalities of the cosmonauts, and perfectly nothing of the designers who made it all possible. It’s bitter to state that today’s Roscosmos publicity did not became much better since then. Ask people on the street, and you’ll probably have one of twenty chance that somebody will answer you who’s the current ISS crew. And some may be even surprised to discover that there is such a thing.

    And here you come, a brave and beautiful woman who immediately gathered attention of media which usually report space events with their teeth clenched. Together with yourself, you’ve brought into lame light your fellow cosmonauts and astronauts, the ISS itself and space in general. Usually (I hate to tell this) such an attention is turned to space if an accident or a catastrophe occurs. You’ve done the same and nobody got hurt. :) Now, if only more people share your impression of your journey, they would have discovered for themselves what amazing people the astronauts and cosmonauts are, how courageous, strong and at the same time peaceful and friendly they are. I doubt that anybody before did ever picture space and Earth seen from space like you. Channeling of your feelings towards the people of Earth from orbit worked like an advanced form of moral improvement weapon: you made people gasp in amazement with you, laugh from floating in weightlessness with you, cry from longing to stay in the station with you… And in the process many of us has embraced your exceptional world view and admired your outstanding personality.

    And also, you have given a description of a flight in a Soyuz space ship in a way which reflects your personal experience, which kind of description I have never seen before. Reading your blog was like touching a real experience or a space traveler. Many people already said this to you, and I can only repeat: it was like looking over your shoulder, I’ve almost visited space myself! After that, I feel even more respect towards the cosmonauts who do not only withstand harsh conditions of the space flight, but also do their job, and do it perfectly. Alas, our cosmonauts are hardly public folk today, especially compared to American astronauts. Personally, I know only one Internet blog of a cosmonaut, which is suspended for a while anyway. Perhaps, you could convince some of your fellow cosmonauts to have a break from their busy schedule and take up more Internet activity? ;) This would help our communities a lot.

    Another important thing you did was unveiling of Iran for the world. Very often people associate the image of a distant country with the image of its leader and top politicians, not caring that there is a great variety of people in that country. And this is really a shame that many people, thinking of Iran, picture Ahmadinejad to themselves first. In a way, Russians suffer sometimes from the same too… just like the Americans as well. :) You are breaking this unhealthy stereotype, allowing many to see real men and women of great and ancient culture, people who are in perfectly every sense just like us. I expect that many of those who didn’t care before will want to know more of Iran after tracking your personal adventure. And personally, I think, this is what’s in the first place important for changing the world to the better.

    I have a deepest belief that Humans of Earth must once leave our dear small blue orb and set off on the greatest endeavour into space, looking if not for better places to live, but al least for knowledge, power and might to make life back on Earth better and easier for all. And surely, there will be people who will always go on the final frontier. It’s easy to believe now that space probes can give us better knowledge than manned expeditions do, but that’s no more that a psychology of the poor. Access to space isn’t cheap and sending there people require a lot of hardware. The cheaper will be the weight on LEO, the less doubts about manned exploration will be as well. And it’s comforting to think that you are among the ones who are striving for that.

    Well, and don’t listen to complaints of those who are trying put you to shame with your well doing. They say that they care about the poor people, yet I easily see plain envy behind such statements. The people aren’t equal and this problem has begun together with the humanity. You are Muslim and as far as I know, Islam is truly the most charitable religion towards poverty. Besides, you are hardly a millionaire who merely live fast. Your involvement in the X-Prize and the companies in which you have a share is invaluable, since you are working for the future. You know this better than anybody. So, please, do what’s your must, and let it come as it comes…

    If I may ask a question, I’d like to explain than I’ve made that translation purely for the pleasure of myself and of the people who would read it. I’m not going to claim any copyrights for it. I only need your permission to publish this on Internet sites. An example of this can be found at: http://www.spacevideo.ru/misc/misc.html

    Sincerely yours,

    Comment by Alexander — October 3, 2006 @ 10:42 am

  195. Small note,

    For those who think she could do better things (according their opinions) with that money, please note 20 million dollors is very small amount in the world. There are hundred millions of dollors which are being spent everyday in non-humanitarian, non-scientific matters.

    Comment by Ann — October 3, 2006 @ 10:44 am

  196. Dear Anoushe,

    Some years ago, after the collapse of soviet union, I met a Russian guy on a holiday trip, who had a Phd in computer science and he was working in one of newly established bank institutes in Moscow.

    I was quite curious to know more about the former soviet system and especially his own view about the old situation.

    He made it short and precise. He told me that, as the red reveloution broke in Russia, his grandfather was a farmer in one of the remote provinces. His grandfather didn’t know about the reveloution, untill one day a Russian red army officer and his soldiers appeared in front of his farm-house.

    His grandfather asked the officer “what is happening?”, and the officer answered “you have to be proud, it is the red reveloution and we are going to get rid of all rich people”.
    His grandfather answered him “his father also had a such dream about a reveloution. But he dreamt, one day the reveloution will get rid of poverty and poorness and not the prosperity and richness”.

    As far as I can see, you are not the owner of the “WORLD BANK” to decide to get rid of poverty by making a large donation for the whole world. It is not that simple as some people think it is.

    The ordinary travellers and tourists spends Some tousends of billions of Dollars each year to visit other places and fulfill own dreams. How dare could we allow ourself to ask them to spend their money for the poor people and forget their holidays.
    And how would be the response of those countries who only live from tourist industry. Millions of Jobs would be destroyed and all of them have to live from donations of others. What a system?

    Beside all these facts, I think you have an extraordinary personality and that makes you different and allows you to go beyond. I am very proud of you.

    Jange haftad o do mellat hame ra ozr beneh
    chon naidand haghighat rahe afsaneh zadand

    Comment by Said Ahadi — October 3, 2006 @ 10:47 am

  197. This is the first time I’ve come across this blog, But it was an excellent read, Keep smiling and try not to let others get you down :)

    Wise people speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.

    Comment by Natalie — October 3, 2006 @ 10:48 am

  198. به نام خداوند آسمانها و زمین

    خانوم انصاری عزیز

    از اینکه سفر موفقیت آمیزی داشتید و سالم به زمین بازگشتید بسیار خوشحالم
    برای شما در تمام مراحل زندگی آرزوی موفقیت و سلامت می کنم
    برای همه ما مردم ایران این افتخار بزرگی بود که شما بعنوان اولین
    ایرانی و البته یک زن موفق این کار را انجام دادید

    همیشه موفق و سربلند باشید
    و البته به یاد کشورتان ایران

    Comment by Nasim — October 3, 2006 @ 10:49 am

  199. Hi Anousheh,
    I would like to congratulate you on you recent space expedition.
    Due to you sharing in the experience I was encouraged and inspired.
    I seek our help and advice on some matter and in this regard I have written a letter to you c/o Terri A. Griffin of Prodea Systems.I hope that you get it soon.
    You can also email me on the address above.
    Thank you in advance.
    Regards and best wishes

    Comment by Anderson — October 3, 2006 @ 11:01 am

  200. Hi again Mrs. Ansari!

    I’ve told I can not wait more for writing another comment (this is the fourth on this article!), didn’t I? Well, it’s because I use my every free time to read your latest writings (as well as the commenters’) and it makes my opinion about your trip much more completed and correct. Before starting my comment (which I wish be the last for this article!), I’d like to exploit your blog in a very personal way to send my sincere thanks to ‘Nazila’ who confirmed my comment for ‘Morteza’. Well, forgive me! I swear not to misuse your blog again!

    Back to the subject, I forgot to tell you how I got surprised the time I understood why you couldn’t sleep. At first I thought it was for your urge to read all comments posted, and this made you awakened. But after reading your whole text and some others’ comments I really regret for what some people (and who knows, maybe I myself) has told and made you upset. That was the reason for me to write those comments to satisfy my inside conscience. In order to complete my feelings, I resay a great proverb from Mao Tse-Tung, who said: “If you need fresh air, you must open the windows; although some flies may come in”. Hey everybody! I don’t want to disrespect anyone or insulting those who told negatively. Please get the actual meaning of this literal. Also I want to highlight another point: Without negative thoughts how we can measure ourselves? It’s a great God’s gift to hear opposing thoughts and put them into challenge with ours. The way of mind-evolution is then come outside of this challenge. So, just read those comments without getting affected and only try to collate your opinions with them. Then, you’ll find how your thoughts will grow and those negative minds assist you to find your mistakes and correct your route to success. Remember that poem: “Your friend is one who says your deficiencies against yourself explicitly and frankly like a mirror”.

    Well, hope this comment didn’t make you yawning! Sleep well to get fresh for your next steps….Good luck, and waiting for then…..

    Yours, Farhad from Iran

    Comment by Farhad — October 3, 2006 @ 11:02 am

  201. Dear Mrs Ansari!
    I am happy that you come back down to us save and sound! I follow your journey by help of your blog. I am interrested in spaceflight since i was a child. And your words was so honestly and open written, that i can feel with you. Inspiring People like me is not needed, but you gave me insight, someone cannot get by other means. And about inspiration! In my opinion, spaceflight is not only for a few selected astronauts, nor for the reputation of politians, not for the benefits of countries, but for all man and mankind. And you paved the way for this. For this i thank you Mrs Ansari!
    Go ahead with your activities and i look forward to see you onboard one of the new private spaceships the will fly hopefully soon.
    Thank you Mrs Ansari!

    Comment by Werner Lemp — October 3, 2006 @ 11:02 am

  202. Hi Anousheh,
    I would like to congratulate you on you recent space expedition.
    Due to your sharing in the experience I was encouraged and inspired.
    I seek our help and advice on some matter and in this regard I have written a letter to you c/o Terri A. Griffin of Prodea Systems.I hope that you get it soon.
    You can also email me on the address above.
    Thank you in advance.
    Regards and best wishes

    Comment by Anderson Riungu — October 3, 2006 @ 11:03 am

  203. Hi Anousheh,

    I am so amazed by the wonderful, heart felt comments I’m reading and you deserve every one of them. You have triggered a inspirational blog here and many good people are writing from their heart as you did. A unity between us…a place to express our hearts. It is truly a inspiring and fun blog to be a part of.

    As you know, throughout history, many have stood for the better good of our (people/world) and have been and will continue to be persecuted for their beliefs and God driven passions. With God’s guidance we unite to continue His goodwill which is for His (people/world). We spread the word that our desire is for the people not for ourselves.

    What you have done here, with this blog is GOOD! Nothng can ever take that away from you or us.

    God Bless you and take care,

    Your faithful blogger,

    Pat Freeman
    West Chester

    Comment by screamin75 — October 3, 2006 @ 11:19 am

  204. Salam anousheh jan. I’m a girl from Tehran. Every body is talking about you here.Especially young poeple. As I’m studying at university, I can see that all people talk about you respectfully. Don’t remember, successful persons always are exposed to jealous or qritique. Some times these things, causes of more development and achievement. As I see some ones around my self,so please pray for me too.

    Comment by respectfull — October 3, 2006 @ 11:19 am

  205. Anousheh jAn

    I dont know whether you remember “Hafez” our legend poet from your high school books?

    I would like to bring a piece of his poems here, I hope you understand it but if not read it to your mum and dadm it sounds as if he knew some people will talk rubbish and become overcritic to talented people, here we go:

    kamale serre mohebbat bebin na naghse gonah


    May I beg you not to waste your time and positive energy with reading negative comments let them say what they want but it is not gonna help you reading them

    One day in Iran a chap was drinking water from fountain, his friend saw him and said drinking water like this will ruin your wisdom( apparently this was a taboo at the time), he looked at his friends in a surprised manner and said”What is wisdom”?


    Hope you get the point and it makes sense here.

    People who crticise you, are worried for us to have a generation of Anoushe’s all around the world, they are not anti anoushe, they are anti insight and wisdom.

    God bless you and please pass my warmest regards, I got great respect for him, to me he is as important as A. Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson.



    Comment by Hooman — October 3, 2006 @ 11:24 am

  206. Dear Anousheh
    as you mentioned befor it is our DUTY to write here.
    i thought befor, that succesful people are just in books & dreams.after reading your blog i found i was absolutely wrong.we just find you. now i can see how diffrent people around the world can have same feelings and same wishes.now while you have opportunity to ghather positive energies please do not give up.negatives will be eliminated.you will not have enough time even if to take a brife look to them.you can help those how can understand you,like your blog readers,so it is our DUTY to read your writings , to imagine ,to inspire & TO BE THE CHANGE .
    best wishes

    Comment by Siyamak — October 3, 2006 @ 11:24 am

  207. Anoushesh.. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your “out of this world” adventure… in fact i have posted an entry about it on my blog… don’t let those who criticize you get the better of you… there are a lot more of us who admire you than the few who are out to bring you down… :)

    Comment by The Lost Wanderer — October 3, 2006 @ 11:30 am

  208. Anousheh Dear,

    Look what you’ve done! Now you even got the Silent Majority to speak! Do I detect a little smile on your face? Let’s move on.


    Comment by Kenneth Rellum — October 3, 2006 @ 11:31 am

  209. Anousheh, keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Thank you for caring, and may the God of all bless you. With great respect, Bruce in Richmond, VA

    Comment by Bruce Johnson — October 3, 2006 @ 11:43 am

  210. انوشه عزيز

    در اين تحولي كه ايجاد كردي واز اينكه سخاوتمندانه تجربيات و ديدگاه با عظمتت را از خلقت افريدگار با خلق در ميان گذا شتي متشكريم در نيايشم يكي از بهترينهاي ايه هاي الهي را بررقه راهت ميكنم

    بسم الل الرحمن الرحيم قل اعوذ برب الفلق من شر ما خلق ومن شر نفاسات في العقد.و….. و من شر حاسدا اذا حسد .ه

    اميدوارم هميشه از گزند و اسيب بد سرشتان و….. حسودان در پناه خداوند باشي
    خواننده و دنبال كننده وب لاگ شما

    اشرف گرامي

    Comment by Ashraf Gerami — October 3, 2006 @ 11:48 am

  211. Dearest Anousheh joon :)

    Your writings have changed me in so many ways that i am surprised myself. I don’t know you but i know if someone has read “Little Prince”, and liked it as a kid and grown-up has a heart of gold and I KNOW YOU DO! People that critisize you, are haters, they critisize you because it wasn’t them doing this unbeleivable journy and telling the whole world, look we have a magnificent planet, lets take care of it. These haters critisize you because it makes them feel better. Now haveing said that, i think you are an icon, you are a hero, and you have guts to go to space and happily flip around (I LOVED IT) and above all i want you to know when i was a little girl, i always dremed of going to the space, especialy the moon and thank you for making my dream come through by writing on this blog. YOU HAVE BECOME MY HERO. GOD BLESS YOU.

    love, peace and harmony

    p.s. i hope you read this one :)

    Comment by yana — October 3, 2006 @ 11:53 am

  212. Thank you for doing a wonderful job in describing your adventure to the world. I am sure that you have done a great deal of good for human spaceflight and to young people all over the world. Your adventure shows that if you work hard you can achieve your dreams.

    Please ignore the negative comments, they do not matter at all.

    David at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida USA

    Comment by David Henson — October 3, 2006 @ 11:58 am

  213. Dear Anoushe,
    Please disregard negative comments, your blog means a lot to all of us and we were waiting every day for you to update your blog. I am sure for a woman in your position, you should be used to these kind of comments, since most of your life you were in high position and famouse. So do not pay attention, and continue your journey in life and be sure that you have a mission to complete and don’t let anybody stand in your way. You will be in my thoughts and god my protect you from jealous and mean people. take care

    Comment by Katrin — October 3, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

  214. Hello Mrs ansari!
    Everybody in IRAN love for your successfully journey.
    We are proud because of your work.
    Greet to you because you are IRANIAN and love them.
    We hope that see you in your country.
    Hamid 17 from IRAN.

    Comment by Hamid — October 3, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

  215. Dear Ms. Ansari,

    I hope you do not take the negative comments to close to heart. What you have done over the past several years, not just the travel into space, but also the The X Prize, has truly taken space exploration to whole new level. I congradulate you on your achievements, your courage and your leadership. You have brought understanding, peace and love to people who would otherwise “hate” each other. I have read the comments posted and find it very interesting to see that people from Brazil, Ireland, Iran, Iraq, Israel and other countries that most of the time do not get along for whatever politcal or religious reason agreeing with each other. I think we all need to learn from your braveness and leadership.

    No matter how you got into space, you got there and you have truly opened up a lot of eyes as to the true beauty of the earth in which we live. From ground level the earth can be a very non-attractive place with all of the fighting, bickering, jealousy, disease and bloodshed.

    What a beautiful, tranquil site the earth must have been from your point of view. Hopefully it is something that you never forget and can think back upon in times of grief and dishearten that may come your way in the future. With you and your family leading the way for future space exploration, maybe one day it will be a reality that the average person can experience what you have experienced over the past 2 weeks.

    I hope you keep writing about your future endeavors and I wish you all the best.

    With warmest regards a friend in Atlanta, GA, USA


    Comment by Kevin Mayes — October 3, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

  216. fortunately I havent seen any of those negative coments here!;)
    have the bests…
    dar panahe hagh

    Comment by golnoush — October 3, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

  217. Dear Anousheh,
    I’m writing to you not to tell you that you did a great job, etc, etc. This is obvious. I am writing just because you decided to keep your blog alive in spite of all negative feedbacks. Well, for the moment I can take that as a gift but I believe that each message that hurts you should be vanished by thousands of encouraging messages that you deserve, otherwise your contagious enthusiasm will someday deplete. I don’t know if it’s a good idea just to ignore the bothering messages, maybe acting like this all those bad guys can claim a victory… After all, your efforts to make a better world for all of us have no sense in a perfect world, isn’t it?
    Please read for me once again the message no 8, I couldn’t describe my emotions better than “just someone” did.
    Be strong, stay wonderful as you are.
    Bogdan Carp, Romania

    Comment by Bogdan Carp — October 3, 2006 @ 12:30 pm

  218. Anousheh joon, i forgot to add that even if those haters/jealous people had the extra $20mil to spend, they wouldn’t fly on a plane let alone go to space, you know why, because they don’t have the GUTS like you do. in order to make themselves feel good about their dissabilities, they critisize others, others who like yourself a supper human have done extraordinary. Drink some camomile (sp?) and sleep well and have golden dreams :)

    love, peace and harmony

    Comment by yana — October 3, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

  219. Dear Anoushe, Hi Again,

    I am a little commenting late this time, but I think I have to say something.

    I watched you from here since you sponsored X-Prize, and I always praised you and your family fo being such hard woking people. Such a few things I know from your work, is all enough for me to understand what great ambitions towards humanity you have, and I expect you to have seen there are always a very few who can not tolerate others’ success. Call it jealously, call it negativity, anything you like, but they always exist, and the important thing I want to say is that all of that is just because they CAN NOT UNDERSTAND your point of view, and most of the time they can hardly understand anything at all.

    I have experienced such people many times, and I beleive to try to describe things to them is just a waste of time. They simply have brains too small to be able to understand, so to keep things simple, simply issue a delete command and remove such comments from your memory, that’s all you need.

    Yes Ofcourse one should not mix criticism with those negative comments, I beleive criticism helps us do better next time, that’s obvious.

    I also see a comment above from somebody who couldn’t understand why others have tears in their eyes when they read your emotions through your text. Such people have not (yet) fell a passion for
    what somebody like you does, so don’t consider them either. How such person can understand that your money is the least you could pay for such an acheivement? To such people, your money worthes more than you yourself, while I beleive no money can buy a person’s mind!

    Anyway, just keep the good work, and don’t think about losers. If you think about them, you will get like them.

    and great to have you here on earth were you belong to.

    P.S. I wanted to say this somewhere else, but maybe it is a right place as well.

    I guess, it will be great (and you are one of those few who can), to help builfing some sceintific centers/labs/schools for astronomy as well as other science in Iran. The country’s budget on science is stupidly small, and I guess private centers can help our great scientists and students achieve better things.

    The country is unfortunately not a good environment for scientists and specially for engineers (like me), and getting to US is even harder, due immigration regulations etc. Thus many with scientific capacities are stuck and need help.

    Comment by Paymaan Jafari Taayemeh — October 3, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

  220. Dear Morteza,
    I think that your mixing up subjects. Poverty is always bad at the same time inevitable. For sure the way of fighting is not to stop human from scientific, industrial, economical development. We stop that and more people become broke. The important is to be responsible towards our society as much as we can.
    How much can we expect a lady to serve humanity?
    Do we expect her to compensate for the mistakes of others?
    Is n’t what you are quoting a sheer slogan not even respected by you yourself?
    Another Mor

    Comment by Mor — October 3, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

  221. Anousheh,

    Thanks for the precious thoughts that you have shared with us. I think it is great what you have done. I believe that the feminine has been far too suppressed by male dominated cultures around the globe. Your writings expose a sensitivity and sensuality that is based in the feminine energies, one that we of the masculine realm actually fear and use whatever means we can to suppress.

    You go girl!

    Comment by Ron, Dallas area — October 3, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

  222. Dear Anousheh,

    Thank you very much for keeping the hope alive. Your fligh and the X-prize are pure inspiration for a lot of people that dream of going and living in space (I’m one of them)

    I’ve been looking at the stars since I was child.I became aeronautical engineer to be able travel to space. Nowdays I work as satellite thermal engineer, but time showed me that this is not the right path (even for life). That is why I really appreciate what you did up there and do down here, making more possible to travel into space.

    Many, many thanks.

    Comment by Jose L. Pastor — October 3, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

  223. Dear Anousheh,
    I read today entries amidst a mixture of emotions: elatation and anger at the same time. I was elated to know that over a million folks have responded to or visited this blog. Angered because I feel as if some negative energies are about to stop the story. Anousheh, You are a story being told, and the first chapter is not even written yet and you want to throw in the towel? No way, sister! See today’s story is not really for today’s folks, especially not for those who run you down, the story is for tomorrow’s children. How would you want generations of future space farers to read you? Is it as the one whose life and story inspires us to continue when faced with challenges of settling new planets, discovering new galaxies, traveling through unknown time and space warps or the one who went so far as to blaze new trails only to give in to baseless criticisms.
    Anousheh, please just answer these questions: did you really go through all those rigors of astronaut training or someone else did it for you? did you pay those 25 million bucks to be on that trip or was it an ad gimmick? did Hamid give you the go ahead or you just bolted? Did your family give you their support? Is is really your dream that made you risk all to go to space or someone else’s script? Was it really you Anousheh that went to space or some stunt man with a makeup like your face? Then why bother about the nay sayers? See they have never seen what you see, never been where you’ve been, never felt what you’ve felt. Don’t let them bother you one bit. By the way, I have never seen you face on the cover of any African newspaper. So we’re waiting for our turn to celebrate you. Anousheh, you no longer belong to a couple of nations, you belong to generations!


    Comment by Ola Abraham — October 3, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

  224. انوشه جان
    به کامنتهای نا امید کننده هیچ توجهی نکن.
    البته من فکر می کنم که تعداد این کامنتها(کامنتهای منفی و مایوس کننده) خیلی کم هستند.
    در زندگی چیزهای ناامید کننده زیاد است که باعث می شود انسان از رسیدن به هدف و آرزوهای خود بازبماند.
    ولی این انسان است که باید به کاری که میکند ایمان داشته باشد .
    پس با توکل به خدا به کارت ادامه بده
    مطمئن باش تعداد کسانی که با تو همراه هستند در این راه خیلی خیلی بیشتر از افرادی هستند که می خواهند با پیغام های منفی و مایوس کننده تو را از این کار باز دارند.
    من به عنوان یک ایرانی به تو افتخار میکنم.
    خواهش میکنم نا امید نشو .ناراحت نشو. به کارت ادامه بده با پشتکار فراوان و توکل بر خدا
    تو به من این جمله را اثبات کردی
    « ایرانی میتواند…»

    Comment by fatemeh — October 3, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

  225. My best to you.
    But I can’t quite get by the amounts of money people have and don’t have. my nephew is a fisherman. he lost 200 lobster traps this month at the hands of some rivals.His boat engine broke down as well. He can’t make his boat payment now and will lose his boat, his livelyhood, probably his home as well. This in a world populated with million and billionaires who spend money on trivia.

    Comment by geo — October 3, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

  226. Anousheh joon,

    let us stop talking about the haters, because they love the attention. i have a question, how was your breating during the descent? i am dying to know more details about coming back, tell us, pleeeeeez more about your flight back, i am dying to know more, we are wasting time on unimportant people, please tell us more about the details up there.

    love, peace and harmony

    Comment by yana — October 3, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

  227. Anousheh,
    Let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for the exapmle you have provided for me as some one who dreams of going to space as well, and one I can show my daughter. I tell her every day that everything we do feeds the dream, what ever our dream happens to be. Then I tell her about you, your emmigration to the US, your hard work in studying, and your determination to succeed so that your dreams may be fulfilled. You are truly a shining example of courage and persistance. Perhaps one day we shall meet, it would be my honor if you were present at one of the future launches of the KittyHawk II, whenever that may be, but it will be, you have given me hope.

    All the best,

    Ronson E. LeVau
    Empire Space Transportation, Inc.

    Comment by Ronson LeVau — October 3, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

  228. I want to scream “anousheh, you have no idea what you have done to us, you have made us talk to each other by reading the comments, we are relating to one another, we beleive that people are good, we are sharing love, peace and harmony, YOU ARE THE REASON FOR THAT” and continue, please tell us more about the space, i am dying to know more and more about EVERYTHING.

    love, peace and harmony

    Comment by yana — October 3, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

  229. Dear Anousheh,
    The realization of your dream has inspired so many minds, young and old, inside and outside Iran, from all kinds of backgrounds and ethnicities. You have brought the Iranian community nothing but pride and joy. The comments of a few nay sayers should be ignored. The masses have spoken and have shown nothing but appreciation and joy for your arduous task and your safe return back home. Please do not be heart broken and fill your heart with the knowledge that your achievements have lifted our hearts, our spirits and we have shared tears of joy and prayed for your safe return. Keep achieving and “reach for the stars”

    P.S. When I heard you made that personal call to AMIR REZA and allowed him to talk to you and ask questions, you made a grown man and a friend of his late father cry like a baby. I am forever thankfull to you and Atousa.


    Comment by Farzad — October 3, 2006 @ 1:40 pm

  230. انوشه = خوشبخت
    چه اسم با معنايي از اول براي شما انتخاب شده است
    اين خوشبختي را هميشه با ياري كردن به ديگران تقسيم كن
    خوشبخت تر از هميشه باشي
    Anousheh in persian language means lucky.
    You are a big positve signal for us please save it.
    Dont care about Negetive mineds.
    Good luck
    Mehdi from the earth

    Comment by mehdi — October 3, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

  231. What’s been said here bears repeating, yet again.

    Everyone on the internet has an opinion of whatever is done or said elsewhere on the internet. It’s the good/bad thing about it. It’s great that you care so much about the opinions of others that you feel the need to address it not once but twice in your blog entries.

    But in the end, opinions are, like, well, you know. Everyone has one. :) And that’s all they should be treated as.

    You can take heart in the fact that your trip and financing of other scientific/social opportunities have inspired so many in such a short time. If certain folks can’t be bothered to do any kind of research into your background before coming in here and spouting their spew at you, to hell with ‘em!

    You did good! You go, girl!

    Comment by bigstarlet — October 3, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

  232. Anousheh jane aziz,
    Thank You so much for reading our comments to you! I didn´t expect you to. I´m so thrilled that you get to know merely a millionth of what we would like to say and share with you, just like you have shared with us! Merci, merci, merci. And now to my reason for writing yet another comment on your blog.
    At first I got sincerely glad and happy to see a new entry from you, (I thought/hoped you would stop blogging now and take some time off, which I still believe you should do in order not to burn youreself out) BUT the more I read, the more sad I got and I started crying, and thought - Oh god, here we go again, a wonderful loving creature who is losing hope on humanity, please, oh god please let this not be true!!! SO I, for one Anousheh jane aziz, want to apologize on behalf of all of those who have tried to destroy your spirit of love, your altruistic way and sense of sharing and your kind wishes, thoughts and dreams for the future survival of our Earth and all living creatures on Earth. So, sorry on behalf of all of those fellow earthians who do not understand the impact of words and communication, who do not understand the importance of HOPE AND LOVE, who do not know their history, who fear others and themselves and who want to destroy all of our faith for tomorrow.My experiences in life as of today including reading all of the comments posted to your blog (including the farsi written ones) is that those who scream the loudest about what OTHERS should do for let´s say humanity, poverty, the environment or whatever “IT” may be, are the ones who do the least. They neither help their next ones by setting good examples (just as they have for instance shown here by writing in the angry and hostile way that they have) nor encourage others to do what it is in their power to make Earth a better, more peaceful and loving place for all. Anousheh jan, bedoone in joor adamha dar donya, na jang, na faghiri dar donya vojood dasht! Bedoone Adamhayi mesle SHOMA donyayi alan vojood nadasht va ensaniati dige vojood nadasht chonke hame hamdigar ro koshte bodand. Thank You for BEING who you are, Thank You for sharing what NO ONE ELSE has had the generosity nor capability of doing sharing and Thank you, Thank you, Thank you from the deepest part of my heart, once again for not forgetting your origins, your faith, your sense of belonging to Iran and so much more!
    Do take some time off and enjoy and reflect on what YOU have accomplished because the Present is made of yesterday and the Future is made of today - So put your energy and forces on what matters and let others deal with the rest. Check out this year´s Nobelprize in Physics by the way - It will probably interest you!
    Love and Peace for all,

    Comment by Avid — October 3, 2006 @ 2:02 pm

  233. Anousheh,

    I have been reading your blog over the past week since you have returned. I have been enveloped by your experience and your explanations of it. The insights that you have shared with us for peace and caring for others is one that EVERYONE should embrace.

    I am not one to respond to blogs, but you have touched me and insprired me. I have shared your blog with my daughter who is a college sophomore and often speaks of travelling to space someday. She is one who strives to live her life in service of others. She will be spending her semester break in Kenya helping children there understand the devastation of AIDS. She has been inspired by you as well.

    Those who speak negatively just don’t get it. It is unfortunate because they need to understand more than anyone.

    Keep inspiring us, Anousheh.

    Thank you for what you have done to make our world a better place.

    Take Care,

    Ed from NJ

    Comment by Ed — October 3, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

  234. Remember, negative Iranian comments all goes back to:
    1. Most Iranian men can’t see a woman above them.
    2. Most men specially Iranians are jelous of successful women.
    3. Unfortunately, there are lots of jelous people in this word. And remember pesants are always jelous.
    4. There are lots of show off Iranians between us that will never come close to your level.
    5. Its great to remember where we came from and be proud of it, but I stay away from Iranian publicity! Its not worth the time. (Iranihaye fozol khyli ziyadan, JUST STAY AWAY! Because time is money)
    I hope this helps!
    Yassi from Plano

    Comment by Yassi — October 3, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

  235. Anousheh,
    You have not accomplished all that you have by listening to negative people. “You did not get to the stars by listening to them!” It has been a joy for me to read about your experiences and share them with my five year old daughter. I know you have touched many people, but if you were to have touched just one it would be worth it. You are an inspiration! I look forward to the chance to meet you some day.
    Thank You!

    Comment by John — October 3, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

  236. Anoushe-ye Aziz,
    I have read one of your negative feedbacks which said that why you don’t help to poor people instead of traveling to the ISS. I have no clue about that. So I have just learnt from your successful traveling since last month. You know, you helped someone who he didn’t know anything about ways of success.Who he was a poor in this field. Yep, that was me!
    Big Hug,

    Comment by Bobby Alizadeh — October 3, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  237. Anoush,
    there is a sentence I found on an Eric’s statement sometime ago and it says: “For every new and great idea, there are thousands of people who will tell you that it’s impossible or can’t be done. It is inevitable to be met with opposition, criticism and cynicism”
    This is true, I face it everytime I speak about future private spaceflights (talking about sub-orb) and…in someway it relates to criticism I read from comments on your blog about your Space Flight…it’s normal, I would try to convince them and at last, if hopeless, I’d just not consider its!

    My Best Regards
    Hang Loose

    Comment by Matteo — October 3, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

  238. Anousheh,

    You are my hero!
    Please dont take these negative comments to heart because what you have done is absolutly amazing.
    You may not beleive it but you have completely changed my life, I have always wanted to go into space and am at college on a course that i hoped would help me get there but a few months ago started to have second thoughts about the whole thing, especially because i am the only girl and surrounded by men who think that i am incapable of doing well for myself because i am a girl but after reading your blog and how you want ‘To inspire youth, and especially girls, around the world to pursue their dreams’, you have helped me become determind me to carry on but this time with more enthusiasm and drive to succeed.
    You are amazing, thank you so much.
    K x

    Comment by K — October 3, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

  239. There is a reason people are poor. Its because of the choices they made. Its not because nobody helps them! C’mon loosers always blame someone else for being a looser. Iranian people have a choice, but they don’t want to sacrifice or do anything about it! Well, Billion’s of dollars would not help Iranian people’s problem either! If its as bad as you say it is then its time to choose and take some risks and do something about it. Freedom dosen’t come free! Why do you think America is great? Because they choose to be GREAT, their greatness didn’t come free nor nobody gave it to them!

    Comment by Yassi — October 3, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

  240. hi there!

    everyone has, at some point in their lives, dreamed of going to space. you’re living our dream. please don’t be discouraged by what the negatives say.

    with love from malaysia:)

    Comment by Philters — October 3, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

  241. You go girl!
    never mind the idiots
    Gates can be shut, but people’s mouths can not

    you earned it, you spend it as you see fit

    I myself, my 14 year old daughter and many others have been deeply inspired by you and your husband. We will look forward to you and Mr. Ansari’s next big accomplishment.
    Spread your wings wide and fly free.

    Los Angeles

    Comment by Tooraj — October 3, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

  242. I am another of the more silent that has been watching your adventure with awe, respect, and a profound sense of longing to experience what you have.

    You have in some measure given that to me, By your openness and casual style of writing your blog as if you were speaking to friends has been very profound. I am in your debt!

    I have been a fan of yours for quite some time, as I was also intently watching the X Prize and the final triumph of Space ship 1

    There are humanitarian works that a person can do on a local level ( which is what I am able to do ), works on a regional level, on a national level and on a global level, and then there is what you have done.

    Promoting works on a humanity level, More lives have been saved by the science that came out of the science for Space exploration than any other single endeavor in the medical field.

    There is no question you have spent wisely, promoting science, and discovery, and the advance of humanity.

    Do not be discouraged by those that do not understand this, be encouraged at the people that had not thought this way before. Your passage “The Price of a Dream” I copied and sent to several schools, it was priceless and an inspiration to many.

    You will always be in my mind as pioneer, and the only negative feeling I have, is that I might be a tad jealous. But you have paid that too, by letting me experience your adventure through your blog.

    Take a deep breath… you cant change everyone in the world… sad but true… but if you have even got to even 1, you have made a difference. And you, my dear, have made a change for countless thousands of us.


    Comment by Dwight — October 3, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

  243. Dear Anousheh,
    You are a very strong woman. You’ve achived so much, you shouldn’t get upset. Just think of all the good notes, get positive enery and go forward. I love to read your notes.
    Thank you,

    Comment by Nafiseh — October 3, 2006 @ 2:54 pm

  244. Dearest Anousheh,

    You have made a tremendous positive impact on my life and millions more. This is what you need to remember. People are entitled to their opinions, and some are jealous of your success and fame - you cannot make everyone happy.

    Please always remember all these wonderful comments you receive and don’t give up in writing your blog. We need that as we get so much energy from it.

    I look forward to reading your blog, your book, and seeing you on Oprah show (I hope!).

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers every day and we love you!!


    Comment by freshteh — October 3, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

  245. Dear Anousheh, although I closely followed your flight via this blog, so far I posted just one comment because I figured you would have been hyper-busy. But, concerning the “price of a dream” issue, I briefly post to suggest that you reread the bottom half of page 5 of James Hansen’s excellent biography of Neil Armstrong, “First Man”, which I’m sure you know well. Space exploration can be *that* awe inspiring. Looking forward to your next flight.

    Comment by Paolo Amoroso — October 3, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

  246. I am sorry you received some negative comments. From what I can tell, 99.99% of people are inspired by what you did, and everyone is thrilled by the quality of your reporting from space. I can’t think of any way I would have had a better vicarious space experience than what I got through your blog.

    Comment by Howard Seltman — October 3, 2006 @ 3:15 pm

  247. Dear Anousheh,
    Do not let the negativity let you down. I know it’s easier said than done but just think about those who you are inspiring. And remember that people that are not being inspired by you have a problem on *their* end, it’s not a shortcoming of yours. I’m an experienced blog reader (never wrote one, though! hehe) and have witnessed the same thing happening to the most incredible, interesting and sweet people that take the time and are thoughtful enough to bring a lot of constructive input (to which group you belong) to others willing to listen. And I finally came to the conclusion that it’s not a blogger’s job to try and bring out the best of people who are too lost to turn from vampires to truly constructive people. Most importantly, the negativity belongs to THEm. Don’t accept it as yours. My best wishes and I hope you can have many other incredible adventures soon!

    Comment by Flavia F. — October 3, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

  248. Mrs.Ansari,

    Thank you for your candid open descriptions of your flight and your deep and very personal thoughts. Please ignore all those individuals that do not or cannot see the big picture. I have seen and read about space flight for almost 30 years, and your descriptions made me feel like I was on the ISS with you. Thank you for sharing that with all of us. Congratulations on a successful flight. A fellow Plano Texas resident . Nino Arzon.

    Comment by Nino Arzon — October 3, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

  249. hey,
    though many echo my sentiments thought i repeat them just to tell u how much fun it was living a space travel through someone who was lucky enough to get a chance to did in a lifetime. for many of us who may not be as luck be rest assured we were as excited for u as we would have been for ourselves. people who cant understand that expression of private opinion is biggest luxury this modern world gives to its citizens neednt read others opinions. dont get diheartened and dont let anything bitter ure experience.
    to many more fantastic oppurtunities

    Comment by ayshwarya chandar — October 3, 2006 @ 3:44 pm

  250. Dear Anousheh,

    Wow, this is the entry with the most comments, isn’t it? When you talk about your disappointment about negative comments.
    I understand you feeling awkward more than you can imagine… I’m also like that. When many are content with what I do and one isn’t, I get totally bitter and can’t stop thinking about that one person who criticized me. That’s when you have to hold on for a sec and think about it.
    Come one, these negative ppl are only jealous because you’re rich and can even fly to space with your money. Who cares about them? You know how you got your money and if you don’t feel ashamed because you know it was all hard and honest work that helped you to your wealth, then just ignore all the negative voices. Some just refuse to understand your philosophy, they have fixed opinions about what rich ppl should do and spacelfight isn’t one of them.
    So just keep on writing the blog, I would really love to know how you are doing. I keep visiting the site and watching your videos because I can absolutely relate to your personality.
    You’re a very brave and smart woman so I’m sure you’ll tackle the attacks and be able to see the tremendous amount of support worldwide that you’re recieving. This is what truly matters.

    With love,

    Agi from Hungary

    Comment by Agi — October 3, 2006 @ 4:00 pm

  251. hi! My name is Raquel, and I’m a 15-year-old student. I’m Portuguese, and it was with join that I found your blog 2 days ago. You are such an inspiration to all tha ladys around the world, showing that this is certainly not a “men’s world”! I believe femail population is understimated, and we can do so much that cannot be listed not in a million years!
    I always thought we are what we want to, but somedays I woke up thinking that is just something parents tell us when we are their little child, but years after, they won’t let us be what we always wanted… But I guess that’s not totally true. All of us can reach the next level, and as we get it, we always got another one to achieve.
    I’m just a teenager, but I got truily inspired with your posts! Keep posting, because as me, are lots of teens who need this type of “help” to get on with whatever they want for them! ;)

    Kisses, Kel

    ps.: I’m sorry about my english, I hope it’s everything ok and understandable! At least, I usually study it =P

    Comment by Kel — October 3, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

  252. Dear Anousheh,

    Glad that you are back on earth safe and sound. I know that for now you are very busy with details of returning to the normal earthly life, but take a minute of break and acknowledge your feat and achievement.
    You are the first Persian ever (apart from the legend of king Keykavoos!) who made it into the space and nobody can take it from you. I am telling it to less friendly people, come-on guys, she did it, live with that!

    Years from now you will be remembered with greatest respects that a Persian could possibly ever achieve.

    By the way, Your space blog, night time flying over Ireland and the Celtic woman’s “Walking In the Air” song gave me a feeling of actually experiencing the same trip.

    Thank you for being a milestone.

    All the best, Hadi

    Comment by Hadi — October 3, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

  253. Anousheh, you my distant star. I very happy, that so pure soul woman have been in space. You fulfil a dream, and I`m do it too.
    Your smile on photo - smile of very happy woman :)

    Let me writing one citate, please.

    I came to understand the secrets of your sad little life… For a long time you had found your only entertainment in the quiet pleasure of looking at the sunset. I learned that new detail on the morning of the fourth day, w hen you said to me:
    “I am very fond of sunsets. Come, let us go look at a sunset now.”
    “But we must wait,” I said.
    “Wait? For what?”
    “For the sunset. We must wait until it is time.”
    At first you seemed to be very much surprised. And then you laughed to yourself. You said to me:
    “I am always thinking that I am at home!”
    Just so. Everybody knows that when it is noon in the United States the sun is setting over France.
    If you could fly to France in one minute, you could go straight into the sunset, right from noon. Unfortunately, France is too far away for that. But on your tiny planet, my little prince, all you need do is move your chair a few steps. You can see the day end and the twilight falling whenever you like…
    “One day,” you said to me, “I saw the sunset forty-four times!”
    And a little later you added:
    “You know - one loves the sunset, when one is so sad…”
    “Were you so sad, then?” I asked, “on the day of the forty-four sunsets?”
    But the little prince made no reply.

    (с)Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Little Prince

    Thanks, Albina, Russia

    Comment by Albina — October 3, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

  254. Even Mother Theresa was made fun of.

    Your level of commitment to humanity, your spirituality, your intelegence, your kind heart, your ability to write so vividly, your beauty, and much, much more is so high up in the sky (the level of the stars, the moons, and the sun), that is not understood by those mean spirited few who cannot see anyone on top of the world. Laugh at them and keep your chin up! You made history!

    One of your fans in the DC area

    Comment by Your fan in DC — October 3, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

  255. I don’t have any thing to say but:”Iran is proud of you!!!certainly.:D and a question:Is it possible to leave commments in Farsi?

    Comment by Amir — October 3, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

  256. سلام انوشه خانم ، اميدوارم هميشه و در همه حال در كنار خانواده محترمتان زندگي خوبي داشته باشيد و هميشه در اوج باشيد و ما هم همه وقت و همه جا به وجود انسان شريفي چون شما افتخار خواهيم كرد . انوشه خانم ، هرچند كامنتهاي زيادي داريد و نميدونم اين كامنت منو مي خونيد يا نه اما با اين وجود ميخوام بدونم به چه شكل ميتونم با شما صحبت كنم ؟؟ باور كنيد برام يه آرزو هستش … منتظر جوابتون هستم .. سبز باشيد . درووووود .

    Comment by Mahmood — October 3, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

  257. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. I am glad that the person in space who is representing the average person… is one who has both brains and heart.


    Comment by Rick, Atlanta, GA — October 3, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

  258. You should only be happy!! Only for yourself and the great work you’ve done. Focus on the peace the stars will bring and please.
    Love, C.

    Comment by Cris Leite — October 3, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

  259. re: :Is it possible to leave commments in Farsi?

    Comment by Amir — October 3, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

    Yes it is certainly possible! However Ground Ops Special Linguistics Unit is on travel and so moderation will be somewhat time-delayed…

    re: Comment by Brian Scott — October 3, 2006 @ 10:09 am

    In fact Shubber Ali is not a Troll, he’s a true friend of the spacefaring thing — just not easily moved to tears!

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 3, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

  260. My dear travelling family, especially dear Anousheh,

    It is a shame that there is negative, but that small piece cannot in any way touch on the good you have done or the incredible experience you’ve had.

    I am of course highly jealous of your journey and can’t wait to join the travellers of the stars. Maybe when next you go we can all be shipmates.

    It’s very natural, especially after a completion, to be introspective and at those times we’re all most vulnerable to criticism and negativity; but also to positive inspiration.

    You have been an inspiration to many. Space has been an exclusive club for many years. You (and several others to be fair) are opening the door for the rest of us. Let’s look at the difference that we’ve seen in most of our lifetimes: space has opened from elite military test pilots to an every day girl with big dreams and a bigger heart.

    However, Anousheh, you specifically have made huge contributions to the world, here are a few:
    * $20 million or so pricetag: each time this is paid, it makes the tickets for the rest of us slightly cheaper and slightly sooner. $200k and falling for flights in the near future.
    * Technologies spurred by space save thousands of lives on Earth yearly (GPS, Satellite Communication, water reclamation technology) and make most of our lives better (velcro, cell phones). You paid part of the price tag, and who knows what will come about from this year’s research.
    * You are keeping the dream of space alive and attainable to the public. The public which votes for politicians and donates money. 1.1 million hits and counting is a SERIOUS constituency. Wake up, politicians!
    * We need good scientists, engineers, administrators, entrepeneurs, etc to make the dream reality. If even 1 decides to follow your footsteps, and I expect it’s many more, you’ve been a hero of humanity.
    * You gave people both young and old a hero who doesn’t play sports, make movies, or sing songs. You don’t get arrested, don’t spend your resources on “bling”, and don’t check into rehab. Nice to have a role model.
    * You provided a blog for all of us to meet. Folks, we’re not alone. There is intelligent life: right here. Let’s get together and get to work, ok? :)

    And, surely even your harshest critics can’t believe that your contributions and positive achievements began at liftoff. This is who you are, who we look up to, and we anxiously look forward to your next achievements. If we ever meet, it will be my honor. And for those rough days (there always are but they go past), that’s why they make Ben and Jerry’s!


    Comment by Bryan of Dallas, Earth (for now) — October 3, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

  261. Hello Again Anousheh,

    I have already posted one comment on this article but i was just thinking, as hurtful and draining as those negative comments and unwarranted criticism might be right now, in time the pain will fade away. What will not fade though is the change you have initiated ( or accelerated ). There is a boy or girl out there whose destiny has now been set thanks to you. And at the height of their career when they tell the world that it was you who inspired them to pursue their dreams i doubt the joy and satisfaction you’ll feel then will leave room for any bad memories.

    ..And years from now when you are old and gray ( and still very beautiful i’m sure :-) ) and you are sitting with your husband on a couple of rocking chairs at a beautiful lakeside home sipping a cup of tea, and a space-plane streaking across the sky, headed for an orbiting station or maybe beyond, catches the orange glow from the setting sun, the tears that will roll down your cheeks as the memories come rushing back, will not be from the negative remarks being made now or in future, but from knowing you had a part to play in all that and you played your part very well… That you were the Change!


    Muinde JK

    Dallas TX

    Comment by Muinde Kithome — October 3, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

  262. Hi,
    I just heard about your blog and decided to drop in and see what it’s all about.
    I needed to tell you that you are doing an awesome job! Don’t let all the negativity get to you - these people are just jealous. Take heart from your supporters and please do not feel too overwhelmed by instant celebrity. You are making history and representing us girls up there and I couldn’t be more proud of you!
    Enjoy this Experience and thank you for sharing it with us! I wish I could see what you have seen!
    ~Erin Kelly
    Boston, MA

    Comment by Erin Kelly — October 3, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

  263. salam anoosheh khanoom
    من تا حالا مطالبم رو بصورت انگلیسی تایپ میکردم…ولی دیدم شاید بین این همه مطالب انگلیسی زبان مادریتون شاید بهتون روحیه بده…
    من این مطلب آخرتونو ندیده میگیرم…ما ایرونیا تازه داریم به خودمون امیدوار میشیم..و اونم فقط واسه کار شما بود..و حالا شما دارین میگین بعضی ها حرف های نا امید کننده میزنن..اینو قبول ندارم…چون هستم بعضی ها که نمیتونن ببینن یه ایرونی این کارا رو کرده
    va ye chize dige..toro khoda matalebe farsi veblogetoonam be rooz konin..chon bazi az irooniha mesle khodam hastan ke kamel be zaban englisi mosalat nistan va dar har soorat doos daran matalebe vebloge in khanoome irooni ro bekhoonan..
    pas toro khoda..veblogetono farsi ham konin

    Comment by vahid esmailpour — October 3, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

  264. Thanks for sharing. I’m so in awe. You’ve accomplished soo much, there always will be jealous people. You’re an inspiration, please don’t stop blogging because of that…

    nive, India

    Comment by patchcable — October 3, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

  265. As I was thinking today I wondered how foolish are the people who think that spending money for poor people is prefered to going to space….
    Actually all the scientific achievements are based of investments, small or big, depending of nature of research or industrial work. If the people who have lived before us had stopped all those activities for developping the world, just because of the poor people around them, we would have been living in the stone age now.This is like we expect all who are trying to find a way to cure cancer,AIDS,.. or invent new systems to make travelling faster,…, to forget all about them and invest the money for building schools and hospitals. So our world would be full of schools and hospitals without having anything to teach to students and any way to cure diseases.

    Comment by Ann — October 3, 2006 @ 6:02 pm

  266. Dear Ms. Ansari,

    What you have done…your trip to space, your blog, your sponsorship of the X-Prize…is a Great Inspiration to me and to most of the people who know of your endeavors. It shocks and saddens me deeply that people would make attacks on you for what you have so genuinely done from your heart.

    American society, through the negativism of the mainstream media, has been greatly damaged. Please know that the people who attack you truly do not know what they are doing. They are people who have deep, unresolved issues in their own hearts and they have, therefore, been quick to buy into the overly harsh negativism that our media spits out.

    Negativity does not come from the heart, though it may mask the positivity that lies within. If everyone would simply look at themselves in the mirror and resolve their own issues, the mask of negativity would be removed.

    You, Ms. Ansari, have a beautifully uncluttered heart. Please do not let the negativists bring you down. I look so forward to seeing, hearing and feeling the positivity that comes from your heart. Do not stop what you are doing. You are surely on the right Path.

    Peace to you,

    Michael Bright

    Comment by Michael Bright — October 3, 2006 @ 6:06 pm

  267. I have been following your blog but never posted a comment until now. I don’t know why people are being negative about your trip, and you really shouldn’t pay any attention to them. Your trip inspired me, had me wishing it was me up there. I could tell from your blogs and videos you were up their for all the right reasons, you weren’t there to gain fame, you were there to see the world from a whole new view. You were there to explore space. My sons enjoyed seeing the videos of you and talked of way day being an astronut so they too could go to space. You allowed many of us to dream. Thank you for your blogs which have allowed us to be a part of your experience and please keep blogging. I know I’ll be reading.

    Comment by Stephanie Foster — October 3, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

  268. Thank you so much for sharing Anousheh! It is a wonderful gift you have given the world!

    I feel sorry for the people sitting in judgemental and not acting with respect, and I am sorry when I also act that way.

    Link to Price of a Dream

    Comment by Lloyd D Budd — October 3, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

  269. Nounoush Jan
    Few days ago, Roxanne(my 15 year old daughter) told me how proud she is for being a Persian woman. Our readers don’t know but my daughter is Persian Jamaican, and for the first time she was so proud, that’s what you did azizam. You should be very happy, you touched so many people’s hart and thanks to your blog we experienced your journey with you. You have a vision and sometimes is hard for people to see that. Give them a chance, they will… Please continue your blog, we want our Anousheh with her beautiful smile back. Can’t wait to see you .

    Comment by Nazdaneh — October 3, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

  270. Hi Anousheh, I have got to say that the inspiration you give is immeasurable, forget the negative people who to me just sound jealous. What you have done is and always will be amazing, you are the adventurer of my life time. The way you express yourself just makes the whole experience more wonderful. My world is a better place now I know you, take care

    Comment by Howard — October 3, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

  271. Why are all of you people assuming that Anousheh HASN’T contributed to the world in other ways, including philanthropy?

    That isn’t exactly something that people flaunt.

    Comment by ydykgfuklhyfl — October 3, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

  272. Hello Anousheh,

    it’s hard to find the right words. You are the more powerful writer than me.
    So, what I would say is that the thing about the ‘commercial’ space trip and how the money could have spent in other (better?) ways is obsolete. The point is that planet earth can feed us all together easily, give everyone a shelter and make us all happy. The problem instead is that the countries which have enough food and anything should share this with countries who haven’t. I mean it’s not a thing of ‘money’ it is a thing of humanity. The mankind needs some time (centuries?) to understand that. If all work together and shares everything which each other it would be like in paradise, or like in StarTrek. What you did with your mission to press the ‘fast forward’ button for some that this would happen earlier.
    No matter what price you paid. You gave us all hope. I mean really all. Even the people which disagree with you. Okay, they are not supporting your trip who says when spent your money other ways it would be better? For myself I can say it wouldn’t. You gave me hope. You made me feel like I was a little boy a watched StarTrek on TV. I believed if I was grown up all things are like this. People helping each other and no one has to starve or no place to sleep. Time after time the dreams where gone - til the point you were going to space. You made me believe that one day this really all could happen. I felt like a little boy again. Like sitting next to you in the soyz, and floating on the ISS. I was so emotional touched and teared eyes that I had to stop reading and clean my eyes.
    I got my dreams back. For my part I will work as hard as I can that everyone has enough to eat, a shelter and a home called earth. I do this my way, which god has me most talented of and I could do best. Everyone has a speciality which he could do best and if everyone do this for each other and for free (which up to now is not possible) … that’s the future I dream of.
    The best things in live are free. :-)
    As your blog is.

    At some point I have to disagree with you. You said said once a time you are not special. For me - you are.
    I never had a hero in my childhood. Like any other did. Superman, RobinHood, even at StarTrek there was no hero for me. Okay, I would always be a little bit like Scotty or LaForge but I saw them not as heros. More like ‘collegues’ some day. :-)
    I drift away, so what I would say is that you are my hero. The reason is that you made many people helped to believe again that they could reached their dreams. You gave the vision back so many have lost. Sharing emotions so deeply that for some the space travel come as real as it could. You said that is a strong bond between the people on the ISS. With your blog you made a special place for us. For believers in a better future, for people who love exploring, who love space, who a little bit of the dream they have come true. To be part of a space exploration. And you - You where like a superhero. Above us, watching us. No borders, no languages conflicts. only one planet, our planet, EARTH.

    Best wishes.

    A Fan of you
    DaN, germany

    Comment by DaN — October 3, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

  273. Hello dear Anousheh
    I don’t know why you mind about a very few negative comments. As I have said before, I’m so proud of you and when I read the comments, about 99% of them are positive. When I talk about you with my friends and people in Iran, they all think you are a very successful Iranian and your blog is very interesting and as you said is very successful because you write from your heart. You can’t make everyone happy and I think the important thing is that positive movement that you have made and jealous people can’t see it.
    We don’t want you to be disappointed. I really love your blog and I want to tell you please continue writing and share your experiences with us about what you have done and what you are going to do.

    Comment by Golnaz,19,Tehran — October 3, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

  274. […] Anousheh Ansari “the first woman to buy her own ticket to space” wrote yesterday I couldn’t sleep: I will continue my blog for now until I get too drained by the negativity to write…Thank you to those who have been encouraging me, and to those whom I disappointed, I hope your action will make up for your disappointment in me… […]

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  275. ماه گذشته تو بيست ميليون دلار خرج كردي و هرچي ثروت و سمت و خانواده رو زمين داشتي رها كردي و جان خودتو در راه سفري بسيار خطرناك گذاشتي كه من هر لحظه منتظر بودم نكنه اون كپسول آتيش بگيره يا موقع پريدن منفجر بشه كه چي ؟

    كه من اين گوشه دنيا سرم رو بالا نگه دارم بگم من ايرانيم.
    كه شجاعت و همت رو در دل بسياري بيدار كني.
    كه هر آنچه سرخوردگي و عجز رو از دلمون پاك كني.

    خستگي و رنگ پريدگي رو وقتي از توي كپسول بيرون اومدي تو چهرت ديدم.انگار صد سال ناگفته و نكرده رو يكجا بانجام رسونده بودي !

    اين كار تو بقدري متهورانه و بزرگ بود كه بسياري رو ناخودآگاه به عكس العملهاي منفي واداشته.

    هي…آدم زميني ها رو ميگم .شما آسموني ها مسلما اونا رو درك نميكنيد. يه كمي اگه حوصله كني و به حرفاشون گوش كني آخرش ميبني ميگن : پس ما چي ؟
    همه حرص ميزنن ! تو ممكنه به جاذبه زمين عادت نداشته باشي ولي براي ما زمينيها كه بهش آلوده شديم “حرص زدن” عادي شده!!

    مثل يك شهاب زيبا از آسمون صبح به زمين فرود اومدي و پيامي آوردي: كي گفته تو نميتوني و نبايد ؟!

    درود به شرافت و همتت دختر ! چه كردي……!!!


    Comment by kamyar — October 3, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

  276. My hero,
    You couldn’t sleep , so you might as well keep your eyes open enough to see a lot of ppl who couldn’t sleep as well. Anoushe joon, don’t you see how even your silent readers including myself couldn’t see you sad. I personally know some ppl that read and enjoy your blog and are too lazy to thank you. For the nth time I want to thank you for thinking of us and taking your time to share your dream with us instead of looking down the window and watching the world go by. Do not you know that beside going to space, you made a lot of friends.the kind of friends that share their hearts with you . What is the price of that ?ha? You tell me! So please do us all a favor and put a smile on your gorgeous face, cause we can’t stand your sad face. By the way did you manage to find your lip-gloss? ;)
    Lots of love,

    Comment by Mahsan Farokhi — October 3, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

  277. It’s only after reading todays post that I actually looked at others comments, I have never really been interested in reading what others write (and am still not). I read your blog because through it I got to experience something I may never get a chance to do on my own, it’s been a wonderful journey and I thank you for sharing it with me (and all the rest).

    Whatever people may write about it - this has been your experience, your journey and you are so brave to share these personal moments with total strangers all around the world….

    You’ve been an inspiration to me and 15 of my friends who also got hooked on your journey.


    Comment by Jame Drew — October 3, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

  278. “..All this said it bring me to the reason I’m writing this entry… I will not engage in a one-to-one dialogue to try to convince you to see it my way. I have always believed that what counts at the end of the day is results. I’m not doing this to gain popularity and approval. I’m doing it because I believe there is a great positive movement that is resulting from it. Only the future will tell if I was right…”

    Dear Anousheh,

    You don’t need to justify your acts to the others. Let them see what they want to see…. The result of your journey, regardless what it is, relates only to you . No one can expect you to do magics in the world and make everything as perfect as he/she wants. They should realize that we are not living in the Asterix and Obelix world…
    Please take rest and relax..Your journey has been full of tensions and your body needs rest…You have tolerated such a big force during reentry that none of us can stand even for few minutes…Please don’t bitter those sweet moments you’ve had in the ISS, with those stupid foolish thoughts..We shouldn’t give them the value they don’t deserve…

    Comment by Jabis — October 3, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

  279. Congrats on a successful mission! I hope you don’t take the negative comments too seriously. When one pokes her head above others there will always be those willing to throw things to knock you back down. Stay strong and do not let them discourage you. You are great because you are courageous and you honor science and the future with your accomplishments!

    Peace be with you


    Comment by Rob C — October 3, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

  280. Droood

    I do the Best don’t care about them
    I ensure you I confirm this:
    من خودم در ایران زندگی میکنم و بیشتر مطالبی که در نشریات وسایتهای اینترنتی داخل کشورراجب شمامطلب مینویسن را دنبال میکنم .من به جرات میتوانم بگم تا به امروز 2-10-2006 بیش از 98% تمام این نشریات از شما به عنوان یک ایرانی کاملا موفق با اهدافی روشن و الهام بخش یاد کرده اند .
    حتی بهترین برنامه تخصوصی نجوم ,شبکه تلویزیون ایران به نام (اسمان شب) چند ویژه برنامه در مورد موضوع سفر شما تهیه کرده بود .
    دریکی از ان برنامه یک دعوت از علاقه مندان سفر شما به فضا شد تا در همایشی جهت اشنایی با شما و اهداف سفر شما شرکت کنند و با استقبال بی نظری روبرو شد (جای برای 300 نفر ولی شرکت کنندها حدود 600 نفر! تمام صندلها پر شده بود !! دیگه جا حتی برای ایستادن در سالن نبود!!! حتی علاقمندان حاضر بودن از بیرون سالن فقط صدای کارشناسان را بشنون , بدون تصویر !!!!! این علاقه مندان 3 ساعت تمام بر روی پا ایستاده بودن !!!!!! ,در ان همایش بیانیه از طرف رییس پژوهشکده هوا و فضا ایران به منظور ارج نهادن به سفر و اهداف شما از خوانده شد !!!!!!! ) در اخر این همه استقبال بی نظیر از این همایش موجب شگفتی تمام حضار و الخصوص مچریان و برپا کنندگان شده بود و از تمام حضار به خاطر این همه عشق تشکر کردن . {البته من از اینجا , برای برپای ان همایش تشکر میکنم }
    خب این تازه یک شهر ایران بود که در روز دوم سفر شما یک همچین همایشی برگزار شد .
    از اوضاع احوال سایتهای ایرانی شما فقط سری به سایت http://www.spacescience.ir بزنید تا ببینید چه پوشش خبری کاملی از شما تهیه کرده است .
    انصاری عزیز من البته فکر میکنم شما با این محدود زمانی یغامها اوایل سفرخود را خواندید اگه شما پیغامهای روز برگشت توجه کنیید فکر نکنم یک مطلب نا امید کننده و یا مایوس کننده داشته باشید
    من قبلا هم برای شما نامه نوشته بودم ( ان زمانی که در مدار زمین در ایستگاه بین المللی بودید ) و به شما گفته بودم حتی من شما رو به عنوان یک الگوی موفقیت جدید به جای افرادی موفقی مثل انتونی رابینز یا بیل گیتس انتخاب کرده ام و دوست دارم به حتما فعالیت فارسی سایت خودتان رو برای افراد ایرانی بیشتر کنیید .
    تا ایرانیان بتوانند مثل همیشه و بیش از پبش به صورت چهرهای موفق دنیا تبدیل بشن .

    man ham dar in seminar bodam, va in mozo ro taeid mikonam,
    v agar esme ro dide bashin dar commentha dide bashin mibinin man avalin nafar bodam khabare in seminaro comment gozashtam

    khodeton bekhater in tedad ensan kotah bin negaran nakonid
    mesle hamishe por energy bashin va ba energy mosabate khodeton ejaze nadin tedadi comment az iek seri afrad kotah bin shoma ro naraht konan

    Moafagh bashin

    Comment by بهنام — October 3, 2006 @ 7:30 pm

  281. Hi Anousheh.
    I just want to say that you should not consider the negative people and continue to publish interest things in your blog. It is great to know a little bit about a fabolous woman like you. Please, dont give up.

    Kisses from Brasil,

    Comment by Bárbara Nunes — October 3, 2006 @ 7:32 pm

  282. Commenters who called other commenters names, please note: your comments have been deleted.

    Keep looking up!

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 3, 2006 @ 7:44 pm

  283. Good grief, what has been going on. I was reading your blog closely until I had a really busy spell so I’ve missed all this negativity. Please try to be strong and not let the negatives get to you but I know that is easier said that done.

    My take on it is that if you have acquired the money (by working hard) then it is a great and noble thing to use it in a way that is exciting and helps support space exploration. Good for you for being a woman and doing what you are doing.

    And thank you for sharing and bringing the human aspect.


    Comment by Doris — October 3, 2006 @ 7:48 pm

  284. Hello Dear Ms. Ansari :
    you are my hero … god bless you …
    best regards : Shima /from Iran / Maragheh

    Comment by Shima — October 3, 2006 @ 7:48 pm

  285. Hi Anoushe jun salam
    Congratulation, we are so proud of u. u are the best. don’t be sad b/c people with negative comment are unhappy people. What u did is something very speicial. T-o nore cheshme hameye Irani ha hasti.

    Ghorbonet beram

    Comment by goli — October 3, 2006 @ 7:58 pm

  286. Hi Anousheh,

    I guess you have got bulks of foolish messages which have made you upset… Please consider there are some professional!!! people whose job is sending bulks of nonsense messages to weblogs and web pages. This may happen to many blog holders….If you track their IP addresses, you’ll probably find out all these messages are from few senders….Actually you are IT specialist , so surely you know this matter.

    Comment by Ann — October 3, 2006 @ 8:10 pm

  287. dear anousheh
    we very enjoying of ur blog and ur films .its very interesting and exciting for us … realy we get good feel when seeing ur blog and ur lovely notes. u shared with us ur pure and beautiful feel and experience when u was in space …just can say thank u and thank u so much :).. blessing for u and with the best wishes.
    again thank u so much for all .
    keep ur smile :) good luck

    Comment by aysen — October 3, 2006 @ 8:10 pm

  288. Dear Moderator X prize

    I have just sent a “farsi comment” to my great hero Mrs Ansari. I am wondering why didn’t you let it to be published.

    best regards

    [email received]

    Comment by kamyar — October 3, 2006 @ 8:13 pm

  289. dear anousheh
    we very enjoying of ur blog and ur films .its very interesting and exciting for us … realy we get good feel when seeing ur blog and ur lovely notes. u shared with us ur pure and beautiful feel and experience when u was in space …just can say thank u and thank u so much :).. blessing for u and with the best wishes.
    again thank u so much for all .
    keep ur smile :) good luck

    Comment by aysen — October 3, 2006 @ 8:15 pm

  290. On Shuber Ali’s blog, which I just read, (sigh) he claims to be a CEO and a part of the communications industry—clearly evident in this sentence:

    “What sort of emotionally stunted tribble writes a pablum such as this?”

    I guess a tribble is a Star Trek character which explains why the ‘Wrath of Khan’ is listed as his favorite movie on his profile. Anyways, why would a communications expert misspell ‘pabulum’–a word that means ‘insipid writing’ when trying to criticize other writing?

    This guy is 38 years old and Anousheh is 40. Both of them are business people so I imagine there is a whole lot of jealousy on his part, but it is too bad that he attempts to devalue the achievements of Anousheh and the resulting worldwide inspiration that she has created just to make himself feel like he is on the same playing field as her.

    Let me tell you something, Shubber Ali, because I know you have read every word of this. Your intolerance is not helpful, nor is your unbelievable inability to grasp what has really happened here. This world needs inspiration and we will take it anyway we can get it. The Russian economy also needs this money and your tunnel vision is unacceptable in the 21st century.

    Congratulations Anousheh and I hope you sleep well tonight!

    Comment by Andy Motherway — October 3, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

  291. Hi
    The last but not least (I Hope)
    There is passage in the famous book of the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, “El quijote de la Mancha”, that in one moment the Hero directed to his assistant Sancho says: “…dogs are barking Sancho, It is the signal that we are riding..”.
    Every time we do something, every time someone critize us.
    Be yourself, take advantage of your experience to support those that can´t see what you see.
    You are a professional writer because you write with passion from your heart.
    What we expect?, science, humanity, development, a new world better for us and for the next generations.
    What we give you? only support and love.
    Every of us has a mission in the earth, onces to see earth from space and to develop experiments that results in an advantage for humanity. Others to put a link on earth problems. Both are needed, and every one must accomplish its mission.
    Musicians, astronauts, circus tamer, baker, scientist, doctors….
    It sounds terrible isn´t it?
    It is the earth!, we are here! alive !

    Best regards
    Carlos from Uruguay
    (PD, sorry for my english)

    Comment by Carlos — October 3, 2006 @ 8:31 pm

  292. Dear Anousheh~
    I want to tell you again how much I love your blog. It is truely amazing that we can share this experience with you. You’ve brought a whole new dimension to what space exploration is all about. I was never really interested in it until I heard about you and started reading your blog. Now I’m fascinated. I’m sure that is the case with many people.

    Please ignore the silly negative commenters. They are just part of the blogosphere. They pop up everywhere. They just want attention. Please don’t take them seriously or personally. Almost everyone who blogs gets a few of these people now and again. The more popular the blog, the more likely it is that you will get trolls (negative commenters)…no matter what you write about.

    So please don’t stop blogging. What you are doing is very important on a very grand scale. And we love you!!!

    Comment by DogsDontPurr — October 3, 2006 @ 8:38 pm

  293. Hello Anousheh,
    Congrats on a success mission! you’ve been an inspiration to my teenager children.
    with respect
    Houshang Aryadad from Cerritos, California

    Comment by Houshang Aryadad — October 3, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

  294. re Comment by kamyar — October 3, 2006 @ 8:13 pm

    I have just sent a “farsi comment” to my great hero Mrs Ansari. I am wondering why didn’t you let it to be published.


    Dear kamyar — the reason is that Agent K has not been to the moderation panel yet today, and she is the only moderator who can read Farsi (so far!)

    As soon as she gets here, this conversation will take on its usual look, and all the comment numbers will change… :-)

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 3, 2006 @ 8:54 pm

  295. I have to tell a story about Shubber Ali. I was on the emotional rollercoaster trying to get this last post of Anousheh’s proofed and posted and was only able to moderate a few comments —

    Then I was on chat with my friend Shubber, Noted Space Cynic, and I said something like this one’s for you.

    The comment he left up above was basically what he said to me on chat.

    And here is what I answered.

    LOL! Thanks Shubber — emotional rollercoaster stabilization device to the rescue.

    Shubber claims to have a patent on that invention.

    Just so ya’ll know ;-)

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 3, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

  296. Dear Anousheh,
    Please don’t give up on writing about your glorious experience in space. You must not get too discouraged about the negative commments. Look past them and keep writing from your heart. As you can see many people appreciate and enjoy the blog. We can’t all make it up into space so living it through your eyes has been a complete, and ultimate pleasure! Many of us will forever be earth bound, but dream of the wonders that live beyond our constraints. You have opened a window for all to look out of please don’t draw down the shades before we all can aborb this glorious view.

    Comment by Pam — October 3, 2006 @ 9:10 pm

  297. Dearest Anousheh,

    Almost everything has already been said in the comments above.

    There is a song that says “Love is in the air”. But today I discovered that love is also in space - see for yourself at http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap061003.html

    Don’t worry about bad criticism, not all people are alike. I’ll be sending a lot of posotive energy your way!

    Sweet dreams,


    Comment by Rene Marinus — October 3, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

  298. Anousheh,
    I’m waiting for the rest of the story “The ride down”! You left it unfinished, and promissed to finish up later! Please complete it, I keep checking!

    Comment by azar — October 3, 2006 @ 9:54 pm

  299. Hello Anousheh.

    I am just glad that a fellow Mashhadi beat Tehranis in the space race. I would just have loved if you spoke some Mashhadi in space :-).

    Be happy that you are loved by many and disliked by few, because that is the best place to be.

    When everybody dislike you, then something is wrong with everybody. When everybody love you, then you are totally wrong (or dreaming?).

    Comment by Keyhan — October 3, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

  300. Hear and mind of every human is millions times bigger than whole planet, inspiring this number of people mostly educated is an important achievement and u competently did this by being brave, honest and simply ANOUSHEH.

    I think the 30X 1000000 u spent so far was a little money compared to the huge impact you made.

    God bless


    Comment by Hooman — October 3, 2006 @ 9:58 pm

  301. “This guy is 38 years old and Anousheh is 40. Both of them are business people so I imagine there is a whole lot of jealousy on his part, but it is too bad that he attempts to devalue the achievements of Anousheh and the resulting worldwide inspiration that she has created just to make himself feel like he is on the same playing field as her.

    Let me tell you something, Shubber Ali, because I know you have read every word of this. Your intolerance is not helpful, nor is your unbelievable inability to grasp what has really happened here. This world needs inspiration and we will take it anyway we can get it. ”

    That gem of an insightful bit of posting was from Andy Motherway.

    Perhaps Andy is so angry because no one bothers to post on HIS blog about space (and gee, I wonder why). So go help the poor guy out and give him a comment on at least ONE of his deep meaningful posts to make him feel better about himself, so he doesn’t have to read another person’s vacation blog to feel inspiration in life.

    And Andy, I don’t have any need to feel like I am on the same playing field as Anousheh. I have nothing against, or for, her. I am happy she was able to do something i have admitted on many occasions I would do as well if I had the means. But that doesn’t make it any more a history-changing event than if she went to buy a Porsche from her local dealer. It’s been done before and will be again.

    The fact that you can’t see that simple truth is what makes you a space tragic.

    Comment by Shubber Ali — October 3, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

  302. I just found out about this blog from a friend and I am suprised and pleased to see such a moving and blatantly honest post as my first read. Always remember, the highest form of flattery is mockery, and the fact that you have trolls means that you are loved and popular. *smile*

    Let the small brains blather their negativity, it doesn’t mean you have to listen, and you definitely sdon’t have to care what they think of your choices in this journey.

    Keep that chin up, love, never let ‘em get you down.

    Comment by Whimspiration — October 3, 2006 @ 10:23 pm

  303. Hello again Anousheh and supporters.

    I do not like to use this comment page as a discussion room but I want to make a point.

    Dear Shubber Ali, I do totally agree that some (many actually) people or “fans” here are overly excited about something that has been done many times before. But you must admit that something is different with that Anousheh. She is the first space tourist who has so many fans. I think this is the case because she really truly believes in her mission and advocates it.

    And in light of that I admire her, not because she has been to space, not because she is billionaire and not because she is from my home town Mashhad. But because she really believes in something and has put her life in danger for it and wants to do it again.

    Comment by Keyhan — October 3, 2006 @ 10:29 pm

  304. Anousheh, as a (tiny) Xprize supporter and as a space enthusiast I daresay you’re making many people happy here on the big blue marble. Keep going and do not mind about the others, this world is filled with petty envious people whose only comfort is in despising who is better than them. Just leave them alone and enjoy every single drop of your dream.

    Comment by Gmac — October 3, 2006 @ 10:35 pm

  305. Dear Anousheh
    As an Iranian woman who has taken risks to fulfil her dreams with a life full of happiness and sadness besides success and disappointments, just I wanted to tell that you have successfully brought a new vision in front of young generation and that is being yourself, imagine and create rather than what others choose for you. Don’t give up. We are proud of you!

    Comment by Dr Faranak Ansari — October 3, 2006 @ 10:38 pm

  306. Anousheh, like some of the people here, I read your blog everyday and don’t usually comment. But this time, I would like to add my voice to tell you, please don’t be disheartened and discouraged by all this negative stuff. Thanks so much for sharing with us a precious experience in your life, you have no idea what it’s done for me. I hope and pray you find the peace and strength to continue what you have to do. Take care always!

    Comment by Ann — October 3, 2006 @ 10:40 pm

  307. Most of the things I want to say have already been said here so I just want to give you a virtual hug thru this comment *hugs*

    Comment by claudine — October 3, 2006 @ 11:02 pm

  308. Thank you for voicing feelings that many of us dream of. I have heard many speak of how beautiful earth is from space, and how wonderful it is to “visit” space or “visit” the space station (and years ago, “visit” the moon). I understood and have always enjoyed these statements and descriptions . . .

    . . . BUT . . .

    You were the first I heard use the word “home” (when describing how you felt first entering the station). What a wonderful moment!! You were never a “tourist”. You were obviously an “space explorer” and “space traveler”.

    More than that, through your support, efforts, and exploration, you are the beginning of what I hope someday soon will be space colonists, those who will live, work, love, and explore space . . . not for days or weeks or months . . . but as a permanent part of what I hope will be humanity’s future . . . people who will see not just Earth, but space-stations, the moon, and even more of this beautiful universe as “home”.

    I am so very, very proud of what you’ve accomplished, and what you continue to accomplish. I’m sure many feel the same way. We love you . . . You are a credit to the human race. Thank you for sharing the dream and inspiring so much and so many.

    - Chris

    Comment by Chris Hyman — October 3, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

  309. Anousheh, I am an American-Iranian living in South California and your story is one of very few stories in many long years where I have felt proud to be an Iranian.
    Good bless you.

    Comment by Babak Akbari — October 3, 2006 @ 11:22 pm

  310. Dear Anousheh,
    After reading your last blog, I just had to write to lend you my support. I don’t usually write back.
    DO NOT let them bring you down. I say this even though I sense you are fully capable of navigating your way through the “negative space” around us as well as anyone. Your own quote: “… the blog is very successful and with success comes judgment and scrutiny…”
    You are ONE soul (among many), chasing one dream (among many). Realizing one’s dream is everyone’s dream. Some get happy seeing others do it, some get jealous. That’s the story.

    Keep going.

    Comment by Mahmoud Bodaghi — October 3, 2006 @ 11:36 pm

  311. Shubber Ali 10:05;
    (Sorry to the rest of you readers out there, I know this is not a discussion-forum, and I hope I won´t have to enter more than one comment to this pseudoperson, whom by the way according to his given name should have more faith than the average bloke
    Ok, you keep arguing that this event is not a history breaking one, that it has been done before and that what Anousheh has done could only abe done because of/thanks to her financial means. Well, REALITY CHECK DUDE - IT IS an history-breaking event because 1) She is the first female tourist to this destination 2) She is the first Iranian born person doing what she has done 3) All of those having the means for a space trip like this one CANNOT in fact make the trip (how did she get her seat to begin with on such a short notice…) because of health issues, non-physical and non-pschycological fit, non-determination and non-motivation to keep working for this goal in a 2 year-period etc. etc. etc. So get over yourself - And go and thank whatever it is that you believe in for the mere existence of Anousheh - Because thanks to her and her touristic journey You are able to get more hits on your website than you would ever have gotten, which I persume is most definitely what you most of all crave for - So Much for blaming on others what one most of all want for oneself (in your case, 15 minutes of fame I persume ;-))

    Comment by Avid — October 3, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

  312. Hey Shub!

    Since we’re quoting:

    “Perhaps Andy is so angry because no one bothers to post on HIS blog about space (and gee, I wonder why). So go help the poor guy out and give him a comment on at least ONE of his deep meaningful posts to make him feel better about himself, so he doesn’t have to read another person’s vacation blog to feel inspiration in life.”

    Make no mistake; it was not anger that provoked my response to your post. I just find it irritating that you have consistently missed the point.

    In the case of the United States, we are graduating fewer and fewer engineers per year and too many officials at NASA are approaching the retirement age while the pool of those who could replace them is becoming shallower. Successes like Bigelow Aerospace’s Genesis 1 and the Ansari X Prize—made possible by a donation from Anousheh Ansari—have excited the imaginations of thousands of students and influenced them to change their majors in the hopes of working in the commercial space industry.

    We haven’t seen this happen in 35 years and we owe much of it to these events. So when media attention is drawn to figures like Anousheh, Burt Rutan, Peter Diamondis and their achievements, discussion occurs and ideas change… except yours.

    This was a lot more than a vacation—considering only a few hundred people have ever gone to space—and certainly more eventful than buying a Porsche.

    As far as my blog goes, it was begun as a personal journal to document events that I thought were important in the world of commercial space. I apologize if it was not of interest to you, but I certainly didn’t write it to impress you. Considering the events of late and the birth of my nephew, I have many sources of inspiration, so I hope no one feels obligated to post comments. But if you do, here is the address:http://newspaceage.blogspot.com

    And thanks, Shubber, for the advertisement.

    Comment by Andy Motherway — October 3, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

  313. Anousheh:

    I have read your blog with great interest, as I am in the space advocacy business myself. One can write a hundred, a thousand, or a million words to get one’s point across, but sometimes all it takes is a single, bold action to make a difference. Your writing is excellent; where you wrote it FROM is brilliant. You have another fan and supporter.

    Hope to see you in Las Cruces,


    Comment by Bart — October 3, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

  314. “Anousheh, I am an American-Iranian living in South California and your story is one of very few stories in many long years where I have felt proud to be an Iranian.”

    I’m sorry - why does her trip make you proud to be an Iranian? Because she is rich? Because she did something which in some way represents the skills or capabilities of the Persian people?

    Please, I’d really like to know.

    Comment by shubber Ali — October 4, 2006 @ 12:00 am

  315. “You were the first I heard use the word “home” (when describing how you felt first entering the station). What a wonderful moment!! You were never a “tourist”. You were obviously an “space explorer” and “space traveler”.”

    How is visiting a place where people already live being “an explorer”?

    Are you an explorer of your house every time you come home from work?

    IF Anousheh could do ANYTHING for you people, I pray to God it would be to get you to actually use your brains to think instead of simply being a bunch of toadying worshippers at the latest publicity event. Take a big step back and realise you are all getting gaga over someone else’s vacation.

    Comment by shubber Ali — October 4, 2006 @ 12:05 am

  316. Hi Andy!

    Make no mistake; it was not anger that provoked my response to your post. I just find it irritating that you have consistently missed the point.

    Probably because I’ve never seen one made yet…. :-)

    In the case of the United States, we are graduating fewer and fewer engineers per year and too many officials at NASA are approaching the retirement age while the pool of those who could replace them is becoming shallower.

    Agreed - this was one of the key findings of the aerospace commission. it is a major cause for concern for the US aerospace industry. In part because 15 years ago a major event occured which sucked people away from aerospace (the “final frontier”) - the creation of the WWW. (the new frontier). I’ve talked about this at length at various space conferences and would be happy to share the slides with you if you’d like to see them.

    Successes like Bigelow Aerospace’s Genesis 1 and the Ansari X Prize—made possible by a donation from Anousheh Ansari—have excited the imaginations of thousands of students and influenced them to change their majors in the hopes of working in the commercial space industry.

    Assume you are correct - where are these thousands of new engineers going to get jobs? Who is going to help them out when they can’t find meaningful employment in NewSpace ™ whilst their classmates who stuck with nanotech, biotech, or computer science are making nice livings and working in real companies that are selling to people here on Earth?

    We haven’t seen this happen in 35 years and we owe much of it to these events. So when media attention is drawn to figures like Anousheh, Burt Rutan, Peter Diamondis and their achievements, discussion occurs and ideas change… except yours.

    People made these same noises in the late 1990s about “new economics” and how the old rules don’t apply. Turns out, us traditionalists were right - economics are economics. Which is the primary ruler I use to measure space activities.

    This was a lot more than a vacation—considering only a few hundred people have ever gone to space—and certainly more eventful than buying a Porsche.

    WHY is it more than a vacation? Please explain that.

    Btw, for those who would like to actually understand our views on Anousheh’s trip, you are welcome to visit: space-cynic.blogspot.com

    Comment by shubber Ali — October 4, 2006 @ 12:33 am

  317. pay no attention to the negativity just continue to be a trailblazer
    you have much to be proud of and if some can’t see that then maybe they should look at themselves in the mirror and ask a few questions
    there are other things you could have done with your money however our capacity to dream and sometimes achieve those dreams is fundamental and a response to basic questions such as why are we here and what is our purpose? To dare and to dream and to live and to give of ourselves. What you have done is the praxis of that. You risked your life after all.
    Good luck

    Comment by adam storey — October 4, 2006 @ 12:35 am

  318. Shubber, please stop calling us names, we are not toadying worshippers, we are just impressed by Anousheh’s generosity for sharing her experience with us.

    Come on even you have to admit that it’s inspiring to see several thousand people inspired by what she’s done here.

    Some of us get emotional. So sue us.

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 4, 2006 @ 12:41 am

  319. Dear Anousheh

    Without darkness there is no light and if there were no bad people, there will be no good people.

    you have been a bright light, keep shining.

    lake jackson, texas

    Comment by yahya — October 4, 2006 @ 1:11 am

  320. Anousheh

    You’ve inspired so many with your blog about what space is REALLY LIKE in a way that’s never been done before. I’ve never heard the evocative description of “burnt almond cookies” before…but now I can imagine it just a bit better, thanks to you.

    I’m too old to have hope of ever going into space, but I know there are thousands of young boys and girls inspired by your experiences to study the sciences, and possibly go into space someday.

    Some things you can’t put a price tag on. Inspiration is one of them. The next night you can’t sleep, think about all the people in the world who are touched, moved, enlightened, and inspired by your trip into space. Think about all of us, and sleep well.

    Comment by Shardith — October 4, 2006 @ 1:36 am

  321. Shubber,
    Sorry you don’t understand. I hope someday you will. I’ll try and help.

    “Home” is not the way I heard people describe the space station before. No one resides there (relatively permanently). If someone who had never been to my house before came in and immediately felt they were “home”, that my house was where they belonged, and where they wanted to stay, even that would be only partially similar. Many have been to my house, but very few have been to the space station. I had never heard someone describe someplace NOT on Earth as “home” before . . . ever. For those of us who have such dreams of the future, that description was wonderful to hear. I am so very, very so sorry that you couldn’t understand or share that feeling.

    You see, to really understand, you would need to truly understand two things the feeling of “home”. If you haven’t had that feeling about any place . . . a feeling of belonging and permanence . . . I’m sorry that you can’t understand.

    You also have to have the vision to dream of a future in space for mankind. I am afraid you didn’t understand because you do not have these feelings. Like I said, I hope you do someday. Please relax a bit, and find something that lifts your heart and your dreams if none of this does. I hope you will find something that will make you happy.

    P.S. Yes, you CAN explore someplace that people have been before. Thousands of explorers have done this. Exploration does not necessarily mean to be the first person someplace. It can be any discovery (even the vision of something as seen from a new light). Happy explorations! (And yes, I have explored some interesting areas of my very own home recently . . . I should probably clean more often . . .)

    Comment by Chris Hyman — October 4, 2006 @ 1:46 am

  322. Anousheh

    Firstly, I admire your Courage to do what you have accomplished. You had a dream and you went for it and I admire that. This world would be better of if more people followed your lead.
    This is independent on my thoughts on the financial investments of the project which was large. I understand that everyday much of the Western World (which I am apart of) are spending ridicules amounts of money on useless, extravagant consumables while thousands are still dieing each day from the common cold. I can not criticize Anoushej for the investment made as I am the real product of the problem. Anousheh believes that what she did and the investment made would benefit humanity and it has. Was it worth it? Is the investments we make in our lives and our spending worth it?
    We need to possibly look closer as this is where the real problems lie. It is so much easier to look at an individual who is more public and seen as an easy target especially in a blog. At least she has made an effort to be a change in this world, be it ‘worth the cost or not’. This discussion is futile, as for her actions, I applaud.

    While I admire Anousheh and are saddened by criticisms she has received, I will applaud from the top of the hills the Man or Women that invests into solutions to alleviate poverty. For these people are real heroes.

    Anousheh is a fine example to many of us. More of us (Myself included) need to get off the couch and take the next step. For Humanity.
    God Bless and well done Anousheh.

    Comment by adrian — October 4, 2006 @ 1:51 am

  323. Anousheh

    What you have done has been an inspiration to many people, not only to fly in space but do do countless other things as well. Critics come from a long lineage, the Wright Brothers had plenty but it is not the critics who inspire to get things done. It is the doers and the thinkers who get things done and pass that on to others.

    If it was not for the Wrights then there could be no mercy flights. It is the step into space that has allowed us to look back on or planet to help others. What the future will bring, I do not know but a legacy of explorers that goes back to the dawn of man has brought us forward. Where to next? The critics can only look back, it is the leaders, they try to stop, who will shape the future.

    I doubt I will ever fly in space. I have enjoyed your description of the journey that you have given us, I hope you taught the other astronauts and cosmonauts to do likewise. It lets me think that if someone can achieve this goal then the small things I need to achive can be done. I think that, in the future, this flight and what is going on around it will be looked back on as the start of the next stage of human exploration.

    I look forward to the next blog from space.

    Comment by G Evans — October 4, 2006 @ 2:24 am

  324. Anousheh,

    Wow, u certainly have plenty of comments to read here.
    Just want u to know that its ok to read the comments and then ignore those negetives thoughts. Stop thinking about it. Your brains are needed in other IMPORTANT things. So, divert your focus there.
    All that counts is that you know it, and Allah knows it.
    I support you 100% and am very proud of u.
    Enough said. Let’s make it happen. Good Luck.

    Comment by Jelita — October 4, 2006 @ 3:12 am

  325. Hello Anousheh ,

    Thank you so much for sharing all the information. It’s really very good. I enjoyed reading it. I had been always eager to know the life on space so I found your blog very informative. I am in Dallas, TX and would like to meet you as you are also from Dallas. I would appreciate your response back.

    Dallas, TX - USA.

    Comment by Aarti — October 4, 2006 @ 3:19 am

  326. Even people who scream out “I hate you!” are engaged and paying attention. Those of us who have followed your journey for years know where your heart lies. Thanks for having the courage to be out there taking the “slings and arrows” and well as the joy and excitement of the people who’s attention you’ve attracted. Changing the world is always a messy process.

    Comment by Cynthia — October 4, 2006 @ 3:36 am

  327. Please keep blogging–share the joy of space with those who want to read about it; ignore those who don’t!

    Comment by Blondie — October 4, 2006 @ 4:20 am

  328. Dear Anoushe,
    There are those who criticize everything; Just ignore them. Your dream is our dream: “to travel to the infinite cosmos.”
    We were all accompanying you during your space journey.
    Thank God you made our dream come true.
    Trust in God and go on your way.
    MSc. in Materials engineering, Karaj, Iran

    Comment by Reza Labbaf — October 4, 2006 @ 6:50 am

  329. You go girl.

    Rachel Pucci
    New Zealand

    Comment by Rachel — October 4, 2006 @ 7:40 am

  330. انوشه عزیز سلام
    همونطور که تو احساس کردی من هم وجود یک حس مثبت رو در اینجا حس می کنم ، و از پیامهای بقیه هم این احساس رو دارم ؛ و بخاطر این حس است که من هر روز صبح قبل از اینکه کاری انجام بدم به این بلاگ سر می زنم تا انرژی بگیرم.
    و عقیده دارم که هر حس مثبتی فقط و فقط بخاطر صداقت و از دل صحبت کردن هست که بوجود میآد…

    در این راه که مطمئنم خدا هم دوست داره پیروز باشی !

    Comment by sadeq — October 4, 2006 @ 7:57 am

  331. Chère Anousheh,

    J’ai découvert ton blog par hasard la veille de ton retour sur notre planète. Sinon je t’aurais volontiers écrit, quand tu étais encore en train de planer dans l’espace. Rien que l’idée est excitante, du moins pour moi.

    Je t’écris aujourd’hui, d’abord pour te remercier d’avoir créé ce blog pour partager avec le commun des mortels ton aventure spaciale, d’avoir donné à beaucoup l’opportunité de converser avec l’espace, d’avoir montré aux plus jeunes (et aux moins jeunes) que rien n’est impossible quand on est courageux, travailleur et déterminé, même pour une femme, de surcroît avec une origine orientale.
    Je te remercie également pour ta joie de vivre que tu as voulu partager avec tous ces inconnus que nous sommes, au risque de t’être fait blessée par certains. Je n’ai pas eu le temps de tout lire, et encore moins les commentaires. Je suis triste de voir que la méchanceté terrestre de l’Homme ait pu t’atteindre même dans l’espace. Et c’est la deuxième raison pour laquelle jé t’écris aujourd’hui. J’aimerais te réconforter, en me joignant aux nombreux autres qui l’ont déjà fait. Continue d’avancer dans ta vie, comme tu as dû le faire jusqu’à aujourd’hui, en ne gardant des critiques que ce qui peut te faire avancer, et sans porter aucune sorte d’importance à celles dont le seul but est de faire mal et dont l’instigation est la Jalousie, cette grande maladie humaine.

    Je ne voudrais pas être plus longue. Je t’ai dit l’essentiel de ma pensée. J’espère que tu n’as pas oublié le français (que tu aurais appris au Lycée Français de Téhéran, d’après ce que j’ai entendu) et que tu pourras donc comprendre ma lettre. Moi-même, je comprends l’anglais mais l’écrire est une autre affaire.

    Merci encore Anousheh et bravo, de Lyon, France, de la part d’une maman de deux adolescents, arméno-libano-française, ayant été une ancienne du Lycée Français de Beyrouth, et ayant eu comme toi quelques rêves de voler et d’espace.

    Dans l’attente de la suite de ton récit,


    Comment by Aznive — October 4, 2006 @ 8:18 am

  332. Dear Anousheh
    I would like as a woman to thank you to make my dream come true. When i was a kid living in Iran (until 1980), my dream was to be a Fazanavard. My aim was to see LE PETIT PRINCE of Saint Exupery on his star. If you have time, read this book, it is a very good one. And of course, i was always telling to my friends and family, “steeve austin, mard bi astine ….”.
    I couldn’t make my dream come true cause everybody told me you are not enough good in mathematics and you are a woman and of course the revolution and war didn’t make my emotional life easy. But YOU did it, and you can be proud of that.

    You remind me a part of my past that i had forgot with time. Thanks for what you did. As a half iranian, half french, you make my dream come true. I am proud to say that an iranian woman had make it. If you have the opportunity to visit paris in france, you are more than welcome at my home.
    All my regards to you and your family.

    Paris France

    Comment by isabelle — October 4, 2006 @ 8:19 am

  333. Anousheh,

    Let’s invite the whole bunch of hateful criticizers, who think that what it takes to go to space is just 20 million dollars, and let them experiment some of the titanic training you had to go through…

    Thruth is, when you reenter the atmosphere at mach 25, or around 30 000 km/hours…: it doesn’t matter who you were when you left or how much you spent to get into space.

    It’s just about faith in god, faith in science, and feeling that you are doing something great for human kind which deserves risking your life for!

    To conclude, I don’t think that any vain mi(or bi)-llionaires would ever risk their lives for either the progress of science or just a plain caprice.

    You have done something great for humanity, and no one can take that away from you!

    I wish you all the best, brave space adventurer!


    Comment by Michael — October 4, 2006 @ 8:27 am

  334. Dear Anousheh,
    I just want to express my absolute admiration for your achievents. It takes a lot of courage to go through all your dreams, and a great heart to share it with us.
    There are a lot of people who are happyness swamps, and try to drain everybody’s energy and joy, so all the world become like them. Please remember that one cannot please everybody… but one can decide whose opinion value the most: the opinion of the people who admire you or the lowsy one of those who just envy you!…
    YOU HAVE BEEN IN SPACE!… I would think no other person in the blogosphere can say the same. Don’t let angry people shut you up!…
    Best regards!

    Comment by Rosario Andrade — October 4, 2006 @ 8:38 am

  335. This is my first time visiting your blog and i was sadened to find people are negative to someone who comes across so friendly and warm. I don’t know what the whole story is here but just wanted to add, people who are negative usually are jealous for what ever reason or are just spitefull and like to hurt people purely because they can. Just delete the negative feedback after all this is your blog/story and you can do as you like with it, take care :D

    Comment by HexD — October 4, 2006 @ 9:19 am

  336. Dear Anousheh
    I like to add my other thoughts regarding those negative comments.
    Within the interviews with media before the Dream Launch and also by the videos sent from the space especially with your lovely suit (uniting 2 flags nicely) you could inspire decision makers that two nations can peacefully live together. You gave hopes to two nations for ending a 3-decade allegation. These are worthy outcomes, in my view, and you have generously paid for them.
    So a big thank you, Anousheh!

    Comment by Dr Faranak Ansari — October 4, 2006 @ 9:22 am

  337. There are lots of people who are nothing but jealous. There are lots of people who enjoy nothing but criticizing others, but only rarely they apply the same standards to themselves.
    You outclass all of them, so you shouldn’t let negative comments too close to your heart! You can face these people with pride, you did a great thing and it was really exciting reading about it. Iw ould really like to continue reading your blog posts!

    Comment by Joerg — October 4, 2006 @ 9:31 am

  338. Dear Anousge,

    I feel my back still hurting from the rough landing…
    Man it was a really amazing, extraordinary experience
    huh what? i wasn’t there??? damn! how come i feel i was:D
    thanks a lot for sharing this experience with us, you did a great job!

    Comment by Mohamed El-Mazariki — October 4, 2006 @ 9:39 am

  339. You are truly a hero and role-model. Thank you for touching the stars and sharing the experience with us.

    Palo Alto, CA

    Comment by Mark — October 4, 2006 @ 9:45 am

  340. Dear Anousheh,

    You won’t believe how during the course of your trip, I always had this really cool feeling inside. Your work gave me something great to think about (you know, one of those “favorite things”) and look up to, and it will remain this way.
    I really appreciate you sharing every moment of your extraordinary journey with me. I got a taste of all the action without paying a penny:) I hope for your future success and happiness.

    With lots of love and respect,

    Comment by Pardis N — October 4, 2006 @ 10:24 am

  341. I just started reading your blog,and was stunned that individuals would choose this forum to air their negative feelings. What a waste.
    Then again - why should I be surprised? This is consistent with the world, I believe. There are so many good works, good people, great events, and yet we have a laser like focus on what is not good. So…no worries! Let them vent and let it go! I do my best to do the same.

    On to better things…I am a huge fan of space and NASA, the Shuttle and the ISS. When a crew is in space I check in to see what they are doing every day (thanks to the NASA channel and web site!). I was not thrilled when I heard the “tourist in space” plans, but the more I read about you and your intentions I found myself becoming a supporter, then eventually a fan! What you have done is worthy, inspiring, and ground breaking.

    I am a senior leader for a large company, and it can be draining when you give 110% (as the cliche goes), and still there are groups of people that are unhappy with what you do, critical of every move. It makes you wonder why you work so hard, give so much. Reading your blogs and the responses has given me hope, and has changed my focus. After all, your focus determines your reality! I am going to tackle this day focusing on what is right about my role, my actions, and others.

    Thanks for sharing! Please continue to do so!


    Comment by Michelle in Florida — October 4, 2006 @ 10:24 am

  342. Servus Anousheh,

    just came accross a link to your blog in a german online mag and being facinanted by your courage to make that dream trip, visited your blog.

    Be assured, that there is nothing wrong with your mission and writing about it. It was one of the few news that boost courage and foster dreams and visions.

    Keep it in the forward gear…

    Big respect from Munich!

    Comment by da hanz — October 4, 2006 @ 10:31 am

  343. Hello Anousheh

    I think you did super, what a experience, i watched your picture film strip and almost experienced the adrenaline you would of had, with the excitment.

    Here in Brisbane we watched and were so happy with the success.

    kind regards


    Comment by gordy — October 4, 2006 @ 10:35 am

  344. Dear Anousheh

    Sorry I did not get to speak to you when you were in orbit. I am an Amateur Radio Operator but it appears that you were not on the radio on your passes over Australia.

    Cngratulations on achieving your dream which is something few people are able to do, particularly when the cost, competitive and logistical difficulties are as great as becoming an astronaut. More importantly I am glad to see that you and the rest of the crew got safely back to Earth whcih is what is important.

    Whilst you are keen to undertake space travel again at another point in time I caution your to consider the emotional impact the trip has had on your family and friends and consider carefully their interests as well as your own. Space travel is a great privilege but one that can come at a very heavy cost. Althogh there is the joy of a succesful flight it is sobering to remember at this point of time those who were less successful, particularly the crews of Challenger and Colombia where the loss of life was particularly heavy. I hope you find the time to look up the names of the children and families of those that lost their lives and let the families know that their loss is not forgotten. I think it would be a nice thing to do.


    Peter Berrett (VK3PB)
    Melbourne Australia

    Comment by Peter Berrett — October 4, 2006 @ 11:30 am

  345. […] Anousheh Ansari is safely back on Earth, and still blogging. I strongly recommend that you read everything she has written; her style is lucid and heartfelt, she includes detail and emotion that most astronauts to date have not, and she really conveys the feeling of ‘being there’. If you are interested in space, you will enjoy her blog. […]

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  346. It is difficult to be the first at anything. Congratulations and good luck to you! I can’t imagine how exciting it must be!

    Comment by Gary — October 4, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

  347. I just want to ask these few critics that what they have done for this world and people?I don’t think they are worried about the world and people, they are worried about themselves because they want money only for themselves.
    Anousheh spends her money on the right way, the money that she has earned with her hard work. She helps people by different ways, sometimes by going to space to make a positive movement, sometimes by funding x-prize to encourage people who investigate, sometimes by supporting needful children and people and many other ways.
    This world needs people like Anousheh for many years and we should all support them and wish them success.

    Comment by Banafsheh,Iran — October 4, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

  348. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For sharing your wonderful adventure with us. My children and I followed your journey closely and enjoyed every minute. Our astronauts do wonderful work but while it is we who train and pay them, they seldom give us a glimpse into their work and never from the perspective of the common person. At one point during your trip, we were in Washington, DC and while looking up at SpaceShip 1 at the National Air & Space Museum, we were awed at what common people can accomplish without the help of our government and you have been a big part of that as well. As a native-born American and father of an immigrant, I thank you for living, and sharing your version of the American Dream. You are truly an inspiration for the common person.

    Jim Todd
    Winston-Salem, NC

    Comment by Jim — October 4, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

  349. thanks anousheh for your wonderful stories, which I shared with many people around me. Good energy is never lost. And let’s enlighten the darkness by lots of love. And don’t be sad at all about the negative. Just feel the big wave of positive energy which is envelopping you - also coming from me..

    Comment by Gepasci — October 4, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

  350. Anousheh,

    I’ve never written a reply in any blog before, but I felt compelled to here. If only one person is inspired by what you have done, by what you have achieved in your life, by what you’ve made of yourself, then you have accomplished more than most of use will ever be able to do. Traveling into space might not be very desirable or even that impressive to some anymore. But, it’s how you’ve got there that is truly impressive. Your life, your story and the goals you followed (and achieved) are all qualities that many, I’m sure, are touched and inspired by. The space flight (while pretty impressive in its own right) is not truly the accomplishment to me. The path you choose in life and the foresight and discipline to know what you wanted is the real story. That’s what I think is truly inspiring. Those choices and sacrifices you made years ago are what people should be learning from. I once dated a young Iranian girl about the same age as you years ago. She also left her homeland to seek out a better life. I remember listening to her speak about her country and how scared her family was at the time. It was a harrowing experience for them. Even life threatening at times. It’s something that few here, fortunately, will ever experience. She, like you, came here and took advantage of all the wonderful things this country has to offer ans made a better life for themselves. Before you take any of those negative comments seriously, think about what you have done with your life, what you have experienced and even more importantly, what YOU have done for others. Very few people in the world, much less America, can say they have accomplished what you have. I only hope I can inspire others in such a positive way as I see you have here. That is a priceless gift.



    Comment by Frank — October 4, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

  351. Dear Anousheh
    Salam and thank you

    If you imagine those days and nights when you where up there and show us 32 sun set and sun rises a day. Now the same there are 360 degrees ideas from us which some of them are dark ( negative) and some of them are light ( positive).
    By the way it’s a matter of fact that human being will be disappointed by negative ideas so be careful do not look at them too much. Listen with one ear and and through it away with the other.
    Do not wrestle with the negative minds because they are so effective that as much as you care about them they become stronger and you become weaker. So be clever and just leave them for their dark nights which they have not even one star in it.
    We want you as much as those stars you saw.
    Best wishes for you and our Dear Hamid.
    Hamed & Shima - From Armenia

    به سمت منفي نگران نرو و از مولوي آموز

    نگفتمت مرو آن جا كه مبتلات كنند؟
    كه سخت دست درازند و ، بسته پات كنند
    نگفتمت كه بدان سوي دام در دام است
    چو در فتادي در دام كي رهات كنند
    تو اعتماد مكن بر كمال و دانش خويش
    كه كوه قاف شوي زود در هوات كنند

    و در جاي ديگر مولانا مي گويد

    نگفتمت : مرو آن جا كه آشنات منم؟
    در اين سراب فنا چشمه‌ي حيات منم؟
    وگر به خشم روي صد هزار سال زمن
    به عاقبت به من آيي كه منتهات منم
    نگفتمت كه به نقش جهان مشو راضي
    كه نقش بند سراپرده‌ي رضات منم
    نگفتمت كه منم بحر و تو يكي ماهي
    مرو به خشك كه درياي با صفات منم
    نگفتمت كه چو مرغان بسوي دام مرو
    بيا كه قوت پرواز و پر و پات منم
    نگفتمت كه تورا ره زنند و سرد كنند
    كه آتش و تبش و گرمي هوات منم
    نگفتمت كه صفت هاي زشت در تو نهند
    كه گم كني كه سر چشمه‌ي صفات منم
    اگر چراغ دلي دان كه راه خانه كجاست
    وگر خدا صفتي، دان كه كدخدات منم

    Comment by Hamed& Shima — October 4, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

  352. Dear Anoushka

    I hope next time you go to ISS as the first Iranian astronaut or scientist then I am sure there will be absolutely no negative responses.

    Prof Dr Morteza Khaledi

    Comment by Morteza Khaledi — October 4, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

  353. خانم انصاري همه ي آدما که قرار نيست مثل هم فکر کنن.اين همه آدم چشم اميدشون به شماست.حالا 4 نفر 1 جور ديگه فکر کنن.چه اهميتي داره؟ خانم انصاري عزيز شما تنها 1 ساعت زنگدار کوچيک در ما نبوديد.در خيلي از ماها(به خصوص دختراي ايروني)روح تازه اي دميديد.اميد رو در ما زنده کرديد.خود من الان مصمم تر از قبل به سمت آينده ام حرکت مي کنم.

    کسي نميتونه مجبورتون کنه که به نوشتن ادامه بديد.اما خاهش ميکنم به جوونائي فکر کنيد که ابتدا اومده بودن ببينن انوشه انشاري کيه و حالا مجذوب صداقت وصميميت رفتار و کلام شما شدن.حالا هر روز به سايت و وبلاگتون سر ميزنن تا ببينن چه حرف تازه اي براشون دارين.

    ناراحتي شما به شدت منو غمگين کرده.گمون ميکنم شما کمي خسته هستيدوگرنه شما خيلي قوي تر از اين حرفا هستيد.مطمئنم.پس کمي به خودتون استراحت بدين و بعد دوباره ادامه بدين.

    Comment by دختري 18 ساله — October 4, 2006 @ 2:40 pm

  354. Throughout history explorers have almost always been criticized either for their motives or for elevating the spirits of those left behind. Usually those criticisms come from those only too comfortable with the turmoil and complacency of their own lives. The purpose of their negativities even more gloomy and sinister than should be given the light of day.
    Anousheh, you’ve given us and those that follow you the inspiration to continue to act on our dreams.

    Comment by Dale Blondin — October 4, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

  355. Hi Anousheh…

    My congrats to you for a very successful flight. I think it’s wonderful. Please don’t focus too much on these negative comments.
    There are always people who will always see the negative in things.
    I think you will be a positive influence on many young women.Being from the telecom industry and very familair with computer netoworking, I’m very interested in your new company. This is definitely an issue that needs to be solved to make it easy for the average person to use these networks. The very best to you Anousheh.

    Koda Hafez….Good Bye

    Comment by Dan Merrifield — October 4, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

  356. anoushe jan
    bavaret mishe man az vaghti dar moured to shenidam & didam negaham be zendegi avaz shode & angizam 10 barabar shode…
    ishalla bazam khabaraye khoob azat beshnavim
    mohsen bandar abbas

    Comment by mohsen — October 4, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

  357. Dear Anousheh

    Thank you for being such an inspiration for all of us specially for women. You have inspired me many many years ago before your travel to space.

    Do not be hurt by the negative comments. Unfortunately many people envy your fame, wealth and success and you can not do anything about that. On the other hand many more people got inspired by what you did. Tens of thousands of people truly enjoyed your weblog.

    Inspiring thousands of people was a much better choice than feeding hungry people for a short period of time. Hopefully those inspired people will also do something big with their lives and inspire more people and this chain reaction will go on forever.



    Comment by Zahra MirAfzali — October 4, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

  358. majQa’, Anousheh,

    330 replies, wow. If you’re reading this, I must say that you’re very persistent. :-)

    You would fit right into academia; since college administrators started so-called student evaluations on faculty, we have been dealing with the same issue. Although majority of my students leave very positive remarks, I cannot help focusing on a small number of students’ negative comments after the semester is over. So, I must say, I know exactly how you feel. LOL.

    Nevertheless, sharing your journey is a blessing to many of us who can only dream about such a trip. You are wrong in thinking that you don’t have good writing skills; I, for one, believe your down-to-earth writing to be heart-felt and inspring. My very favorite part of your blog was your description of the lift-off.

    So, on behalf of most earthlings, I would like to say to all the people who posted negative comments “bIjatlh ‘e’ yImev,” or even more fittingly, “Hab SoSlI’ Quch!”

    p.s. If that brought a smile to you, Anousheh, you’re one serious trekkie. :-)


    Comment by Katela S. — October 4, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

  359. Well, after 329 responses, I hope you get to this one :-)

    Anousheh, I think that you only have to read some of the reponses from the young women who have been inspired by your accomplishments, to know that is has all been worth it, to include tolerating the detractors - and really, if you have inspired just one young women, or young man, to look beyond the conditions of their everyday life, to see that stars and reach for them with the true expection of reaching their goal, then your’ve done more than enough for a lifetime (but, don’t quit yet - :^)).

    You know, there is always at least one crudgemudgeon in every crowd. We can live with them - their words and criticism pale next to the enthusiasm and inspiration evident in some to those other posts. Don’t obsess on them - they’re not important.

    You said we all have a responsibility to keep this going - well first in that is the resonsibility to maintain our enthusiasm. You, too. You have inspired people - if you need a pickup - just see their words . . . and get going again.

    Like I said before, you’ve done a Great Thing. YOu don’t have to apologize. What’s most important is what you know, feel and think about it - everybody else’s opinions (positive and negative) come second.


    Comment by Tom Rycroft — October 4, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

  360. Anousheh joon,
    We have all been victims of criticism, negative thought, and jealousy at some point in our lives. Take comfort in the fact that children, who are not yet exposed to these emotions read your blogs and your story with fascination and awe. It inspires them to dream and realize and understand your motives for what they truly are.

    Comment by Mojgan & Amir Reza — October 4, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

  361. Dear Anousheh,

    How I envy you. Your trip may be out of reach for most, but it does my heart good to see private citizens cutting through the red tape. I work in the aeropace industry as a test technician, and have worked on several projects for spaceflight including the shuttle. We get units back for overhaul and test and I have a few replaced pieces of hardware that have been in orbit. Even if was only a couple hundred miles up, there is something about holding a part that has been taken to seven miles a second to escape gravity, and has been “Up There!”.

    Given the chance to go, I would be scared to death and ready in a heartbeat. I do believe that we need to leave our “nest” and get out there where we belong. No matter your faith, we were given the brains to find our way off of this world filled with a finite number of resources to use. If we learn to live somewhere other than Earth, we may just find the way to save it.

    Thanks for helping to drag us through the transition into what we are able to become.


    Comment by Clark Schoonover — October 4, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

  362. Dear Ms Ansari, I have been a Christian for 30 years and have found this to be true: For those who do not choose to believe what I believe, no explanaion of my faith is ADEQUATE. To those who believe the same as I, no explaination is NECESSARY.

    I have found life to be much more pleasant in discussions with those of like faith, then in trying to convince or convert others.

    That should be the case with you spend your time and efforts on those who appreciate it and do not give the naysayers a second thought!

    Here is what the bible says about such things:
    Matthew 7:6 (KJV)
    Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

    God Bless You,

    Comment by Danny Husk — October 4, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

  363. Dear Anousheh,

    please do not listen to those negative people. What you have done is very great, I admire you and I will try my best to do the same. Too bad I don’t have that kind of money yet, but I hope this kind of adventure will become affordable for me with your help:-)

    I wished every world leader would be sent up in space, maybe then there would be no more war on this beautiful earth. Maybe also the efforts for preserving the environment would increase with that perspective from spaceflight, which you were lucky to experience first hand. Please share your experience with as much people as you can, maybe you are the trigger to start off a better world;-)

    Your descriptions were so great, you made me feel almost like flying up there myself, and I am really glad that you made a safe trip home. Thank you very much for writing the blog.

    At last I have one question for you (you already answered so many through your writings): Do you miss zero-g?

    my best regards and best wishes for the future


    Comment by Tanja — October 4, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

  364. Hi Anousheh.

    Great Blog and Great Story.

    I think you are doing something wonderful for humanity.

    Negative people are jealous nad petty. Keep up the great spirit for every negative person, there are 10 silent, yet positive people that need you to insipre them and keep their dreams alive.

    Take care Anousheh! Thank you for your insipiration!


    Comment by ChrisB — October 4, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

  365. Hello!
    I just decided to stop by and say that Brazil and Brazilians are your fans!!! Keep on charing! We appreciate your blog and your point of view about the space!! The fact that you are a woman makes it even more special in my opinion!!

    Comment by Brazilian Girl — October 4, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

  366. Anousheh, Congrats on your successful trip. 1st, thank you for sponsoring the X-prize along with your family. 2nd, Thank you for being a pioneer so that one day, lowly private pilots (like myself) and anybody who wants to, can enjoy the beauty of space which you have now seen. Disregard the negativity you’re receiving as human jeoulously. There are unfortunately “bad apples” in every bunch. Anyone who ever wants to ride in space, would never criticize another for doing so. You very elequontly described your experiences, and I enjoyed reading each new entry. From watching the events live on NASA TV, to reading on the web, I thoroughly enjoyed your expedition. Best wishes and God Speed in you future endevours. AJ from Wisconsin, U.S.A.

    Comment by AJ — October 4, 2006 @ 6:06 pm

  367. I discovered your blog by accident and enjoyed it very much, thank you for sharing your adventure.

    Comment by Joe Couch — October 4, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

  368. Dearest Anousheh,

    I am loving how innocent you are of all the critcs. This in itself proves you are the Champion you never expected to be. In time, you will learn to live with your feat, and let those say what they will.

    I need to tell you, if I ever have a chance to meet you, it will be second in importance to me after having met Buzz Aldrin. Buzz spoke at my company. Very saddly for me, very few employees showed up to listen. But I was there, and although I did not speak with Buzz directly, he seemed to be speaking to me directly during the whole time.

    Anousheh, Both the United States and Russia have much to be commended on in choosing you as a participant. Firstly, to show, we are all capable. Secondly, homeland birthplace has nothing to do with ability. Third, that we, as a world, will not be bullied into thinking narrow range thoughts. This is all shadow thinking, but I am sure you understand.

    I am so proud of you. You earned the right to at least attempt to apply to be included. You did go through the regiments of training. You passed the tests.

    Anousheh, please, do not stop speaking out. Buzz told me, and the others, that we need to continue the path that you just treaded. He is proud of you I am sure.

    Seek a dream and chase it. The reward is within.

    Much love,


    Comment by James Dunn — October 4, 2006 @ 6:53 pm

  369. Dear System Administrator (and to all those annoyed by my two consecutive postings):

    I’m sorry but there was a delay in the system response time and I did not see the first posting so that I assumed that I made an error and resubmitted it. Now I look like a 20 century fool who doesn’t know how to respond to 21st century blogging. So, would you kindly remove one of them? Thank you.

    Also, a big salute to everyone who rushed to lift Anousheh’s spirit up! This proves that there still is a hope for mankind.


    Comment by Katela S. — October 4, 2006 @ 7:18 pm

  370. انوشه جان
    فارسی می نویسم که فقط خودمون بفهمیم.
    انوشه جان از بی مهری کسانی که ازت انتقاد کردن ناراحت نباش …هرچند بیشتر انتقادها از طرف هموطنان تو بوده … یادت هست که اوضاع اقتصادی ، فرهنگی و سیاسی مردم تا حدی تنزل پیدا کرده که یادشون رفته رویا چیه چه برسه به اینکه بتونن کسی رو که برای رسیدن به آرزوش بهای هنگفتی رو می پردازه رو ببینن…ایرانیهایی که تاریخی از تمدن سخاوتمندانه و بزرگمنشی داشته اند حالا برق دنیا کورشون کرد … دیگه اینکه اکثر منتقدیت تو مردهایی هستند که تحمل شکست های مکرر خودشون و موفقیت یک زن رو ندارند…انوشه جان درطول تاریخ همیشه به سمت انسانهای موفق و مصمم سنگ پراکنی شده و خواهد شد…پس به راه پر افتخار خودت ادامه بده….ایران زمین همیشه به تو افتخار خواهد کرد.
    مریم - تهران

    Comment by Maryam — October 4, 2006 @ 7:26 pm

  371. Please excuse the duplicate posting Katela S. Space Blog is human-moderated and we try to delete duplicates when we see them, but we have certainly missed a few.

    exception: Ham Radio operators. It’s okay for them to repeat ;-)

    Comment by X PRIZE — October 4, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

  372. Actually, I did not know this was such a big deal until I read a story about you on abcnews.com. But all I can now say is — WOW.

    Yes, others have gone before you — Yes, many of us would love the opportunity. But never have I read such a heartfelt, inspiring view of a true adventure. Your ability to describe your emotions, surroundings and the way you felt physically allowed me to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.(at least in a small way)

    Thank you so much. Now — get back to work. :)

    Welcome home

    Comment by Eric — October 4, 2006 @ 7:48 pm

  373. Dear Anousheh,

    I am so proud of you. The first time i heard about you was from one of my professors in university.Infact most my professors would mention about you and try to link it to ” how someone can be successful when they desire”. Because they mentioned about you so much in class, I was surprised when i saw you were one part of my exam questions in one of my courses. I felt so proud when i saw it was linked to somebody from my nationality. Know that you are loved by all of us.Keep it up. Wish you all the best.

    Comment by Sara — October 4, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  374. Dear Anousheh,

    Well written, it’s still impossible to have every single mortal on Earth, to agree on any topic. That’s the reason this whole world is a big mess. Anyhow, regarding comments of your “Dream”, and the stories you shared with us, the balance is more towards the positive people than the negative ones, and I think, that is a very big step forward. The ones that do not agree, still have a long way to go during their life on Earth. You are one of the few that has made it through already, but, have continued and will continue to do more things in life, than just sit back and complain of others.

    Keep on with your big success.

    FL, USA

    Comment by Jim M — October 4, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

  375. Thank you for your blog - I found it facinating - a real human insight into something I myself have wanted to do my whole life - and I hope you continue it.
    Most people do not take the long view or see the big picture. It always upsets me when people claim that money spent on space would be better spent on Earth, when we wouldn’t know half of what we know about Earth without space travel - and when every year we spend over a trillion dollars on arming ourselves - and a billion or more on, say, perfume alone - and yet no one makes these comparisons. Space travel is flashy, big, and hard to understand, and it will always draw criticism by those who cannot quite think beyond their own little lives, or by what is right in front of them.
    Space travel is a worthy cause. Wonderful - and I hope you continue to see a little further than the rest of us. Someone has to. :-)

    Comment by Damon K — October 4, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

  376. [ comment deleted ]

    Comment by Babek — October 4, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

  377. To whomever moderates the blog;
    If you would like everyone to be able to hear Boy Meets Girl’s “Flying The Cosmos”, please post the following link, and tune in at 9:00 PM ET this Friday night:


    This is a link to a college radio station in Florida. The DJ, Dr. Johnny P. LoveTrain, will play the song as a request. If you’d rather not post the link, please pass it on to Annie so that she might know that there are some of us who understand.

    It is a shame that there are some who would seek the dark cloud behind the silver lining. Don’t let them influence your thinking.

    73, de N3BJA

    Dave Hromanik

    Comment by Dave Hromanik — October 4, 2006 @ 9:31 pm

  378. Dear Mrs Ansari,
    Salaam, safare shomaa be fazaa bedune shak yeki az bi-nazirtarin nemune haaye movaffaghiat bude va maa midunim ke che ghadr baa arzesh hast va khaahad bud. va dar aayandeyi nachandaan dur nataayeje mofide aan ra dar pishrafte arseye “Space” va digar arse ha khaahim did.
    movaffaghiat chizi ast ke bishtare aadamaa behesh nemiresan darhalike moghasser ham khodeshun hastan. gharaar nist ke hame movaffagh beshan va be hadaf haashun beresan. faghat kasaani miresan ke bedunan daghighan chi mikhaan, roya haashun ro beshnaasan va ba zahmat va talaash royaahaashun ro amali konan. motasefaane kasaani ke hich royaayi nadaaran yaa daaran va baraash zahmat nemikeshan, kaari joz hesaadat nadaaran. nabaayad be oon haa tavajoh kard va nabaayad be aanha ejaaze daad ke energy e mosbate maa ro az bein bebarand.
    we have learnt great things from you, you are an example for us, we understand you and what you have accomplished.
    God be with you. we wish success and health for you and your family.
    From ECE(Electronic and Computer Engineering) students of Univercity of Tehran.

    Comment by ECE students of university of Tehran — October 4, 2006 @ 9:38 pm

  379. انوشه عزيز
    نگذار كه هيچ انتقادي تو را ناراحت بكند. آنچه مسلم است تو به جوانان ما ياد دادي كه خود را باور كنند و براي اهداف والا و ارزشمندمثل نقش داشتن در جايگاه هاي علمي تلاش كنند و براي مملكت خود افتخار به ارمغان آورند.بي شك سرمايه گذاري تو براي اين سفر علمي از هر لحاظ قابل تقدير است.خداوند نگهدارت باد سميرا

    Comment by samira — October 4, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

  380. Dear Anousheh,

    You are a star amomg the stars of the Universe!!!

    Ignore all those “little people” negative comments.
    You are part of the history of mankind. They are just an insignificance.

    You have achieved greatness and nobody can take this away from you.

    Comment by glauca rossi — October 4, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

  381. From Babek:

    What is it any of your business what Anousheh does with her money? You

    [comment deleted by Ground Ops — and apologies to Shubber for letting it through in the first place]

    Dear Babek -

    what the hell are you babbling about?!?

    I understand that apparently English is not your first language, but is your reading comprehension so pathetically poor that you can’t understand the points I raised earlier?

    I DON’T CARE that Anousheh spent her money going to ISS. As I said, not only do I envy her, but if I had the money I WOULD DO EXACTLY THE SAME THING.

    Perhaps you should spend more time studying at the madrassa before writing such idiotic namecalling posts, eh?

    Comment by shubber Ali — October 4, 2006 @ 10:53 pm

  382. Kipling wrote this in an age where men had (most of) the fun.
    So feel free to tweak Rudyard’s words to include women.
    It is appropriate, and you certainly fit!


    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
    But make allowance for their doubting too,
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
    If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much,
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

    –Rudyard Kipling

    We have Cosmonauts, Astronauts, Taikonauts, and now an Anoushehnaut!

    Comment by Mykle — October 4, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

  383. Thanks for writing the blog. Those of us who could not go got to live it through you. We had part of our dream fulfilled, thanks to you.

    Comment by Jimmy-G — October 4, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

  384. Why are you deleting my comments?
    You should prevent Shubber Ali from insulting me and Miss Anousheh.
    I was being supportive to Anousheh, only to see my comments censured and Shubber insulting me.
    Whoever is the system admin is not doing a great job filtering the true trouble makers here such as Shubber Ali.

    Comment by Babak — October 4, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

  385. Babak — hold on

    Your comment was mistakenly marked for approval, and not noticed until Shubber’s reply arrived in moderation.

    Commenters who call other commenters names will have their comments deleted (in a perfect world, before they appear here).

    Shubber is not insulting Anousheh. Please do not base your opinion of what Shubber has said on what other people are saying about what Shubber has said.

    Most of the messages here are comforting Anousheh, but when the comfort turns to attacking anyone who refuses to be impressed by all the hoopla here, I don’t want to hear about it any more.



    Comment by X PRIZE — October 4, 2006 @ 11:47 pm


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