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October 5, 2006

Second Birth

by Anousheh @ 4:47 pm

Many in Russia refer to the time when Cosmonauts are pulled out of the capsule as a Second Birth… Being there, now I knew why! In my last part of the story, I left you hanging in the Soyuz. So, let’s start from there…

The hatch opened and a breath of fresh air took over the smell of burnt wire. I felt like I was hanging from the ceiling and had a hard time raising my head high enough to see who was at the hatch. The hatch door was also blocking the view…

Finally I was able to stretch enough to see out. I recognized the face of one of the rescue team members who was trying to prepare us for the exit. He was the same person who assisted me in my Black Sea survival training. I could hear words of joy and congratulation in Russian… Pavel was responding to them and laughing… there were people with video cameras and mobile phones snapping pictures. I felt like something that was trapped and the captor was taking picture of his catch before releasing it.

First we were handed some hard covers that we were supposed to put over the panels in front of us. Then they started getting Pavel released from his straps. We had tightened our straps so much that it was impossible to properly open them in the position we were in now.

The Search and Rescue (SAR) team member took out a knife and started cutting out Pavel’s knee straps first and reached in to unbuckle his belt. Then two of them reached in and pulled him out.

Being in space for six months does a trick on your body. Your muscles get so lazy that they have a big shock dealing with your weight back on Earth… I also experienced the same effects but mine, I suppose, were milder than what Jeff and Pavel were feeling. Your body is so weak upon return to gravity that it is almost impossible for you to crawl out by yourself…

Next it was my turn… After a few moments of hanging there and just taking a few breaths of fresh air, the same guy returned and started cutting out my straps. This was a little more challenging for him since I was in the right seat and because of the way the capsule landed, I was up higher than the rest of the crew. He finally stretched his torso so much that he could reach over the hatch and cut my knee straps and unbuckle me.

Then he tried to pull me out and I got stuck on the communication hand stick in front… It was hot in the capsule and we were all sweating. I felt heavy and moving was a big challenge. Finally I was able to unhook myself and he pulled me out.

They wrapped me in a blanket and two people carried me to a beach chair… someone came over and handed me a beautiful bouquet of Roses and told me that it was from the Search and Rescue team. There were cameras everywhere and they were continuously snapping pictures.

Before descent, Jeff reminded me to make sure I moved slowly upon landing and to keep my head steady… This helps with the vestibular system’s readjustment to gravity. I followed his instruction and made sure that I did not make any sudden movements. The head of the Training Center handed me an apple that looked appetizing but as soon as I started to take a bite someone from the medical team started shaking his head telling me not to eat it… I guess he was worried that it would make me feel sick. I waited a while but the apple looked too good to give up so I started taking small bites.

Jeff was the last one to be pulled out of the capsule. We all sat there in our beach chairs for a while, thinking about the realities of being back on Earth.

The sun was slowly rising and I enjoyed feeling the warmth of its rays on my face. The morning air was fresh and crisp… I took a deep breath in and it filled my lungs with the energy… I closed my eyes for a second and tried to remember what it was like on the station… I could feel myself floating next to my bedroom window on the station and seeing the Earth slowly going by… I had a big smile on my face and wanted to just stay in that moment forever.

Someone called out my name “Anousheh, Anousheh…” I opened my eyes. It was one of the reporters… How does it feel to be back? I said “Great! I missed my family and I’m excited to see them.”

In reality I was happy to be back and to see my family but I had left my heart on the station. I kept trying to close my eyes again and pretended that I was back up there, where it was safe… where it was free… But I kept getting interrupted by reporters and photographers… I didn’t want to forget that peaceful image and I was afraid that if I don’t try to capture it in my memory now, that it would be gone forever… But I kept getting interrupted…

I looked over to Jeff and Pavel… They were happy and smiling. They looked really pale. The gravity was taking its toll on them. All the blood was draining down into their feet, leaving their faces white as ghosts. This is just one of the things Astronauts and Cosmonauts have to get used to upon their return.

The heart goes on vacation in Zero-G. The blood flows into your head and satisfies your brain that your body is well fed so your heart doesn’t work as hard. Back here on Earth the gravity keeps pulling the blood down to your feet and the heart has to work hard to pump it up to your head.

That is one of the reasons why, when they return to Earth, they feel lightheaded. Pavel was smiling and answering the reporters and Jeff was on the Sat phone talking to his wife back in Star City. The sun was up now and the helicopters carrying the medical team and the reporters kept on arriving… I was looking around to see my flight surgeon. She was supposed to be there. I was told Hamid would be waiting for me in Astana, where the helicopters would take us to catch a flight back to Star City.

The heat from being in the capsule was subsiding and it was starting to feel chilly. I wrapped myself tighter in the blanket and continued searching the crowd with my eyes, keeping my head really still. All of sudden I heard a familiar voice from behind. “Salam… man omoudam!” It was Hamid saying he was there… right behind me… I was so happy to hear his voice… I called out to him “Hamid… Hamid…” I wanted to say “Hamid Hamid come and take me away… away to someplace safe… away from it all.”

Even though I was not supposed to move my head, I looked up and saw him bending over my head… My heart filled with joy and I started crying as I was trying to free my hand from the inside of the blanket and reach up and touch his face…

His face was wet with tears as well and he kissed my face and said “Bargashti! you returned!” I said “I did… I missed you.” I didn’t want to let him go. I felt safe again with him covering my face and feeling his warm cheeks next to mine. I wanted to disappear with him and tell him what a wonderful experience I had and explain every second of it in detail…

But my life here on Earth was not mine anymore and I couldn’t just do what I wanted to… He moved over and sat next to me… I held on to his hand and didn’t want to let go…

They started to move us to the medical tent to take off our space suits and to prepare us for the helicopter ride to Astana. Two guys lifted my chair and started walking toward the tent. I felt like an elephant and felt bad for the poor guys who had to carry me… I kept saying “I’m so heavy!”

They took me to the tent and put my chair down next to a bed. I started getting up to move over to the bed but I got my first surprise! I was pushing down against the chair to get up but I was not going anywhere… I felt like I was strapped down. I sat back down in my chair. It was a strange feeling… Maybe that’s how it feels to be paralyzed. Your head tells you you can do it but your body refuses… Everyone kept asking me “How do you feel… Are you OK?” and I kept responding “I’m so heavy!”

Couple of guys lifted me and laid me on the bed and the doctors and nurses went to work. They had set up a private area for me and had two lady nurses taking care of me. They took off my suit and helped me change into a pair of clean long johns and my flight suit. It was a huge challenge to move. My body felt like lead… It was frustrating… I had to be helped like a baby to dress. They checked my blood pressure and did a quick EKG. Everything looked good. My body felt tired… I noticed some bruises on my legs when they where helping me change. I didn’t have any pain but I felt like I was sinking into the Earth… Hamid called my Mom and sister on the phone and I was able to talk to them. Finally we were cleaned up and ready to fly to Star City…

They asked me to sit up and as soon as I did I felt like I was going to fall down… I had a hard time keeping myself balanced. I laid back down and waited a little longer. Then I sat up again and asked to just sit for a while to get used to this strange feeling of being in gravity… After a few minutes, I tried to stand up with help from my flight surgeon and Hamid. It was hard getting up — I felt REALLY REALLY HEAVY! I stood up in place for a few minutes to get my bearings…

Then, as they were holding my hands, I tried to take my first step… I tried to lift my foot but nothing happened… It was like it was glued to the floor… I tried again and this time with more force, my foot started lifting in slow motion and moved forward just a little bit. I tried moving my other foot and same thing… I felt like I was wearing one of those old brass diving suits, you know the kind they used in the Jules Verne movies… It felt totally strange!

Now I knew why they call it a Second Birth… First you are pulled out of a capsule just like you are pulled out of your mother’s womb, you are then cleaned and need to be taught how to walk again… I don’t remember my birth, but it must have felt just as strange…

Slowly and with a lot of difficulty I walked to a car that took me to the helicopter. They helped me get onboard and laid me back down on the seat. Before they closed the door, Hamid said “here is the capsule!” I had not seen the capsule after landing… I lifted my head slowly and stretched my neck and watched the burnt black capsule in the distance…

It was hard to believe that we had returned to Earth in that capsule… It was so small… but it had protected us from burning in the atmosphere and from the impact of hitting the ground… It was my shield and I felt sad seeing it out there at the end of its life… It had performed well, carried Marcos Pontes, Pavel Vinogradov, and Jeffrey Williams safely to the station and had carried us back, with me instead of Marcos, to Earth.

It was the end… the end for this capsule and the end for my amazing and wonderful journey to my dream land. This was THE END of this chapter of my life…

232 Comments

  1. Wow! That sounds so amazing. Thank you for sharing and for sharing the human side of it all.

    Comment by Doris — October 5, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

  2. Beautiful,
    Happy your second birth very dear Anousheh…
    Thanks for writing.

    Take care

    Comment by Nazila — October 5, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

  3. Thank You so much !!!! I feel like I was there with you :)

    Comment by antonio, CA. — October 5, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

  4. Dearest Anousheh,

    It was NOT the end. It is only the beginning…for you, for me, for all of us. Thank you for taking the steps others will not.

    James

    Comment by James Dunn — October 5, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

  5. Hi Anousheh,

    Thank you very much for sharing your experiences in spacetravel. Must feel a bit awkward, telling all this to the entire world… I am glad you did though, I enjoyed every part of it! The chances of me being able to go to space are not too big, but from your story I got a pretty accurate idea of how it must be - and how it must feel.

    It’s like I mentioned earlier - when the trip is over, all that remains are just memories. But somehow I get the feeling that we will see you up in space again, one way or another.

    I wish you good luck pursuing your dreams, as I will be doing mine. I think you’re a hell of a lady, people can take you as an example! Don’t let anybody get you under!

    I hate saying goodbye. I hope we will hear from you again some time. Take care!

    Love and greetings,
    Rene.

    Comment by Rene Marinus — October 5, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

  6. Dear Anousheh,

    What a wonderful story. When you were getting to the station, you told us about the “smell of space” and you indicated that it smelled something like burnt almond cookies. Ofcourse right after you said that many non-Iranians (reporters and bloggers) were puzzled by that comment but for those who were raised in Iran, it was a very tangible description. It’s a traditional candy made of sugar coated fried almonds (I am not actually sure how it’s actually made).
    What about the smell of Earth? when they opened the hatch, what did Earth smell like?

    Thanks again for finishing this wonderful story. Your amazingly vivid writing style is a breath of fresh air for your readers.

    Comment by Tourang — October 5, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

  7. Welcome back Anousheh!

    You did a great job telling your story from begining to end. That last part was like (for those who remember the 1960’s or Cheech and Chong) really heavy, man.

    So your heart didn’t make it back. And they had to cut you loose and drag you away from the spacecraft. And they had to find your hiding spot on the ISS to put you in it in the first place.

    Soounds like you found your calling. We will see and hear you up in the heavens again. Soon.

    Thanks for everything you have done, both on earth and in space. May your light always shine bright.

    Joe LePage Florida,USA

    Comment by Joe LePage — October 5, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

  8. Anoushe Joon,
    Magnificent!!! I felt like, i was being born while reading your experience!!!! U R amazing.

    Lots of luck to you,
    Shideh

    Comment by Shideh — October 5, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

  9. Wow! That is an amazing description. I have never hear it described quite like that before. Astronauts and Cosmonauts tend to be stoic and never want to admit being weakened from such an adventure. But it truly was a Second Birth! Learning to walk again as if you were in an accident, but in this case you were in outer space!

    Recover quickly! I hope to meet you at the X PRIZE Cup!

    Samuel Coniglio
    Vice President
    Space Tourism Society

    Comment by Samuel coniglio — October 5, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

  10. Wow, I almost felt like I was sinking in my seat reading your entry. Hope you’re doing fine now. :)

    Comment by Ann — October 5, 2006 @ 5:38 pm

  11. I anxioulsy waited for you return to the blog and it proved to be worth the wait…not that I ever doubted it.

    You know, sometimes I think, “I really need to get a life”, but seriously…this has been a lot of fun and inspirational for many. Not the negative stuff, that was annoying. But reading about a part of you and feeling it and the learning was a blast! (Literally) LOL, Get it…4,3,2,1 blast off…never mind…sorry.

    A wonderful ending to a wonderful story. Hope this isn’t the “END”, sniff sniff..tears, but if so, your stories and blog will truly be missed.

    I will keep an eye out for Prodea Systems. Who knows, maybe a position may open in the Philadelphia Pa area sometime??

    God bless you and your family. God bless the people who also contributed to this blog. And thank you Anousheh and Hamid Ansari and all those affiliated with the “journey to dream land” and for the positive contributions you make to our world. And thank you for bloggin!

    Your friend,

    Pat Freeman
    West Chester, PA

    Comment by screamin75 — October 5, 2006 @ 5:39 pm

  12. Anousheh:
    First God bless your heart!..Thank you so much for continue telling us the wonderful experience you just lived…..I feel like I was there with you all the trip…..it is wonderful how you describe everything in detail….we are so blessed to have you here safe in Earth, sharing this wonderful details.

    Thank you, thank you for keep your spirit up, to embrace the love and encourage you can find in this blog from people that even though does not know you personally, feels like you are part of our families…..we care for you….we are so passionated about your trip as you, and that it is because the way you honestly and and without expenting anything share this experience with us.
    I hope you continue writing here for a while telling us every details…share with us the taste of the space….what did you see there….can you pointed out any planet? can you tell if the blue color of the planet is as beautiful as the pictures? tell us everything….you were our eyes, ears in space….keep sharing with us…..I will visit your blog hoping find another part of this manificient experience…..
    Remember we all dream about space, what is out there, how is the feeling, etc….you are our dreams become reality…..does not matter if I can go or not to space….does not matter if I have or not the money…..going to space it is more than monetay issue….it is COURAGE….BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, SACRIFICE….SEE BEYOND YOUR OWN SELF….PROJECT IN THE FUTURE….RISK….(big one…we can loose you there)all that and more for the vision and understanding….that every journey start with a step….space exploring also is a journey….and you make this journey so palpable so available to all of us….Be courage you are AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING…..God gives you wealth because you have what it takes to wake up all us in SPACE…because you have the courage to do something bigger than just be a wealty business woman. Your fortune is measured in your unselfish given your own self for other to follow your steps to fulfill dreams in space and here in Earth. You are an amazing human being, and amazing woman.God Bless you
    Love, Karina

    Comment by Karinak kropilnicki — October 5, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

  13. Here’s me once again,

    A last question came to my mind when I read how much trouble you had adjusting to gravity after having been only a few days in space. When we send people to Mars, do you think they will be able to participate in any EVA on the Martian surface, lacking the help you received from the SAR-people? Of course, gravity on Mars is less then on Eart, but all the same…

    Rene ;-)

    Comment by Rene Marinus — October 5, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

  14. Hello again Anousheh! What a precious thing it is for you to share with us, those you don’t even know, the intimate and spectacular events from your voyage to space and back. As you mentioned in an earlier posting, your experience someday will make it possible for others to personally experience all that you have on this mission. But for the rest of us, it is a precious gift you have given us to share your emotions and physical reactions to this incredible journey. I watch in awe as much as I can of what our astronauts are doing on their missions but your journal gives us a much more personal experience and for that I am very grateful. I cannot even imagine all that you went through just to prepare for this journey and hopefully someday you will share that and more in a book. And please, Anousheh, you must ignore whatever negative comments are posted. There will always be those who share a different vision but you must follow your heart. So many more are joyous because of your accomplishments. Thank you so much for sharing. I will continue to read….

    Comment by Debbie Celiceo — October 5, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

  15. Dear Anousheh ,

    Thanks for sharing your nice dream with us .
    I want to say you a special congratulation for being
    a part of the “Genome 100″ ! wow you are really amazing !
    I saw that here :

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5404678.stm

    ***** BARA KHODET ESFAND DOOD KON PLZ ! *****

    And I wish you and Hamid be healthy and successful in all
    of the aspects of your life.I want to thank Hamid for being
    such a husband with this high sight in supporting you with
    all of his existence , I proud of him too and he is a real
    pattern of a devoted persian husband for all of us(Iranians)and maybe for all of the nationalities !

    Hope to hear from your success in next part of your life soon !

    Regards,
    with best wishes.

    Comment by vahid — October 5, 2006 @ 5:58 pm

  16. Amazing! :D

    Comment by Axure — October 5, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

  17. You rule.
    Love.
    /Avid.

    Comment by Avid — October 5, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

  18. My Heart was beating so fast and I kept my breath while you were in the capsule, i was praying , it was very dangerous,the most critical point in this journey.Thanks God.it was like a shooting star…many things could have happend…thanks God !
    you looked so tired when you came out of the capsule as if you have brought a Great message for all of us from the above.
    we iranians are so proud of you !
    God bless you dokhtar !

    Comment by Kamyar — October 5, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

  19. Hi Anoushe…fekr kardam aval misham:( baraye hamin ghabl az inke neveshtato bekhoonam oomadam ke comment bezaram ama engar ta alan 19th hastam:P…..ok..faghat inke khosh halam ke baz oomadio neveshty…ehsas mikonam kheili sal hast ke mishnasamet…nemidoonam chera ama bavar kon har rooz neveshtehato mikhoonam az aval va axato negah mikonam…ehsas mikonam manam bahat boodam…vaghean merc ke in hesse ghashango ba hameye ma share kardy…beram bekhoonam neveshtato badan miam ya english ya finglish (mesle alan)barat coment mizaramo nazaramo migam…felan take care

    Comment by samaneh — October 5, 2006 @ 6:32 pm

  20. In Dallas, the time of your return was the same as Eftaar. I quickly finished doing my prayers and sat down with my sister and grandmother to watch it on TV.

    I was so concentrated to what was happening on TV, that I forgot to break my fast until I saw you eating that apple. Which then raised a question in my head. . . How does it feel to chew and swallow food in space? Does the food float in your mouth and stomach too?!

    I would imagine that it would be difficult guiding the food to chew. :-)

    Don’t forget. . . the journey is JUST beginning.

    Comment by Ateen - Plano, Tx — October 5, 2006 @ 6:34 pm

  21. I had waited until 3 a.m. GMT+2 to see this moment live on NasaTV the day of your landing, and it was frustrating because all we saw was the people surrounding the capsule and we couldn’t see inside. I was even not sure whether any of you were already outside or not. Then the camera moved to where you were sitting, you and Pavel V, and Jeffrey W was quickly here too, and then I can connect the rest of your account to what I saw. But then I couldn’t know what you felt. Now I know thanks to your blog, and it is amazing. We’re in it really, my imagination was never so stimulated by any science fiction I have read. Thank you so much !

    Comment by Raphael — October 5, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

  22. Dear Anousheh, Wow, what a fabulous adventure! Thanks a zillion for sharing it so fully and so well. And I hope you can arrange it to go again! All the best, Robin

    Comment by Robin Bonner — October 5, 2006 @ 6:39 pm

  23. “They should’ve sent a poet.” - Ellie Arroway, Contact.

    I can’t remember if that line was in the book, but I know it was in the movie. I just remembered it while reading your last post.

    Anousheh, I think this is what makes you so special to so many of us: You were that poet.

    Comment by just someone on the web — October 5, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

  24. Anousheh joon,
    Thank you for telling us the details, i almost felt how you felt.
    Maybe in the next chapter in your life, you should become a writer! PLEASE DON’T STOP WRITING TO US, I ALREADY MISSED YOUR WRITING.

    love
    ~yana

    Comment by yana — October 5, 2006 @ 6:50 pm

  25. Ba har jomle gerye kardam…ehsas mikonam age jaye to boodam deltangy velam nemikard…ehsas mikonam age ye rooz beram faza dige delam nemikhad bargardam…midooni jaee ke hame chiz pure hast hame chiz calm and pure….nemitunam jeloye ashkamo begiram…manam delam oonja ja moonde…ba neveshtehat zendegy kardam…ehsas kradam ke manam raftam oonja va too tamame jaryanat budam…hamasho hess kardam ba tamame vojudam…midoonam ke kollan kheili busy hasty o in rooza ham busy tar az hamishe!…ama dust daram hatta dar hamin hadde weblog bahat dar tamas basham….ama age man ye rooz beram faza…delam mikhad too tariki va sokute delpaziresh mahv besham…roozo roozegaret khosh….

    Comment by samaneh — October 5, 2006 @ 6:54 pm

  26. Anousheh you’re great,aweome,amazing,…

    Comment by maryam-Tehran — October 5, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

  27. Welcome back, Princess!

    I am forever devoted to your spirit and your writings.

    Kenneth (Netherlands)

    Comment by Kenneth Rellum — October 5, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

  28. Hi again..i read all the last part of your journey…you said that:”…I looked over to Jeff and Pavel… They were happy and smiling. They looked really pale. The gravity was taking its toll on them. All the blood was draining down into their feet, leaving their faces white as ghosts. This is just one of the things Astronauts and Cosmonauts have to get used to upon their return…
    The heart goes on vacation in Zero-G. The blood flows into your head and satisfies your brain that your body is well fed so your heart doesn’t work as hard. Back here on Earth the gravity keeps pulling the blood down to your feet and the heart has to work hard to pump it up to your head…”….i think of something by reading these…on the Earth,we need our feet…i mean that we are dependent on our body that is something material and because of the fact that we believe on our physical power,we may think that we can do anything by material solutions…but out of here,in the place that is more pure and spritual(in my opinion) we can understand the power of our spirit and soul…i don`t know if i could transfer my feeling exactly like what it is….but i have a strange feeling…i just know that i don`t wanna stay here…i have to go…i should do something…i feel like i`ve been there in the space with you and i lost part of my feelings and heart there…i can`t hold back my tears…i wish i could go there and i`ll try to do it one day cause i think we are not belonging to the Earth…we belog to somewhere else in the sky..in heaven…oh my god…i`m not good at all…..take care my dear dear dear sister

    Comment by samaneh — October 5, 2006 @ 7:10 pm

  29. Welcome back Anousheh

    You are amazing, what a nice pictures and video’s and indeed never give up youré dreams.

    From the Netherlands

    Marianne

    Comment by Mariannes — October 5, 2006 @ 7:10 pm

  30. Dear Anousheh,

    your description was very beautiful.

    Thank you,

    Comment by H.F.Z — October 5, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

  31. Hello Anousheh,

    Space flights have been a part of our lives for the last 40 yrs. In some ways they feel routine (even boring). This might be largely due to the kind of information we get from the various space agencies and the media. It has a very clinical feel to it. You hear about the latest launch of a Soyuz rocket or the space shuttle. You hear about an operation taking place somewhere in space, and when the astronauts/cosmonauts return you get to hear about their safe return. After a while it looses it’s appeal.

    Watching your return on TV was standard media issue - no different from past missions. Then i read your latest Blog entry on the same return coverage i watched on TV. Suddenly i realized what has been missing all these years. We never get the human side of space travel any more ( if we ever did ). Yes we get the usual “you should see the view from up here”, and “it’s great being up here”, but virtually all of them lack emotion - the human element. You read Anousheh’s writing and you really get it. For instance, intellectually we all know your muscles weaken in zero-G, and it takes a while to re-adjust to earths gravity. But the way you described it really gave me a different perspective on it.

    Anousheh, you were not the first person in space, nor were you the first private space explorer, but the perspective on space travel that you have provided all of us is what, i think, has made your trip so special to so many people around the world, and i think we all owe you a BIG thank you. THANK YOU ANOUSHEH! :-)

    Muinde JK

    Dallas TX

    Comment by Muinde Kithome — October 5, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

  32. Anousheh jan
    kheily matalebe jaleb va zibayee bood
    mamnoon
    fatemeh

    Comment by fatemeh — October 5, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

  33. Anousheh,
    Thank you so much for sharing this incredible experience. I have so much respect for you and your family and those from your two countries that have supported you and believed in you through out your journey. This blog has brought us all together to take part in your story and for that we thank you.

    I don’t know how to describe how this experience has changed me, but yesterday I laid down to take a nap and I had the most amazing dream of traveling into space. I know this sounds kinda silly, but you know how some times a simple dream holds a weight of significance that you can’t quite describe by words? That’s how this dream was for me. It was almost like I was preparing for something that’s going to happen sooner than I expected - perhaps it was a premonition of one day traveling to space as you have.

    In anycase, when I awoke from my dream I felt oddly disturbed that I had to leave my dream behind and face reality. I’m sure in some ways that’s how you must have felt when you landed back on Earth. But I’m comforted by the fact that my dream might one day come true as yours did. You said that you felt as though you left your heart up in space, but I think you brought more heart back to Earth than what you went up with. And I know that some of that heart you have brought back for all of us.

    Comment by Jason D. A. - USA — October 5, 2006 @ 7:38 pm

  34. salam
    bargashtanetoon ro tabrik migam. omidvaram ke man ham 1 rooz betoonam in arezoo ro tahaghogh bedam. chon man ham hamchin arezooii daram garche kheili pooldar nistam ama az zire darya va asemoon, asemoon ro entekhab mikonam.
    hamishe shad bashid.
    soroor az sweden

    Comment by Soroor — October 5, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

  35. There were three more space tourists before you, but none of them made an impression like you did!

    Nice post-landing story!

    Comment by Nasser — October 5, 2006 @ 7:45 pm

  36. سلام
    تو رو خدا نخندینا…پری شب خوابتون رو دبدم!
    از وقتی فهمیدم یه نسبت دوری با شما دارم نمیدونین چقدر خوشحالم!!!!

    Comment by تینا تیماج چی — October 5, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

  37. Anounsheh,

    Your running commentary was absolutely incredible. Through your words so many of us were “there with you” while on orbit. I want to thank you for all that you told us. I’m so glad you made it back safe and sound with Jeff and Pavel, I was glued to the TV watching, not only the landing but your whole mission. You have not only made us in the States proud, but you have achieved a new stature for you homeland, Iran. Perhaps this will lead to something better between the US and Iran. I ceartainly hope so, I have many friends there.

    Congratulations on a safe and successful mission and welcome bach to the good Earth.

    Chuck

    Comment by Chuck Christian — October 5, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

  38. ma dar iran montazere safare shoma be vatane khodet hastim.
    ansari X prize.
    x=sur
    :)

    Comment by parsa eslami — October 5, 2006 @ 8:01 pm

  39. Hi Anousheh from Geoff Weston here in Dunedin New Zealand.

    Well, this is great. Now, as you say, we must carry on and not let the flame die.I have been looking for this decription and it is really interesting. I had found lots of the photos of you being pulled out of the capsul, sitting and eating that very green apple etc. And I’d I had of course seen it live on tv. Now I know what your thinking when I look at these again. I suppose this completes the little book I have assembled, so now I will add the photos. Oh and I have made a tribute on my writer website with a montage of photos of your flight from launch to landing. Thank you once again for all these fabulous insights, inspiration, excitement and positive actions.

    Cheers- Geoff.

    Comment by Geoff Weston — October 5, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

  40. Dear Anousheh,

    You touched my heart again with this story. It’s been said over and over, you have the gift of writing down your feelings and observations in such a way that we readers can relive them too. Thanks for sharing!!
    As this apparently ends your story here, I say goodbye now and whish you and your family all the best for the future. Take care.

    Comment by Wim Holwerda — October 5, 2006 @ 8:22 pm

  41. Salam Anousheh jan,
    It is very nice to read your blog:) you wrote as if you are a writer, good for you! I wish i could one day express my feelings like how you do in writing.
    great job again and best wishes,
    Ali from NY
    PS. still dont know why you didnt send a message in Persian when you were in space? I think you are able to speak Farsi, right?

    Comment by Ali — October 5, 2006 @ 8:30 pm

  42. Dear Ms. Ansari,

    You are an inspiration to me. I am in the 5th Grade and am doing a current event summary on your amazing journey. I am very inspired by your hard work. Did you learn a lot up there? I liked reading your blog about feeling “really heavy” when you came back to Earth.

    I think you are a great person.
    Love, Nicole

    Comment by Nicole H. — October 5, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

  43. So glad you are back to write for us again!!! We missed you. Me, my family, and friends wish you a speedy recovery - please keep us posted as to your progress.
    With all our love and positive energy,
    Freshteh

    Comment by freshteh — October 5, 2006 @ 8:36 pm

  44. Thank you for taking this step for us, for being a pioneer & sharing your beautifull words & thoughts with us. I feel my heart & mind have been in space my whole life & this journey you described, almost seems within reach of the average person. I know one day it shall be and its exciting to know I was alive during the “firsts” for mankind.

    Good luck & keep posting your thoughts about this!!

    Sincerely

    Perry

    Comment by Perry — October 5, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

  45. Zdravstvuj Anya!
    I live in Baikonur and i heard much about yours travel.

    One friend of our family works on a platform and just filled and served that rocket on which you have departed. He even photos showed of that rocket =) (Exclusive it is possible to say :) ).
    Thanks for that that has informed the travel to the sky with many casual people. It causes respect. I too very much would like though time in life to repeat your adventure.
    If wants of news from Baikonurs - you can write and ask =)
    Good luck in all undertakings and happiness. Good luck in study of Russian language.
    We wait you in second time;)

    P.S.:Excuse for my mistakes in English

    Alexander, Cosmodrom Baikonur, Russia.

    Comment by Alexander — October 5, 2006 @ 9:09 pm

  46. Greetings from Finland! I’ve read some of your blog posts and followed your tip to the station and back with great anxiety. When you describe the feeling to see Earth below, I too get very emotional and even shaken. I am sad about the comments on this blog that have made you feel bad. Those people don’t know anything. I think you are a great inspiror to us all. Thanks for writing this blog and sharing your experience with us. We all should have the same courage as you do, and also follow our dreams as you have done. I also think that it’s just great what you do for science with the X Prize Foundation. Keep on rockin’ and stay well!

    Comment by Lauri — October 5, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

  47. Annie;

    Your descriptions kinda dovetail with a theory I’ve had for awhile now. You miss the sensations of microgravity, and I’ve read that many who have spent time in it also miss it. My theory is rather simple:
    We spend our time from conception to birth in a “microgravity” environment, basically a human neutral buoyancy chamber, then we spend the rest of our lives in gravity.
    Could the desire for weightlessness be a desire to return to the womb environment?
    Hmmm. Perhaps the psychiatrists can puzzle over that one for awhile.
    Thanks again for being as descriptive as you’ve been. There are just some things in this universe that can’t be condensed down into an equation.

    Comment by Dave Hromanik — October 5, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

  48. I really have to say that it fullfills me when I read your writing of such ability to use words in describing and expressing your thoughts . . . it somewhat amazes me! . . . good Job!

    Comment by Bijan Fard — October 5, 2006 @ 9:46 pm

  49. Dear anousheh
    When i loose my hope and be frustrated in doing things i read your writhing more and more.
    The more and more reading your webpage,the less and less facing difficulties in my life.
    Im so eager to hear about the view of the moon and the sun exactly.
    Thank you very much for everyhting you prepared for us even manythings you cant consider and distinguish .

    Comment by amir khosravi from kermanshah — October 5, 2006 @ 9:58 pm

  50. Exceptional piece of citizen-reporting ! live ! With photos! Videos! Who needs CNN?

    Comment by techbee — October 5, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

  51. hi miss ansari i’m so happy since you came back to earth
    that’s very good you are the first iranian webt to the speace
    you can make me SO SO SO HAPPY if yo visit my weblog
    i’m waitting for u

    Comment by Alireza — October 5, 2006 @ 10:07 pm

  52. Dear Anousheh,

    That must have really been an odd feeling! I can’t even imagine what your 2 other mates, who stayed for 6 months in the station, must have been feeling for their second (or third or more) birth ;)

    I’m really glad you decided to post! I understand your sadness to leave the peaceful station to reenter the world and its obligations… plus it’s always hard to turn the page after something that proved to be particularly enjoyable, touching, and life changing.

    But, look on the bright side: this is just the beginning of something bigger which you’re a part of!

    I’m quite sure you will return to space and make this dream accessible to all!

    Be well,

    Michael
    Paris

    Comment by Michael — October 5, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

  53. Now you got me crying.You had a dream and you went and did it.

    Comment by Ken — October 5, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

  54. Welcome home Anousheh, Pavel, Jeff and THANK YOU, Thank you for making my life more fascinating than ever before, and thank you for making me more confidend. I am not affraid anymore. I realized that now from this very moment enything is possible, I just have to cach my chance. And who knows, perhabs we’ll meet somewhere, someday, maybe even not on this planet… Live long and prosper my space friends =/\=

    Comment by Bartek Kierzkowski (Poland) — October 5, 2006 @ 11:18 pm

  55. Hi Anousheh-

    I have loved reading your posts, you are a fabulous writer, such fantastic detailed descriptions of everything. You are truly inspiring to all.

    Your posts have answered almost every question I have thought about going to, being in and returning from space. It’s incredible - like you’ve read my mind for years! So, now, a couple more questions still unanswered - what was it really like going to the bathroom in space? Why are you kept in quarantine upon return from space? What do you do while in quarantine? What was it like being the only woman up in space with just men around? Haven’t you been talking at a mile a minute to your husband and family about your experience? I know I wouldn’t be able to stop talking about it if I were you!!

    Again, you are incredibly inspiring and I look forward to hearing more about your space travels in the future!!

    Take care,
    Sarah

    Comment by Sarah — October 5, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

  56. http://www.nojum.net/news/articles/228/

    Comment by Zari — October 5, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

  57. Thank you …you’ve made dreams come true for a lot of people to me you are lady of the year…take care

    Comment by Bo — October 5, 2006 @ 11:48 pm

  58. AMAZING!
    Very beautiful description. The second birth; that’s true. Well done Anousheh, You DID IT! Maybe you can collect that capsule and save it for your future museum. You are part of our history so all those parts can be saved somewhere.
    Oh, that part which you wanted to be alone with Hamid and you were not for yourself any more, very romantic, fantastic, marvelous!
    Anousheh, The last episode was GREAT!
    During this chapter your really touched my heard at least 3 times. First, was this part: “5… 4… 3… I’m really going…2…I love you Hamid”; when you launched. Second was when you looked to the earth for the first time from ISS and you felt now you have touched your dream. And you know the third, when you heard from Hamid and you touched his face: “I heard a familiar voice from behind. “Salam… man omoudam!”; I called out to him “Hamid… Hamid…” I wanted to say “Hamid Hamid come and take me away… away to someplace safe… away from it all.””.
    And I enjoyed two titles a lot: Hello World and Second Birth.
    Anousheh, what can I can say about this chapter is just PERFECT. Thank you sooo much. But please keep writing time to time. About your feelings, our world, our life, your idea about some news,… Just remind us that our world is beautiful, PLEASE.
    Wish you , Hamid and your family the best,
    Shahram

    Comment by Shahram — October 5, 2006 @ 11:51 pm

  59. After 40+ years of space travel, no scientist has been able to describe their space voyage so vividly (?or maybe want to describe their space experience in as much detail for the ordinary person?).

    Probably the easy internet and quick accessible blogging has a lot to do with it too…….

    Either way, its been a pleasure to read all your descriptions…(waiting for a book)

    Comment by iman — October 5, 2006 @ 11:59 pm

  60. Hi! I am very glad to read another posting from you.What a wonderful story. You must feel awkward though being carried by two men and not been able to walk. So second . birth, huh!

    I watch your re entry too. And I pray for your safe return, and I am happy seeing your smile when you are sitting out on the ground with a beautiful bouquet of roses. And the people around you are surely feel very lucky seeing you personnaly and stepping on the same ground as you do and had your pictures taken.I envy them for that glorious moment.

    You are right, when you say, the end. I mean the end of the capsule’s usefulness that taken you safely back to the Earth. But you surely know, that it is just the beginning of a different life for you now.May I say, “LIFE is a road that you must keep on going. Have a wonderful journey!

    Take good care always because people all around the world care for you.

    Jun Uera, Malolos City, Philippines

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

  61. Wonderful gift for writing, you really should write a book.

    Comment by James, Mountain View, CA — October 6, 2006 @ 1:32 am

  62. Dear Dear Anousheh,
    Hi again,
    Hope you saw my previous comment.
    Just wanted to say that , I do enjoy reading your nice blogs.You write so sweetly and descriptively.My mind absorbs your experiences so deeply as if I was there myself.Your nice picture IS IN MY ROOM.lOOKING AT THAT EVERY DAY &NIGHT INSPIRES ME TO TRY HARDER ¦HARDER.
    BON COURAGE ET PORTE TOI BIEN MON CHERE ANOUSHEH.
    Salut a`Hamid.
    NILINIK.

    Comment by Nilinik — October 6, 2006 @ 2:13 am

  63. Ahousheh,
    Once again you gave us a unique perspective with the description of extraction from the spacecraft and adjusting to gravity.

    Your writing is so great, I hope you will write a book about the experience from start of your Cosmonaut training to the landing. You have a talent for writing (in addition to your other successes).

    I have to tell you a funny side note. My wife, who has no interest in space travel, was curiously fascinated by me telling her of your blog entries. That in itself is an accomplisment.

    All the best, and please DO keep writing!!

    Dave from NJ

    Comment by Dave from NJ — October 6, 2006 @ 2:42 am

  64. Thanks so much for the reporting, best I have ever read. I understand know why the lady astronaut fainted when she was giving her little speech to the press. Thanks again for the wonderful reports.

    Comment by Jimmy — October 6, 2006 @ 3:20 am

  65. Welcome back Anousheh, and thank you so much for your blog. It is obviously truly from the heart and it brings the experience of space flight alive more than anything else I have ever read or seen or heard!

    Comment by Peter Campbell — October 6, 2006 @ 3:31 am

  66. Dear Anousheh,

    I wanted to cry when I read of your meeting with Hamid. Your words are so touching. You are just inspiring! It reminded me of my favourite quote:

    “We are each of us angels with one wing, only able to fly embracing one another.”
    – Liciano De Cresenzo

    With love and best wishes for your future,
    Peter

    Comment by Peter — October 6, 2006 @ 5:22 am

  67. Dear Anousheh,

    Living and working in space has been my life’s dream. My whole life has been i preparation of becoming an astronaut. However in recent years I have had a couple of health problems that will probably disqualify me from NASA astronaut consideration. Thanks to you and other private space travel pioneers, traveling to space might still be possible for me someday. I only hope that I can afford it! Your life and your accomplishments inspire me to never lose sight of my dream. Thank you for giving me that. I’m curious how your life has unfolded; how did you start your business? How did you get to the place where you are today? I hope you can write a book to answer these and other questions to inspire a generation of new space exploration. Congratulations on your honorarary ISU doctorate, and ad adstra!
    Warmest regards,
    Brian Shiro, Hawaii, USA (ISU SSP05 grad)

    Comment by Brian Shiro — October 6, 2006 @ 5:25 am

  68. dear anousheh
    Thanx for ur detailed story about journy from earth to space. Its verry amazing. I am a writer from India. I also have a dream to walk in the space, like thousand others. May it will not be fullfil in my present life.But you are verry inspairing person for me and many others. Thanx again. May god bless you.

    parag

    Comment by Parag — October 6, 2006 @ 6:32 am

  69. Great posting. Keep it up. I have followed your trip to space and am really happy about your successful trip. I am already looking forward to your second trip. Please read my posting in my blog about your trip. Please visit…

    Thanks.

    Comment by The Outdoor Guy — October 6, 2006 @ 7:10 am

  70. It’s nice sense to have the feeling such as a infant feels at the birth,but you took down correctly,you could simulated it inreality,then if it’s possible to imagine living in space as mother’s womb?, but with inteligence? Wow this the first time that I read the seconds of after landing of an astronaut.I didn’t know that you read my previous comment on 28th Sept. on your video blogs, or not? but I grew up with space and space crafts and science fictions studies and movies, remember that at 14 studied about how “Vastouk” ,if I spelled correct, was retired and Soyoz substitued.Now I’m so interested in that you reply my comment ,I like to know about every moment in small capsule, wasn’t you frightened after seeing that small barier returned you all to earth!! surley before you pass the sky with big planes and now??…It’s nice that we both study electrical but I wish always study aeronatical… but impossible in iran that time.
    I’ll wait for your kind reply and please surely do it , I have space on my dreams and you learned me BE CHANGE,I like you see my design of the Trans Atmospheer air crafts that I imagined 10 years ago and now be amazed that it go to reality,I sacnned them and send you, then please email me ,because I start my CHANGE.!!

    ALL THE BEST

    Comment by Abdi Moshiri (Ansari) — October 6, 2006 @ 7:11 am

  71. سلام
    ممنون که ترجمه هاي فارس رو هم روي سايت گذاشتين…

    Comment by Mohsen Ebrahimi — October 6, 2006 @ 8:10 am

  72. salam anousheh jan,
    i was so so ecxited while reading your blog specially the “second birth”.
    it is so wonderfull,unbelievable, incredible, amazing and looks friendly to all of us. I wanna to tell tou again that besides all the hard thing they may have told you to make you feel sad, we are here to be proud of you and many people in iran and any where else feel absulotly faithfull in you and i have had cried so many times while reading your blog. we are all waiting for you to stand up again and do sth amazing one more.
    feel free and successful where ever you are
    with all my love
    zahra
    mashhad,iran

    Comment by zahra — October 6, 2006 @ 9:39 am

  73. great experience for u and for us reading too … Im proud that a woman did it .. :) thanks for sharing your experience with us ..

    Comment by suparna — October 6, 2006 @ 9:54 am

  74. Dear Anousheh

    Its a tribute to travel trade you pointed out that space also we can use.Keep exploring

    Love

    Xavier

    Comment by Xavier Chacko — October 6, 2006 @ 10:01 am

  75. Dear Anousheh,

    Your really are a very very impressive woman. A great role model for any body.

    I am hoping you can clarify something for me. Can you tell me the difference between an Astronaut and a Cosmonaut ? and since you had your training in the Gagarin Cosmonaut training center are you technically a Cosmonaut ?

    Best Regards Eric

    Comment by Eric — October 6, 2006 @ 10:39 am

  76. Hi again…i can`t stop reading your blog everyday:”>…i just wanted to say something and that is,from the time you started your blog on whenever i wanna gain some power to do something,i come and read your blog times and times…don`t you believe me how much it can help me to feel powerful and fresh…i wanna thank you again and again…i wanna be a succesful girl and i will…and you gave me this kind of feeling…i owe you..i`m indebted to you for ever…you changed my life in many ways….cheers

    Comment by samaneh — October 6, 2006 @ 10:45 am

  77. I forgot to say something…Anousheh it was a second birth to me also…you changed many things in my life and beliefes as i said…thank you for everything…send my hello to Hamid…take care…

    Comment by samaneh — October 6, 2006 @ 10:48 am

  78. Anousheh, that was just beautiful! Thanks for virtually taking us with you on that marvelous trip. You’re not the same person anymore before you started your journey and it must be hard to go back to normal. I’m also not the same person too before I found your blog and reading the last part, I felt sorta sad cause I’m gonna miss you and your stories. Well, I’m gonna look to the sky and wonder where the ISS could be at that moment and remember you and not be discouraged to reach for the heavens. Anyway, you and your family take care. Hope you’re recovering well!

    Comment by Yan — October 6, 2006 @ 10:49 am

  79. Anousheh joon
    dooset daram ye alameh
    fatemeh

    Comment by fatemeh — October 6, 2006 @ 10:59 am

  80. hi…i am iranian….
    anoushe khanoom man khili khsohahl hastam va be onvaneh ye irani be shoma eftekhar mikonam…..i dont know that u understand my persian word or no..but i cxan…say thats in english word…
    be glad too mett u !!!!

    Comment by arman — October 6, 2006 @ 11:22 am

  81. Dear Anousheh,

    Thank you very much for everything!
    I appreciate you not only because you have escaped to space; further I appreciate your strong will to fulfill your dreams.
    You were lucky to be in a suitable position and time to do that but “chance deserves prepared mind!”
    Hope I would be able to pass the Visa barrier and fulfill my old dream which is studying Astronomy!

    Best regards,
    Ali.

    Comment by Ali — October 6, 2006 @ 11:30 am

  82. Anousheh joonam,

    The Second birth!, i loved the way you described it. I wish that i had your mind, sprit and strenght, you are so beautifull, i wish i could just see you and give you a thank you hug for making me feel so much better about life, and everything around it. God bless you and Hamid.

    love
    ~yana

    Comment by yana — October 6, 2006 @ 11:31 am

  83. Thank you very much for evrything!

    I appreciate you not only because you have escaped to space; further I appreciate your strong will to fulfill your dreams.
    You were lucky to be in a suitable position and time to do that but “chance deserves prepared mind!”
    Hope I would be able to pass the Visa barrier and fulfill my old dream which is studying Astronomy!

    Best wishes,
    Ali.

    Comment by Ali — October 6, 2006 @ 11:33 am

  84. I have followed your journey. Along the way I have discovered an amazing story of courage, belief and adventure undertaken by a woman with an open and sharing heart. You share your story with us in a completely selfless fashion. In doing so you have reignited my dreams, my hope, my belief in a future that is bigger and more possible than it sometimes seems today.

    Follow your heart throughout your life, as you seem to already have done, and you will shine a light into the corners of people’s lives.

    Thank you for having the courage to chase your dreams.

    Comment by Redbird — October 6, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

  85. Thank you Anousheh.
    please continue writing on your blog.

    Comment by Golnaz,19,Tehran — October 6, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

  86. Anousheh,
    Thanks for being there and saying it the way it was and felt. And congratulations on your honorary Doctorate from ISU. You deserve it lady. Welcome home

    Ola

    Comment by Ola Abraham — October 6, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

  87. Anousheh,
    I felt very sad when I on your blog the impact of the negative comments. Some people will judge you simply because you had the money to realize your dream. Some people will be jealous of your wealth and how you choose to spend your money and they will not be able to move beyond that and will lash out at you.

    You are a woman of depth, substance, passion and great vision. You are an old soul who has a perspective that not everyone will understand or be able to “see you.” Your authenticity and quality of heart that come through in your writings on your blog are very moving. You are touching the lives of millions of people. You are changing the world. You are ‘being the change’ and along with that comes the challenge of facing those who can’t truly see you and instead judge, criticize and make false accusations that they believe to be true. Face those who criticize you not by trying to get them to understand you or convince them that your intentions are pure. Face them by continuing to be a role model for the world and continuing to ‘be the change.’ Continue to stand in your truth!!!! You’ve touched my life just from reading the few days you spent in space. First, I could feel the preciousness of this planet and all the beings it supports. After reading your blog I was walking around looking at the world in a new way, in a clearer way, with greater perspective of life and our planet. You also touched me personally as a source of inspiration to continue to pursue my dreams even in the face of all the struggles I face through this process including fears (ok, panic and terror) doubts, feelings of hopelessness, etc. Your message to people is about unity, love, peace, education, learning, growth and following your dreams….don’t let the negativity out there impact you sharing these values with the world. Please keep writing on your blog.

    Love,
    Deanna
    Boston, MA, U.S.

    Comment by Deanna — October 6, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

  88. This is, by far, the best blog I have ever read! Thank you Anousheh for all that you’ve done for space exploration. You are a true pioneer.

    All the best,
    The Spacejunkie

    Comment by Spacejunkie — October 6, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

  89. Salam khanume ansari,az safare fazaie khaste nabashi va omidvaram salamatie baedaz safaretun ro be hamrah dashte bashid.
    khanume ansarie aziz azatum khaheshi dashtam.shoma chera be tarafdaranetun ejazeh midid ke har chizio be afradi ke nebsat be shoma enteghad mikonand nesbat bedan.shoma dar matlabe chand ruz gozashtatun az in ke nesbat behetun enteghad shode na omid shode budid va khoda ro shokr tedade tarafdaranetun kam nist va azatun defae mikonand.aya behtar nist kami be enteghad ha fekr konid va kami dar tasmim girihatun ajale nakonid va agar enteghadi dorost bud taeedesh konid va agar na dorost rad.be har hal mamnun azatun.OMIDVARAM safare shoma baese gostareshe tahghighate elmi beshe va 20 milon dolar arzeshe in ro dashte bashe.
    ba tashakkor
    Sayeh
    Az IRAN

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

  90. There will never be a time again in your life when you are not a space traveler. It may feel like the end, but this is a begining.

    The future chapters of your life now all contain this experience, It must indeed feel like a second birth.

    I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this with us. It has meant so much to me to be able to read this.

    Dwight

    Comment by Dwight — October 6, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

  91. Anousheh,

    I am not much of a writer, so all that I can think of to say is thank you. My warm regards to you and Hamid, and to the X-Prize Foundation.

    Alan

    Alan

    Comment by Alan — October 6, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

  92. Pour Anousheh,

    Une lecture qui peut être source d’inspiration :

    “Sur la courbe de l’horizon terrestre, le ciel est trés grand, trés pur, plein de choses merveilleuses… C’est du ciel, surtout du ciel que vient la liberté. En lui tout est clair, réalisé. En lui est le luxe, le véritable luxe qui éblouit, étourdit….le ciel m’ouvre, il m’enlève, me soulève….Je sens sa couleur pure, ce bleu illimité qui entre en moi par les yeux, qui se mêle à ce que je respire.
    C’est la liberté quand il n’y a plus de frontière.”

    “L’inconnu sur la terrre” de J.M.G Le CLEZIO

    Le plus souvent l’adulte a abandonné ses rêves, il n’a que des désirs, si ce n’est des besoins.
    La magie de votre récit tient principalement au fait que derrière une fraîcheur et une spontaneité toute naturelle, vous avez gardé votre regard d’enfant, vos rêves de toujours, émerveillée devant cette pomme qui défie les lois de la pesanteur !

    Au fil de ce récit vrai de cet émerveillement, vous trouvez les mots justes pour faire partager vos émotions qui deviennent les nôtres face à l’espace, à l’infini, source de mystère, parce qu’inconnu et inaccessible, sauf pour les magiciens et les magiciennes…

    Sous votre plume, cet infini devient mutin et rieur, nous pouvons l’apprivoiser et nous laisser emporter par vos impressions sur cette toile de rire que vous tissez en toute innocence et toute liberté jusqu’à cette boule multicolore qu’est la Terre.

    Je me plais aussi à relire dans “Micromégas”, un conte de Voltaire, l’histoire de ce voyageur céleste qui va de planète en planète, pour “achever de se former l’esprit et le coeur…”

    A bientôt, magicienne de l’espace !

    Que la poésie soit votre inspiratrice.

    Petit Pierre

    Comment by Petit Pierre — October 6, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

  93. Dear Anousheh,

    Thanks again for your fantastic blog with pictures, videos, and ofcourse the amazing way you described the trip from the begining to re-birth. You aimed at the stars and became one. Best wishes to you and Hamid and without a doubt I can say that both of you will make it happen for others to aim at the stars too with your X prize foundation.

    To infiniti and beyond

    Comment by Shahram Z — October 6, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

  94. Hi Anousheh!
    I am really happy that you decided to join us again and let us get into your amazing experience! I must confess, even if I had the means to go on such an adventure, I would NEVER EVER do it! It really takes a lot of courage, which I unfortunately lack! I am not genetically prepared for radical sports or extreme adventures… hélas! That’s one of the reasons why it is so wonderful that you share your experience with us… THANK YOU! I read it all with interest and dreaming eyes, but happy to be on solid ground!
    Kind regards!

    Comment by Rosario Andrade — October 6, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

  95. Dear Dear Dear anoushe

    happy your new birthday
    i saw your landin completly from nasa tv in internet
    i love you and hope you be happy and have a nice time ,
    from the fierst day of your trip im foloowing the reports and read your comments
    i think that maby you read my comments and wishes for you
    tack care

    Comment by hadi saeidi TEHRAN — October 6, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

  96. مرسی.خیلی خیلی زیاد مزسی.:):*

    دختر 18 ساله از رشت

    Comment by H.B — October 6, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

  97. سلام خانم انصاری
    مثل همیشه این مطلب هم خیلی جالب و خواندنی بود
    راستی چند روز پیش یه جمله جالب شنیدم
    پیامبر فرمودند اگر علم در ثریا باشد فردی از قوم پارس به آن دست
    خواهد یافت
    و شما این کارو کردید
    باز هم برای شما آرزوی موفقیت دارم

    Comment by Pedram — October 6, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

  98. Anousheh,

    Le bleu intense

    “C’est l’étendue sans repères, le bleu intense où le regard semble s’ouvrir indéfiniment.

    C’est le bleu que les hommes voudraient garder en eux, retenir dans leur corps.

    Ils le boivent du regard et de la bouche, ils l’appellent.

    Ce n’est pas l’infini, ce n’est pas effrayant comme la mer, ou comme la nuit.

    C’est le ciel libre offert en un seul morceau, le ciel qui vous prend et vous emporte.”

    J.M.G Le Clézio “l’inconnu sur la Terre”

    A bientôt

    Petit Pierre

    Comment by Petit Pierre — October 6, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

  99. Anousheh,

    My 12 year old son and I have been captivated by your process.

    I think to the time in our country when flight itself was new. When I see the private enterprise now surging to embrace space, it is possible to touch the excitement those people must have felt as the skies opened to man.

    My son will see private space travel as a more and more commonplace event in his life, thanks to adventurers like you. He is on the threshold of a new way of living.

    My main concern, as we move forward, is how will we treat our new environment? Already we worry about the space debris, from the few people who have made it. I am curious to know how you envision our ability to do it better than we have. Will this be something the X Prixe addresses as it encourages exploration? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I personally believe we are creative enough to progress in a balanced way. Can’t wait to see what we develop!

    Thanks again for allowing us to escape to the stars vicariously through your story. Keep in touch.

    Comment by Tracy — October 6, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

  100. Great story and what a beautiful happy ending. I was just wondering maybe you can ask the Russian Space Agency to let you have the capsule as a memorabilia. Based on the definition of the word memorabilia “Objects valued for their connection with historical events” nobody would cherish this little ship more than you. :)
    It could be yours after all because I read somewhere the amount you paid is what a Soyuz mission would cost RSA. So technically it’s actually yours! I think the best place to keep it would be the corner of your living room. :)

    Comment by Space Enthusiast — October 6, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

  101. Dearest Anousheh,

    I must write once again to this posting of yours, that this is NOT the end, yet only the beginning. I think, and I feel strongly that ‘YOU’ have been able to humanize perhaps more than any other “Participant” thus far, be they professional or otherwise, the sensations of space and the dream of all things beyond.

    Perhaps your gift to the program was not the micro biology experiment nor the discovery of the ramifications of weighlessness on sutures. But you did bring a voice and a human touch to the ship, and you sent it home to us.

    For that, you deserve and have earned the title of Explorer.

    GOD BLESS YOU, “Anousheh Ansari, Explorer”

    Always sharing the dream with you and others,

    James Dunn

    Comment by James Dunn — October 6, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

  102. Dear Anousheh,

    Welcome back to Earth and thankyou so much for taking the time to share your experiences with the world. I found your comments fascinating and deeply moving - I’ve been sitting here at work trying to hide my tears as I have read your words. I’m so pleased that you all returned safely. We tend to forget what a dangerous voyage it is that you have been on. I’m sure there will be some low times for you in the coming months - you have been through such an incredible experience that you will miss it terribly I’m sure, and look around you with sadness as you see the world is still the same crazy place it was when you left. But what a wonderful place it is too! Take heart if you feel down; you have changed people’s lives with your touching and inspirational messages. What an achievement! My very best wishes to you and your family.

    Andy -UK

    Comment by andy — October 6, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  103. Dear Mrs. Ansari and XPrize Founders,

    Besides my real job as a computer programmer, I volunteer to coach kids soccer at a club nearby here in Houston. Within the United States Youth Soccer Association, there are both competitive and recreational programs that kids get to attend. Usually at younger age, kids start off with the recreational ones just to start enjoying the game and when they get older and more serious, they move to the competitive leagues. But experience has shown that the recreational programs are just as important, if not more, as the competitive leagues. That’s where you draw kids into the sport and that’s what feeds the competitive programs.

    The other day I was thinking if the same thing holds true for space enthusiasts. Where would the kids go if they wanted to learn about space and astronomy and explorations if they are interested in this field? Traditionally astrounauts and cosmonauts have been recruited from test pilot programs or airforce. But that leaves a whole bunch of people out! young people who are enthusiasts and like to learn and experience space adventures (as we have seen from the responses on this blog).

    To make the long story short, would it not make sense for XPrize Foundation, to create schools throughout the United States and maybe even throughout the world for the space enthusiast kids who excel in academics to learn about space, astronomy and Earth? What I have in mind is private space academies that only accept the best kids (academically) and provide them with scholarships if they need them. Maybe the schools can be equiped with astronaut (instructors), centrifuges, 0G simulators, a planatarium, or whatever else is required and if it’s not too cost prohibitive.

    I would think that such schools will provide the basis for future private space explorations much better than government space agencies can.

    Let me know if I am completely out of the ball park here and maybe this is out of the realm of XPrize foundation.

    Regards,
    Tourang

    Comment by Tourang — October 6, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

  104. salam, khanoome ansari,
    migam mahe ramazoon o chetoor didin. shoma ke az oon nazdik didinesh, farghi mikone ba mahaye dige ya na :D.
    (harfe jeddi) : baraye ma irania eftekhar bood, enshallah maratebe balatar va movaffagiayyat haye badi :P

    Comment by Mehrdad — October 6, 2006 @ 8:46 pm

  105. Dear Anousheh ,

    Thanks soooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOO much :)
    every thing you write here about your journey is amazing and beautiful ,

    Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks ,

    have golden days ,

    Comment by Zari — October 6, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

  106. Dear Anoushe

    I can not depict my happiness of reading your blog.
    It was very nice to read your experiences in detail.
    Thanks a million for writing this wonderful blog.
    Love

    Live long and happy

    Hoda

    Comment by Hoda — October 6, 2006 @ 9:54 pm

  107. سلام خانم انصاری.امیدوارم هر جای دنیا که باشی موفق باشی.
    انوشه جان منم دانشجوی رشته الکترونیک هستم و امیدوارم روزی مثل تو بتونم موفق باشم.
    با آرزوی سلامتی برای تو

    Comment by امین رضا — October 6, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

  108. anousheh jan salam

    Comment by reza — October 6, 2006 @ 10:18 pm

  109. Congratulations.
    You are great and an inspiration.
    Peter Welch, Mount Kisco, NY, USA

    Comment by Peter Welch — October 6, 2006 @ 10:40 pm

  110. I hope that you will share the joy which new immigrant students here in the USA have found in reading your blog. One woman, 40 years old, who has studied English for six months was so excited to learn of your adventure that she read every word. All of our students are so impressed that someone who arrived in this country with no English could achieve such goals. It has reinvigorated the whole class. My deepest gratitude.

    Comment by Elena — October 6, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

  111. Hi our dear Anoushe,
    I haven’t read all of your blog, but I have to tell you that we Iranians and of course the World are proud of you and your courage. It is a pleasure for me to read your thoughts and experiences both on the Earth and the space. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful moments with us. I wish a long and healthy life for you and your family.

    Nazanin

    Comment by Nazanin — October 7, 2006 @ 12:04 am

  112. سلام به شما انوشه عزيز
    شما به من ثابت كرديد دست يافتن به رويا ها زياد دور از انتظار نيست نميدوني چه شوري رو در وجودم برانگيختي ..ديگه داشت باورم ميشد دارم تبديل به يه زن خونه دار كه كارش فقط بشور وبپز و بساب تبيديل ميشم ..هر اين كارها در جاي خودش قشنگ …دوست دارم به روياي خودم برسم هر چند بهاش سنگين باشه …متشكرم انوشه تو همانند اسمت روح جاودان هستي ..تو نوشين رواني
    نوشين 25ساله از مشهد

    Comment by نوشين — October 7, 2006 @ 12:23 am

  113. congratulations on achieving your dream!
    thank you sooo sooo much for sharing every moment with us!
    This is the first time that ordinary people get to know how it feels to be in space and to return to earth and to experience such an amazing journey!
    you are a true inspiration to everyone.
    keep it up!
    Cheers,
    Sindy, Australia

    Comment by Sindy — October 7, 2006 @ 1:22 am

  114. Another suggestion:

    Wouldn’t be great if you send everyone who post comment on your blog, an autographed signed copy of your new book? It would be the best gift that every of us can dreamed of.

    Did I ask you too much?

    We love you Anousheh

    Hamilton from Canada

    Comment by Hamilton — October 7, 2006 @ 3:19 am

  115. Hi everyone again;

    First of all, I’d like to shortly say something to a dear friend, ‘Kamran’, who have put informative comments on my writings: Yes, you are right! It was my PERSONAL opinion as an Iranian, but you did the same and state YOUR opinions as OURS too, so, tit for tat! Also I’m not a ‘frantic’ fan for her: even I had made some objections to her action in my previous comments. Neither am a begoted nationalist, like what someone has undrestood about my writings. I’m only one who have been awakaned by what she has done. And as the last item, the king ‘Hammurabi’ had established a ‘Code’, rather than ‘Regulations’, which did not include many details. ‘Cyrus the Great’, although extracted his regulations from his predecessors (like Hammurabi), had prepared a complete set of instructions and procedures that could be followed by anyone and for almost any social matter (e.g., you may find social security regulations for all workers in it). But despite all above, your helpful instructions are all appreciated. Your advices were totally instructive and didactic.

    Secondly, I’m glad to see Mrs. Ansari is back to writing. Her description about the last part of her ‘return’ was impressive. However, I don’t agree with her last sentence: phrase ‘THE END’ reminds me of termination and discontinuity; while I beleive theis chapter of her life is started recently. Is it because you need a short rest, Mrs. Ansari? OK! Save your power for the next session! Good luck!

    I wish everyone who reads this comment feel (even a little) more responisbility about the world we were living in (as I’ve already got this feeling).
    God bless all of us; required your blessings and prays….
    Yours, Farhad from Iran (a place in the United World)

    Comment by Farhad — October 7, 2006 @ 5:28 am

  116. Mrs Anousheh Ansari
    It’s better to say dear Anousheh because I feel that I know you for a long time because I and you have a dream in common.I had your dream like you when I was a child but now I’m in different place. Now I’m a 21 year old genetic student in Iran and it is my last hope to gain my dream because I’m sure that for a better life in space, human should change plants, animals or even his body by means of genetic engineering. I’m sure that someday we meet each other or maybe we could work together because I think that you are the one that could help me to do the same work as you do.
    After all I should thank you for your intersting writing.You could be a good writer even among native english Writers.
    The last requst: Would you mind asnwer my comment. I know that you are so busy these days but I demand you aganin, please do this favore to me.

    Comment by amir hossein — October 7, 2006 @ 5:35 am

  117. Congratulation,
    it is really touchy when you describe the second birth.i was so excited reading that.
    you are great.Take our prayer from Banglades and deepeat gratituade from our people.
    Take salam and salute

    Comment by arif — October 7, 2006 @ 6:51 am

  118. hi dear anousheh,
    it’s the lesson that i got from you..and your new step in your life that; i am alive..really i am..and i will be,till the time is going on..till i’m breathing..whenever my two angles are ataring at me and want to learn,want to know..i’m alive for them..to teach them..to open their eyes..and spread their wings..and show them the flight……..and then i’m sure they’ll learn how to fly.
    dear dear anousheh…thx for waking up my hopes..and for flying my wishes.
    laleh from Iran

    Comment by laleh — October 7, 2006 @ 7:48 am

  119. Anousheh Jooon
    mamnoon az inke blog farsi roo update kardi
    love
    Fatemeh

    Comment by fatemeh — October 7, 2006 @ 8:56 am

  120. Dear Anousheh,

    I hope this will not be THE END of your blog. I really enjoy reading it and you’re a gifted writer (Hey - what about a book about your space trip and your efforts for public space flight… ;) ). I’m curious about how long it takes that you don’t feel ‘heavy’ any more and be able to move around normaly. I think there’s still a lot to write about, isn’t it?

    Greatings from Germany,
    Georg

    Comment by Georg — October 7, 2006 @ 8:58 am

  121. hi dear anushe
    thank you for promote name of the iran and iranians.
    I wish you be for ever alive and shad!!!?.
    pls reply me your feedback.
    by

    Comment by arash — October 7, 2006 @ 9:33 am

  122. سلام یه چیزی میدونی تو افتخار همه ایرانیان هستی
    و افتخار تمام ادمایی که به رویاهاشون جامه عمل می پوشونن

    Comment by amir — October 7, 2006 @ 10:05 am

  123. سلام
    اگر وقتش راداشتید ترجمه ی مطالب جدیدتون را هم در سایت قرار دهید
    تشکر

    Comment by shahram ورنوسفادرانی — October 7, 2006 @ 10:13 am

  124. Dear Anousheh
    تولد مجددت مبارك (persian)
    والثانيه ميلاد سعيد لكم اليوم (arabic)
    Happy The second birth day to you (english)
    Glücklich der zweite Geburt Tag zu dir (germany)
    Feliz el segundo día del nacimiento a ti (sapanish)
    Heureux le deuxième jour de naissance à toi (french)
    Felice il secondo giorno di nascita a voi (italian)
    Feliz o segundo dia do nascimento a você (portuguese)
    第2生れ日あなたに幸せ (japanese)
    두번째 출생 일 당신에게 행복한 (Korean)
    你生日快乐第二 (chinese)
    Thanks for google translation.
    From Hamed&Shima From Armenia

    Comment by Hamed& Shima — October 7, 2006 @ 10:42 am

  125. Dear Anousheh,

    Very nice article. I am sure that your probably book will break all sell records.
    I have translated this artile and published that in “Space Science” website.
    http://www.spacescience.ir/default.aspx?Category=800&Post=0000082
    ————————————————————
    انوشه عزيز
    متن بسيار جالبي نوشته‌اي. من ايمان دارم كه اگر كتابي از خاطراتت بنويسي همه ركوردهاي فروش را خواهد شكست.
    اين متن را ترجمه كرده‌ام و در وب‌سايت “دانش فضايي” منتشرش كردم.

    ارادتمند شما
    شهرام يزدان‌پناه
    پژوهشگر علوم و فناوري فضايي
    www.spacescience.ir

    Comment by Shahram YAzdanpanah - Space Science — October 7, 2006 @ 10:49 am

  126. Thanks for conveying your sense of wonder and making your experience so palpable to people around the world - something previous space explorers haven’t done. And why on earth :) shouldn’t you do exactly what you want with your money?!? People who go on about starving millions should direct their anger at governments who spend billions on arms, or who siphon off the nation’s resources into their own pockets, not on a woman who has made such a success of her life. You are a wonderful role model.

    Congratulations, and thanks again,

    Dave
    p.s - you must also be the prettiest human being who’s ever gone to space!

    Comment by dave — October 7, 2006 @ 10:56 am

  127. با سلام به خانم انوشه انصاری من به عنوان یک ایرانی بسیار خوشحال هستم که بار دگر یک ایرانی شگفتی آفرید با تشکر
    محمود از اراک

    Comment by mahmood — October 7, 2006 @ 11:19 am

  128. Hallo Frau Ansari,
    ich freue mich sehr auf Deinem Erfolg und wünsche Dir
    alles Gute,

    Mit freundlichen Grüssen
    Shamsy

    Comment by Schams — October 7, 2006 @ 11:24 am

  129. Dear Anousheh,

    It was an excellent narration, putting both thoughts and emotions into actions. I feel as if I too am just out of the capsule. Good going and my heartfelt wishes to you.

    Someday I want to be a star like you. Someday I want to travel out there too. I need your help and guidance. Please write back to me Anousheh. I need your assistance to shape out my career. Please write back to me.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Manju S.M. (India)

    Comment by Manju S.M. — October 7, 2006 @ 11:31 am

  130. Hi again Mrs. Ansari;

    Your ability of good public relations, as well as considerable level of education and astro-knowledge, played the greatest role to make this weblog a ‘popular weblog’. Now, I want to put you into trouble of adding a page for inquisitive persons like me as a Q&A page. You know a lot of astronauts and cosmonauts who may help you to change this weblog into a general space database. How about this idea? :) Bothersome???!! :D Yes, but who’s afraid of trouble??!!!! ;) So, please do it for us to quench this thirstiness…..thank you in advance! :)

    Yours, Farhad from Iran (a place of the United World)

    Comment by Farhad — October 7, 2006 @ 11:53 am

  131. ey kash manam oonja boodam

    Comment by mila — October 7, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

  132. I would like to extend my gratitude for being such your overwhelming inspiration to me and so many more like me. Your historic flight and your benevolence in the X Prize have forever changed the future of the world as we know it. At the heart of all these philanthropic deeds you and yours have taken the world in your hands and shaken it up at its humanitarian core. I can only hope and aspire that I and all humanity can rise to meet your trancendence in our own way. Bless you and your family.

    Comment by John — October 7, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

  133. khanoom anoosheh ino bedoonin hameye ma iraneha doostetoon darim va be shoma eftekhar mikonim

    Comment by mohsen — October 7, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

  134. انوشه عزیز
    خوشحال هستم که به سلامت از سفر برگشتی.من دختری به نام تینا دارم که شما را دوست دارد ودیدن شما باعث شده که برای رفتن به فضا آرزوهایی در سر بگذراند.امیدوارم او هم مثل شما موفق شود.سربلند و سلامت باشید

    Comment by Zari — October 7, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

  135. Hi Anousheh - great blog and great reading to know your journey. Inndeed this has to be second birth for both your readers and you. what a wonderful journey you shared with us.
    thank you so much for sharing your experiences and may you find peace.

    Comment by Suresh Gundappa — October 7, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

  136. خانم انصاری سلام
    امید وارم که همیشه شاد و سلامت و سربلندو پیروز باشید.
    نمیدونی وقتی که خبر سفر فضایی شما را شنیدم چه حالی شدم
    از اینکه سالم به کره ی خاکی برگشتی خیلی خوشحالم
    شما باعث شدید که من نگرشم به همه چیز عوض بشه.
    از این به بعد برای رسیدن به ارزوهام بیشتر تلاش میکنم
    شما الگوی بسیار خوبی هستی
    امید وارم که به بقییه ی ارزو هاتون هم برسید
    یادتون نره وبلاگ فارسیتون رو اپدیت کنید
    مجید 17 ساله از شهر استارا .استان گیلان

    Comment by مجید عقلمند — October 7, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

  137. سلام خانم انصاری.این نوشته هم مثل سایر نوشته های شما هم دقیق بود و هم اینکه خواننده رو در حس شما شریک می کرد .چقدر زیبا نوشتین که این سفری بود به سزمین آرزوها .این نوشته شما هم، انتقال دهنده افکار زیبا و انسانی شما بود.از صمیم قلب امیدوارم باز هم بنویسید.منتظر نوشته بعدی شما هستم.

    Comment by مهرداد بیات — October 7, 2006 @ 7:19 pm

  138. You have the most eloquent writing! I feel what you feel as you write. It is amazing to me to connect so much with the written word. You have a gift my dear! I felt heavier with gravity as I read of your second birth and happy birthday to you!! hahah….take care and please continue with your wonderful narrations!

    Comment by Melinda Gabriel — October 7, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

  139. Thanks to all of you affording this thrilling episode and its touching account. Good luck to you, Anousheh, as i trust you move on with your work, and good luck to Thomas, Michel and Mikhail for their continued mission and save returning. They shall never feel abandoned during their next months dangling up there.

    Arnulf

    Comment by Arnulf Knittel — October 7, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

  140. Dear Anousheh,
    I can’t help but write to you. Your words of your experience in space that you share with everyone are so inspiring! You are such an amazing person!

    In reading your words, it is as if talking to a dear friend… and amazing! dear friend!

    Even such a little thing as watching some video “World Hold On”… do we get some idea that you are so real and could even be a friend of mine…. but yours is so much more.

    You give the idea of dreaming to the stars as something that we all can accomplish… and yet you still give that sense that it is not beyond possibility.

    My heart is smiling that with all the conflict in the world today, there is still hope for us all with such passionate love for life and our world that you bring!

    Love,
    Lenny Hebert
    USA

    Comment by Lenny Hebert — October 7, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

  141. Dear Farhad

    1) In my comment I’ve used the phrase “I think” twice,precisely where I mentioned something about Iranians.So your objection is not fair and precise.

    2) Aousheh’s success inspired me so much,too, and I extremely admire her.But frankly I can not understand this volcano of admirations and romantic descriptions.A skim on this weblog reveals that according to commenters she is:

    a great writer (just after writing a few pages in a weblog? Even Shakespear would’nt have been recognized as a great writer this way!),

    a space explorer(exactly what did she explore within a 350km distance from the Earth?(no romantic phrases,please).About 37 years ago three American astronauts went about 400,000 km further,the Moon.),

    a fabulous adventurer!!!
    a poetess,
    a Princess!!!
    absolutely incredible,
    changing the world,
    superwoman,
    etc.
    Oh, take this one:
    پیامبر فرمودند اگر علم در ثریا باشد فردی از قوم پارس به آن دست
    خواهد یافت
    “و شما این کارو کردید
    “….”The prophet[of Islam] said if science lies at Pleiades[some distant cluster of stars in the sky] someone of Persians would grasp it.”and you did it.” !!!…….!
    What scientific results did she catch?
    In the viewpoint of many the sky is still a dome at just 350km height,and Anousheh got there!!!(remained nothing for others!).

    I think(and hope) she does not take these nonsenses too serious and instead shows THE WAY towards dreams.

    3) When will we get rid of this kind of thought?
    Interesting to know:the distribution of such overestimations in this blog is uniform among Iranians and non-Iranians!
    4) I THINK she has a great weakness:too high sensitivity to criticisms.She claimed:
    “..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.”
    But she “didn’t sleep” due to just less than 10 criticizing posts out of more than 8000 comments!!!
    “..until I got this off my chest.”
    And then she disappeared for 3 days!
    This very reaction INSPIRED a lot of offensive responses.Someone wrote:”Let the dogs bark”!!!
    Hard to believe but some comments seem to have been expurgated(take a look at comment #124)
    4)You commented:
    “Your…considerable level of education and astro-knowledge,”.
    By “astro-knowledge”,do you mean knowledge in astronomy?
    If so,how did you get that?I didn’t notice even a single scientifically-precise assertion in all of her blogs,and I didn’t expect so.She has an MS in electrical engineering and is a high-level expert in IT and data communications.But she is just an on-line freshman MS student in astronomy(in Swinburne Univ.,Melbourne,Australia).
    For example,you can read the caption of one of her most interesting posted images:
    “Apple does not fall”!!!
    But as you may remember from high school physics courses,it DOES fall!!!In orbit everything falls:gadgets,stuffs,ISS,…she herself! with approximately the same g (the gravitational acceleration of the Earth)as that of down here.So “Zero Gravity” is just a colloquial phrase.If there is no gravity up there so what did maintain the ISS(plus our dear Anousheh) in orbit?! Due to fall of everything the situation is that of “weightlessness”.
    And last but not least,I appreciate your polite response to my comment.Let’s all be rational,tolerant, and think scientifically where it deserves.THIS is my dream.

    Kamran Derakhshani
    Tehran

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 8, 2006 @ 12:14 am

  142. Dear Anousheh, thank you for the beautiful love story.

    Comment by Robin — October 8, 2006 @ 2:26 am

  143. Hi dear anousheh
    Since you travel and came back , I read all of your blogs and it’s second time I decided to write for you. When I read your blog “ icould’n sleep…” I decided to write for you and today I done it . when I ‘m reading your bogs I feel , I’m with you and you are speak for me and say a bout yourself and I think I’m your friend and very close to you.i’m an Iranian girl who live in iran about 23 years, since I was born. I’m not at you age. you are 3 or 4 years younger than my mother but want tell you sth about what annoyed you . iwrite in in farsi because iwant to show all of my feeling about you.
    Anousheh joon
    Aya fekr mikonid ke hame adama bayad az ma razi bashand? Mosalamn NO. midunid chera ? chon Hamishe adamiee hastand o boodand ke hichjuri razi nemishan.
    Tazeh age hame az ma razi bashan ya age hame az kari ke shoma kardid khosheshun biyad o razi bashan dige harfi bara goftan nemimooneh. Hamechiz zood faramoosh mishe nist misheh.
    Adamee ke shoma ro dust darand va ,be shoma eftekhar mikonand ,be irani budanetoon, be eteghadateton kam nistand .madar bozorge man ke 80 salesheh, vaghti ke mikhastin berid faza baraton doa kard. migoft man faghat yek bar kheyli kutah to tv didamesh “anousheh” , nemishnasamesh vali chon midunam ke irani ast, omidvaram ke sahih o salem bere vo bargarde. Now tell me what did you want ? Is it enough, isn’t it?
    Anusheh joon adamaee ke hanuz to iran be internet dastresi nadarand ya inke internet darand va nemidoonand ba shoma che joori tamas dashte bashand , ya inke aslant natoonan English bekhunand ro farmoosh nakonid. Shoma kare khodetoon ro kardid. Onaee ke bayad doosteton dashte bashand daran va mishnasandetoon.

    Ama in misunderstandings bekhater ine ke media to iran dorost dar mored shoma va hadafetoon harf nazad ta hame bakhabar beshand ke mikhad ch etefagh biyofte va chera shoma darid mired faza. Taze vagti bargashtid yeki az barnamehaye tv avalin blog “the price of a dream” ro khund.
    Mardome iran dar moghiat mali khubi nistand chon dar iran faghat yek seri adamaye servatmand hame chiz darand va baghiye bayad sakht kar konand ta betoonand dar sathe motevaset zendegi konand. Oona nemidunad ke shoma ham sakhti keshidid ta be in ja resided.
    Baraye rafe tamame in moshkelat behtare chand roozi biyaeed iran va khodetoon barye hame harf bezanid ta hame beshnasandetoon va bebinand shoma ro.

    Dar akhare name omidvaram narahatetoon nakarde basham va sohbathaye your cousin “nelson mandela’s words” ro ham faramoosh nakonid.
    Salem, movafagh va por omid bashed.
    Yours MARYAM

    Comment by maryam — October 8, 2006 @ 3:45 am

  144. You are a super star, Anousheh! I love how you write and how you use YouTube to upload video messages. Videocasting is the next big thing after blogs. I’m happy to see how interactive you are with your audience. Thanks for enabling comments.

    Any time I can help you with my expertise (see my VTG blog), let me know. FREE to you always! Truly.

    Vaspers the Grate aka Steven E. Streight

    Comment by steven e. streight aka vaspers the grate — October 8, 2006 @ 4:45 am

  145. سلام انوشه جون
    تولد دوبارتون مبارك
    اين نوشته تون هم خيلي قشنگ بود و من كه اين مطلب را مي خوندم احساس مي كردم توي اون موقعيت هستم.
    كي به ايران مي آييد؟
    ما منتظر شما هستيم.
    قربان شما
    مژده مدرسي

    Comment by مژده — October 8, 2006 @ 6:12 am

  146. Hi Everyone;

    I’ve promised to myself not to reply any personal criticism (if my opinions deserve it!) in this blog, not to let this public hall become a personal journal for one-to-one arguments. But, it seems that the explanations made by my dear friend, ‘Kamran’, is going to become a pure criticism. Shortly: We are not compeled to state our thoughts rationally and on-the-wisdom-basis; neither here is an intelligence arena. Nothwithstanding, Mrs. Ansari is absolutely NOT a Saint or Divine Holly Angel! You can take a look back to the very close history of space-traveling (as what I’ve been doing since I was a boy) and see only three or some great space events did make the same (or almost the same) reaction among general public. The first travel of man in space (by Yuri Gagarin on Apr 1961); The first landing and walking on Moon (by Neil Armstrong on Jul 1969); The sorrowful break up of Space Shuttle Challenger in its 10th mission (on Jan 1986); and may be some few more events. But, there is one great difference here: Mrs. Ansari’s writing is neither of a ‘journalistic report’ spirit, nor is a full-technical documentary which would be enjoyed by minor educated levels of people. You may see that MORE THAN half of the commenters on this last blog were non-Iranians; and even the percentage for the early comments is much more. So what she did is examined and judged by a major part of the whole world as a great (NOT THE GREATEST) writing. I think General public don’t agree with the fact that Shakespeare was a great writer (although he was indeed) because they don’t like ambiguousness and complexity. Remember Iranian proverb “A deep heart’s speech would aquire impression on the hearts”? Her juggling hat is her simplicity in writing besides her good observations. It’s not an overestimation, I think. So, I also say that she is a great writer….

    Perhaps someone has a great emotion about her achivements that makes him/her say something REALLY exaggeratedly. Do you hurt? What happens if someone redicules you for your deep belief in what you have said above? Why must I think that I AM THE JUDICIOUS WISDOM? Let people say their feelings, provided not to insult each other. I totally agree with you about insultive comments. It’s the worst way of conversation. Let’s do it in a politer manner…

    Astro-knowledge, is a New Age term generated by some amateur astronomers (I’m honored to be an assistant of one of them) for those non-professionals to understand complex terms and expressions in this field of science. I got sure from your last paragraph that you have this knowledge too in a great level. It’s not usual to express technical descriptions so easy and simple like you, and of coarse Mrs. Ansari. But, your explanations are a little more precisely and fastidiously. Even I had forgot what you have excellently expressed about weightlessness and gravity.
    But, please don’t twit others’ weaknesses: She has frankly expressed her weak, but it does not mean that her disappearance was because of it. You can imagine better than me how coming back from weightlessness to the normal weight makes a human’s body so inert that it affects all normal activities. I’m sure she has written her last comment much harder and more time-consuming than previous ones. So, don’t let others think you have blamed her for something that is not her fault.

    Thank you for your compliment, and I wish your dreams become true too, just like Mrs. Ansari’s dream…

    Reagrds, Farhad from Iran (a place of the United World)

    Comment by Farhad — October 8, 2006 @ 6:26 am

  147. Dear Anousheh
    Hi, you have wide eyes, you can see every thing very good.
    Its a kind of Meditation for me to read your nice reports.
    you have a good attention on things.
    God bless you
    Till then
    Mehdi from the earth

    Comment by Mehdi — October 8, 2006 @ 6:40 am

  148. Dearest Anousheh,

    I do not understand the cynic Kamran and others reading so mush into our praise of you for your journey. I see it as their jealously. Of course we are giving you words of love. They might be rather cheering, but that is our right and our desire to give them to you. At the end of the day, you served a purpose on the mission, and the truth of that is just now dawning.

    Yours,

    James

    Comment by James Dunn — October 8, 2006 @ 7:17 am

  149. روز ميلاد تو باز
    مثل همواره خدا حاظر بود
    آسمان جشن گرفت
    ابر ها مژده ي ديدار تو را مي دادند
    و به يمن قدم سبز تو باران باريد

    انوشه جان
    تولد دوباره ات مبارك باد
    خالق عشق نگهدارت باد
    حامد و شيما از ارمنستان

    Comment by Hamed& Shima — October 8, 2006 @ 7:54 am

  150. Dear anoushe jan
    i have sent many e_mail s to your aansari@pro…e_mail,if you remember me,and a comment befor,i asked you to read my e_mails ..not because of me that just for god and emam reza,just that i am from the city you was born in it and just that you can change my life,you can keep my parents for me and so on…
    just for a moment suggest i am your reall smaller brother in mashad who is really cring and ask your assistance…just let me contact with you..for god,be sure you will make him happy…i asked a lot emam reza to make to help me contact with you,now that you are reading this msg please just for whom you love..for god…what ever you admire…read my e_mail s,and in case of ability reply me…as kind as a sister whose brother is in many life s difficulties in mashad…
    thanks a lot
    mohammad from MASHAD

    Comment by god disapoointed me,you dont plz — October 8, 2006 @ 8:30 am

  151. سلام
    به زمین خوش اومدی.
    اما صعود همیشه قشنگتر از فروده مگه نه؟
    هر چی نباشه آدم احساس می کنه تو صعود به خدا نزدیک تر میشه…
    گولو دوستت داره
    موفق باشی

    Comment by gulu — October 8, 2006 @ 8:46 am

  152. خانم انوشه انصاری عزیز

    خوشحالم در میتوانم برایتان بنویسم . خوشحالم و افتخار میکنم که یک ایرانی هستم. در گوشه کنار این کره منفور خاکی هر جا قدم میگذارم و چشم میچرخانم جای پای یک ایرانی موفق را میبینم. شما رفتید و برگشتید . به آرزویتان رسیدید ، ایکاش اونجا آرزو میکردید که من هم به آرزوی شما برسم چراکه آرزوی شما آرزوی من نیز بود اما شرایطمان فرق دارد. به هر حال امیدوارم روزی برسد در آینده نزدیک و مجدد شاهد پرواز شما باشم. فقط اگر اینبار سفری به نزدیکی ماه داشتید سلام قشنگ به همه جا نگاه کنید و با دقت به زمین نگاه کنید (البته با چشمان من ) .

    پیغام دوستانی که در جاهای دیگر برایتان نوشته اند را میتوانید به آدرس زیر مشاهده کنید
    [received]

    به آقای انصاری نیز سلام برسانید

    شاد و موفق باشید
    آرش

    Comment by Arash — October 8, 2006 @ 9:30 am

  153. Dear Farhad,

    Sorrily,having received my comment they deleted comment #124.
    It has been replaced by a “Happy Birthday” in 11 languages!
    Hope it didn’t mixed you up.

    Kamran Derakhshani
    Tehran

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 8, 2006 @ 9:38 am

  154. dear Anousheh
    hello :)…how r u Anoushe ?….like always realy thank u sooooooooooo much for sharing ur so beautifull moments with world . u r first person that could to make world to follow ur dreams at every times and all of us realy enjoyed and sometimes we get tears into our eyes ..i myself always thought i was there . i think u r gift from Allah that could come into all hearts in the world .and i am very proud that i am irani girl .who did think that an iranian woman can be in ISS ? but u showed there is no imposible things to come true our dreams ..Anousheh yesterday when i was reading ur blog like always when i saw ur space dress that there was ”PARCHAME IRAN ” and ”PARCHAME AMERICAN ”…i noticed that IRAN`S parcham was hold on ur left side body on ur ”heart”:) .realy i am proud to be iranian thank u Anoushe thank u .May Allah keep u and ur family in his care always ..AMEN :) …GOOD LUCK.
    urs trully
    Sona :)

    Comment by sona — October 8, 2006 @ 9:46 am

  155. anousheh aziz:
    tabrik behetoon migam va khoshhalam salamt bargashtid.omidvaram dar tavalode dobareh be arezoohaye dobareh beresid.man shoma dar faza bodid ba shoma to delam sohbat mikardam.va harshab shoma ra on bala rahat va azad mojasam mikardam
    dostetan daram baraye hamishe
    maryam

    Comment by maryam — October 8, 2006 @ 10:14 am

  156. Dear Mrs. Ansari;

    I have a lot of questions, and am not sure how can I get the answers. But at least let me try to ask it from you, and be hopeful you patiently reply them! Here there are:

    1) You told you were brought to ‘Star City’ to be quarantined for a while. It must relate to some recovery and physiotherapy to take your body back to its normal ‘weighed’ situation. But, how about medical tests? They must (as far as I know) have taken a lot of tests to make sure that you are not infected by any unknown space disease; isn’t it? And if so, why some people (including your dear husband) has touched your body or suit before doing examinations? What kind of quarantine was it?

    2) How about radiation? You (as well as the other two guys) have been affected by electromagnetic storms; although the ISS shield must protect you. Did they take any radiation test of you?

    3) I’ve heard that after being a while in the space, the inside human’s body clock will change. Is it true for you? If so, How is your feeling? e.g. did your rest time, meal-eating, special biological periods, … change? How they’ll get back to normal?

    4) ISS is placed in an orbit some hundreds Km high, where ther’s no air to stop any wandering object. Since there are tons of such objects which enter the atmosphere daily, some of them must have been collided with ISS during your short stay. If so, was they sensible? Could you hear the collision sound? The same question for your return stage: the outer surface of Soyuz shield should has been vibrated very fast and made a loud noise. Have you heard it from inside?

    5) Why the habitation module must be burnt in each return?

    6) It’s told that your landing was supposed to be done with an speed of 3MPH, which does not make a major impact at all. But, you have mentioned (in ‘The Ride Down’) that there was a BIG impact. How could this be explained?

    7) How is your feeling of heaviness?! Did you get better? How long does it last?

    8) Thanks God to creat us not so more dependant on gravity, almost all of our inside biological activities could be done nearly well in weighlessness. But (with a great pardon) how about your saliva? Have you ever had the feeling that your saliva has been floated in your mouth?! Also what about teardrops which should moisten the eyes and drained into nose? Have you had the feeling of over-exudation of your eyes?

    There are few more questions but I don’t want to bother you. Please tell me YOUR direct observation and sense, not technical replies (which I have them all!). I want to obtain a sense of what I’ve known theoretically.

    Thank you in advance, and waiting for your reply…
    Yours, Farhad from Iran (a place of the United World)

    Comment by Farhad — October 8, 2006 @ 10:15 am

  157. salam anousheh joon
    خوبین انوشه خانوم…منم تصمیم گرفتم از این به بعد فارسی تایپ کنم
    راستش…از این مطلبتون خوشم اومد..ولی حیف که زبانم زیاد خوب نیست و نتونستم راحت همشو بفهمم….
    ما ایرونیا خیلی دوس داریم وبلاگ فارسی شما هم زمان با این وبلاگ یا حداقل با یه روز تاخیر به روز بشه…اگه امکانش هست مارو شاد کنین

    Comment by vahid esmailpour — October 8, 2006 @ 10:51 am

  158. Dear Anousheh, I have to give you all the respect that I know. you proved how an Iranian well to do woman could be talent. you performed the best way of spending the money. folowing the dreams.. Thank you.

    Comment by Kouros PourHaydari — October 8, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

  159. Dear Anousheh, I have to give you all the respect that I know. you proved how an Iranian well to do woman could be talent. you performed the best way of spending the money. folowing the dreams… Thank you.

    Comment by Kouros PourHaydari — October 8, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

  160. تا كجا مي‌توان رفت براي ديدن زيباييها
    تا كدام قله كه پا بر زمين نداشت
    او راديدم
    در آغوش داشت دنيايي از زيبايي را
    از آسمان

    Comment by Parheeb — October 8, 2006 @ 12:10 pm

  161. Anousheh,
    this was my first time visiting your blog and what a priviledge it was. you have experienced some great things, and it is always a pleasure to share something different with other people.
    i have been living a strange life, and even though it’s not entertaining..its mostly tragic to say the least, i find relief and joy in sharing my life with others.

    all the best for your future escapades.
    God Bless!

    Comment by in2deep — October 8, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

  162. Dear Anousheh,

    I have been wanting to write to you ever since I started reading your space log. I have have read your pages with tears of joy streaming down my face. I have wanted to tell you so many things, but each of my thoughts have been voiced by others. I wanted to send you the poem, ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling, but that was also sent to you by someone else.

    Maybe your quest was not the first, or your writing the most eloquent or poetic ever written, but you touched me, as you touched so many of us. People from all over the world are praising you and admiring you. I, as an Iranian, have an additional reason for gratitude. You have caused us to, once again, feel proud of being Iranian, especially since you have not forgotten your Iranian heritage. I, as a woman, feel proud that you have managed to achieve so much in your life, and not lose your head about it.

    I hope that you will continue on new quests, and find just causes to chase after. Maybe you should go into politics. The world really needs honest, sincere and intelligent people to counteract the destruction inflicted on us by selfish, ignorant and corrupt politicians. Who knows, maybe one day you could become the president of the United States or Iran!!

    Please confinue to shine, let us dream with you.
    Thank you for being you.
    Love and light
    Soraya Shokrai,
    Tehran

    Comment by Soraya Shokrai — October 8, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

  163. Dear Anousheh
    It was surprising .Your space story shows your skills in meaning of your feelings.I admire you as a hard human that believs everything is reachable.

    Comment by layegh — October 8, 2006 @ 1:51 pm

  164. Dear Anoosheh,
    You have made us all proud. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful feelings and experience of your trip with us. I shared all of them with my two daughters. It is such a good energizing food for their mind. Gives us the feeling that we can do anything when we put our mind into it.
    Khosh Amadi,
    Sohaila

    Comment by sohaila — October 8, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

  165. thank you once again for sharing your experiences with all of us, Anousheh. Welcome Home…

    So…. what’s next? : )

    Comment by leyman — October 8, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

  166. انوشه جان
    ISU اهداي دكتري افتخاري دانشگاه بين‌المللي فضايي
    را به شما و همسر مهربانت تبريك عرض مي كنيم

    گفت : ما به هوش و قدرت تصور انوشه انصاري افتخار مي‌كنيم) ISU (همانگونه كه رييس

    ما هم افتخار مي كنيم
    توانايي نگاه كردن و تصور فضايي تو واقعاً فوق العاده است
    موفق باشي و سرفراز
    دوستان هميشگي شما
    حامد و شيما از ارمنستان

    Comment by Hamed& Shima — October 8, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

  167. سلام خانم انصاری
    بنده از مدتها قبل وبلاگ شما رو دنبال میکردم وخیلی افتخار می کردم که یک بانوی مسلمان ایرانی تونسته به فضا برود و باعث افتخار هستید که تونستید اسم کشور را بازم سر بلند کنید اگر افتخار بدهید وبه وبلاگ من هم که کلی هم از شما تمجید کردم وتنها کاری بود که بر حسب وظیفه انجام دادم اگه امکانداره یک ایمیل ویا یک کامنت با دستخط مبارکتون برای من ارسال کنید حتی در یک کلمه یا دریک خط … خیلی خوشحال میشوم اگه افتخار بدین …امیدوارم که سفری به ایران هم داشته باشید وما بتونیم شما رو زیارت کنیم

    Comment by حمید - د از یزد — October 8, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

  168. salam anousheye aziz.ghable ghable har chiz mikham age emkan dare e-mailet ro dashte basham.kheli baram mohemme.kheli harf daram.mamnooooooooooooooooooooooon az hame chiz,az labkhanndet,az talashet,va elham bakhsh boodanet.

    Comment by salaM — October 8, 2006 @ 5:18 pm

  169. Salam Anousheh,

    You should write a book! Your descriptions are amazing, we all would like to read your book.

    Good luck.

    Comment by Ahmad — October 8, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

  170. its not the end of this chapter you are just gonna start it!

    Comment by Golnoush — October 8, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

  171. Dear Anousheh,

    thank you so much for sharing your experience. Many of us may not go to space but we got a chance to experience it on the earth beacuase of your writings. It a wonderful. I hope very soon we will see you live on CNN or some TV channel sharing you experience and recordings.

    Good luck for future dreams.

    Aarti
    Dallas,TX-USA.

    Comment by Aarti — October 8, 2006 @ 5:58 pm

  172. Hi Kamran (#141)
    We all know that life is not always fair and our world is not always safe for all of us to be able to become extremely analytical and scientific in our appreciation for beauty and hope. There are people like Shirin Ebadi, Marjan Satrapi, Anousheh Ansari,…who do something different that brings a lot of joy, hope and admiration to the life of many who might not have the luxury of a normal life. Anousheh has not won the Noble prize in medecine or physics but she has encouraged many especially women and young girls to work hard to achieve their goals. Life could not always be explained in terms of objectivity and within the scientific paradigm. It is why we have many types of research: quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods in our quest to find the truth…
    Cheers,
    Armin

    Comment by Armin — October 8, 2006 @ 6:50 pm

  173. من خیلی دوست دارم.مثل تو باشم..تو الگوی خوبی هستی برای همه …دلم میخواد شما رو از نزدیک ببینم……دلم میخواد برم از زمین دور باشم .. بیام تو آسمون تو فضا……..هیف که زمین مثل عکسش از فضا مهربون نیست..سیاهه ..دوست دارم…

    Comment by navid — October 8, 2006 @ 9:12 pm

  174. I loved your narrative description of the return to Earth. Awsome job. I am very happy for you and your family. I have been a big supporter of the X prize and for what it stands for. I wish I could have been on the trip with you.
    I look forward to reading more about you and how the readjustment back to Earth works out for you.

    Well Done:-)

    JET

    Comment by J. E. Thompson — October 8, 2006 @ 11:35 pm

  175. Now I am really jealous. You are about two months older than me.
    I saw some of the footage of while you were on the space station. You looked right at home. After your return, how long did it take for you to completely recover and re-adjust to Earths gravity?

    Comment by J. E. Thompson — October 9, 2006 @ 12:27 am

  176. Thanks Anousheh.

    Comment by Bob — October 9, 2006 @ 1:14 am

  177. “Dear Pat,
    You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, “Why don’t you make something for me?”
    I asked you what you wanted, and you said, “A box.”
    “What for?”
    “To put things in.”
    “What things?”
    “Whatever you have,” you said.

    Well, here’s your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts—the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
    And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.
    And still the box is not full.

    John Steinbeck,
    Prefacing Letter to Pascal Covici in “East of Eden”

    Farsi Translation:
    ——————
    پاتريک عزيز،

    در حال تراش مجسمه کوچک چوبی بودم که به سراغم آمدی و گفتی

    چرا يک چيزی برای من درست نميکنی؟

    از تو سوال کردم که چه چيزی ميخواهی؟

    و تو گفتی: يک جعبه

    برای چه؟

    برای اينکه چيزهايی در آن بگذارم

    چه چيزهايی؟

    جواب دادی: هر چه داری

    پس بيا جعبه ات آماده است. شايد هر چيزی که داشتم در آن نهاده ام ولی هنوز پر نشده. در آن درد و هيجان است… احساس خوب، احساس بد… پندار نيک، پندار شيطانی… لذت طرح کردن، نا اميدی و شادی غير قابل توصيف آفرينش

    و همچنين تمام عشق و سپاسی که برای تو دارم در آن است

    ولی جعبه هنوز پر نشده.

    Comment by Tourang — October 9, 2006 @ 1:27 am

  178. Dear Anousheh Jaan,

    I hope and trust that you and your family are doing well.
    I wished to pose a few queries upon your return to terra mater.
    It seems that all the questions and emails prior to your departure focused so predominantly on the means of getting there that the question of teleology or the purpose of undertaking such a mission was wholly neglected. The primary and the primordial urge to look inside and search for perennial answers has been thoroughly set aside by those who question only the material aspects of such a journey.

    I believe that your journey was analogous to such a self discovery; to uncover a farther meaning at a further depth. The preparations alone must have tested her beyond all that is imaginable.

    I do believe that if you walk far enough you will get to a place and meet people that will in some way tell you something about where you have come from and your journey was ontologically not far from this walk.

    Speaking of ontology and the study of Being, I wondered if you, while up in space, had the same spark of imagination that I had when I saw you in the space cabin smiling blissfully. You see, in biology, we say that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny- that is to say the unfolding of one person is similar to that of a species. I wondered if you thought that ontology, study of Being, similarly recapitulates cosmology. It is the journey within that is the ultimate space walk and the Being is both the Self and the Universe.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,
    Payam

    Comment by Payam Azima (Friend of Amir and Najdi) — October 9, 2006 @ 4:46 am

  179. Pour Anousheh,

    Only to extend your dream,

    Le vertige de la liberté………

    “Parfois on arrive dans un pays où l’on vit dans le ciel.
    C’est dans le ciel qu’il faudrait habiter, réellement, comme ces hommes, pour oser être libre.
    On aurait cette couleur bleue dans le regard, sur le visage, sur la peau des mains….
    Les hommes qui vivent prés du ciel sont chaque jour dans l’illumination.
    Ils vivent dans la véritable éternité qui est étendue autour de la Terre.
    Il faut aller jusqu’à eux……alors le ciel vide nous étreint, nous recouvre tout à fait…..
    L’absolu bleu est en nous, nous ne connaissons plus d’autre couleur, d’autre désir.
    Le ciel silencieux nous possède, et nous commençons à connaître le vertige de la liberté”.

    J.M.G Le Clézio “L’inconnu sur la Terre”

    A bientôt

    Petit Pierre

    Comment by Petit Pierre — October 9, 2006 @ 5:13 am

  180. سلام
    همه خوشحال هستند که شما این رویاتون رو تحقق بخشیدین و با این کار برای همه ایرانی ها افتخار آفریدید و به خیلیها امید و آرزوی تازه بخشیدید. راستی انوشه خانم شما نمی خواهید توی وبلاگتون به فارسی بنویسید؟

    Comment by Amin Bagheri — October 9, 2006 @ 5:48 am

  181. سلام خانم انصاري
    از خاطرات زيباتون خيلي لذت بردم و سعي كردم خودم رو تو موقعيت شما بگذارم و احساس كنم كه چه حالي داشتين . حتي تصورش هم خيلي جالبه
    راستي تو اون موقيت بي وزني شما كه گريه مي كردين اشكاتون چي مي شد؟ مثل دونه هاي مرواريد تو هوا معلق مي شدن؟
    اونوقت چه جوري جمعشون مي كردين؟
    احساس شما را موقعي كه مي خواستين برگردين درك مي كنم
    آدم دلش خيلي مي سوزه ، ميدونه كه شايد ديگه همچنين موقعيتي براش پيش نياد ، دلش مي خوا همه لحظه ها را بخوره وهر چي بيشتر بهتر
    منم با اينكه اونجا نبودم دلم خيلي گرفت
    نوشته بوديد كه انوجا برق لبتون را گم كرده بوديد
    شايدم خودش يه جايي قايم شده كه با شما برنگرده زمين
    فكر كنين الان شما اينجا روي زمين هستيد و برق لبتون يه جايي توي ايستگاه داره شما را نگاه مي كنه و با خودش مي گه
    خوش به حال خودم كه برنگشتم زمين !
    اميدوارم كه هميشه موفق باشيد

    Comment by hajar — October 9, 2006 @ 6:54 am

  182. what can i say, just amazing !

    Comment by Shrawan — October 9, 2006 @ 7:42 am

  183. can u write somethine about ure re-entry experience…

    Comment by Girish — October 9, 2006 @ 7:52 am

  184. A great achievment for an individual and a an important one for people of a great nation.
    You’ve laid the all important footsteps for others to follow.

    Thank you
    Iraj

    Comment by Mo — October 9, 2006 @ 8:34 am

  185. dear anoushe
    i am still hoping one day you read my e_mail s or comments and reply me…i m really hoping ..praying….please do it,just care a little about me,your smaller brother in mashad…a person who really needs you…

    mohammad

    Comment by your bro from mashad — October 9, 2006 @ 9:15 am

  186. Dear Anousheh;
    Hi mate. My name is Mojtaba and I live in iran. I was 6 years in Australia and I really could feel what type of feeling you had at that momment. Taht’s true that people always feel peace when they are in their homtown,but for me when I went to Aus after few years, I found Iran, I mean I really felt what a beautiful country I have. And my love to Iran started at that momment.
    We are all proud of ya, and hope good times always happen to you and your nicew family. Thanks
    Peace out….

    Comment by Mojy — October 9, 2006 @ 9:27 am

  187. Anousheh jan,
    I was following the process of your jurney let say “doora door”, today sudenlly a friend of mine said somethings about your blog which they weren’t true, that thing encouraged me too start to read your blog from the very begining. I don’t know what the time was 8? 9? I dont really remmeber but it is now 14:25 now and I can not belive how time was past. There were many times that I found tears on my face facing the energy and emotions from your writing. When I think about that I can see the emotions of your writings is arised from the truth and the reality of your expirience that is what we call “Jala dahandeye neveshteha”.
    “Sokhan kootah konam”, I wish the best of the bests for you who had bring proud to us (the people living on earth, what you described us from the station).

    Hamishe shado khoram bashid.

    Arsham, Tehran

    Comment by Arshan — October 9, 2006 @ 11:07 am

  188. Dear Anousheh.

    I have to stop reading your blogs, you describe everything so wonderfully well , so much so i feel i can close my eyes and see everything you saw, i empathize so much i end up with tears flowing down my face.

    You’re a wonderful person Anousheh, you and the various space teams involved have helped to restore my faith in humanity, welcome home, with the outlook you have towards life and people you will always be safe on or off Earth ;)

    Ged, Manchester England

    Comment by Ged — October 9, 2006 @ 11:55 am

  189. Anoushe Ansari
    Your childhood dream having come true, what makes you want to go space again?
    Rahman

    Comment by Rahman — October 9, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

  190. Dear James Dunn

    You wrote:
    [I do not understand the cynic Kamran and others reading so mush into our praise of you for your journey. I see it as their jealously.]
    Cynic? jealous? Why? Because I just said we should have admired what she really was, not what her hot fans made in their minds?

    OK man, she IS a fabulous adventurer,a poetess,a Princess,
    a superwoman,…etc.
    Now I am NOT cynic,NOT jealous,NOT…,but just a poor stupid!!!
    Oh,Oh,meanwhile apple does NOT fall! because SHE asserted so!
    (I beg your pardon Isaac Newton,but after 300 years we are in such a situation as you were in: myriad of hot passions,lack of a bit of reasonability.)

    Kamran Derakhshani
    Tehran

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 9, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

  191. Dear Anoosheh!

    I am glad you are back safe and sound, thanks for writing about this marvellous experience. You made many people happy and hopeful.You are a brave lady with a vision.Some may not understand your vision but that’s trivial.You made history with your journey and the future belongs to you.

    Comment by Sepideh — October 9, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

  192. سلام خانم انوشه انصاری:
    امیدوارم در هر کجا که هستید سلامت و موفق باشید.من درس بزرگی از شما گرفتم و آن این است که همیشه آرزو های بزرگ داشته باشم و به آنها فکر کنم.و آنها را تصور کنم تا مطمئنا به آنها دست یابم.

    شمیم شاهرخی.14 ساله.تهران

    Comment by shamim shahrokhi — October 9, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

  193. To Mohammad from Mashad (#150)
    [god disapoointed me,you dont plz]

    Are you OK,brother?
    God never disappoint His servants.
    You [asked a lot emam reza to make to help me contact with you]
    Why? What can she do for you in what God disappointed you of?
    I think you mixed up the hierarchy!
    Trust in God and be strong.
    I pray for you and your faith.

    Kamran Derakhshani
    Tehran

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 9, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

  194. It is surely difficult to express in words what it is like to be in space. I can only imagine it. So, I tried to translate these feelings in music. It’s a tune called “Cosmonaut”. You can find it on my website.

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

  195. Hi Ansari,

    Thanks for writing this story. I found it very interesting, and am glad to have the experience, through you.

    Thanks again for taking the time to share this with those of us who have not had this opportunity.

    Comment by Belle — October 9, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

  196. انوشه جان!
    بازگشتتون رو مجددا تبریک می گم…و می خواستم ازتون خواهش کنم که به نوشتن ادامه بدین! بدجوری بهشون عادت کردیم:)
    در ضمن با کدوم E-mail می شه با شما ارتباط برقرار کرد؟!
    باتشکر–نیلوفر.

    Comment by Niloofar — October 9, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

  197. معلم عزيز انوشه جان

    در جهان‌ هر كار خوب‌ و ماندني‌ است‌
    ردپاي‌ عشق‌ در او ديدني‌ست

    عشق‌ يعني‌ ذهن‌ زيباآفرين‌
    آسماني‌ كردن‌ روي‌ زمين

    تو غير ممكن ها را از خاطرمان محو كردي
    تو به آساني همرنگ جماعت نشدي

    در فضا مدرسه اي ساخته اي تا همواره در آن
    علم را با احساس و عشق تدريس كنند

    ‌موفق تر از هميشه باشي
    مهدي از زمين

    Comment by Mehdi — October 9, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

  198. سلام از اینکه نام ایران رو سر زبانها آوردی ازت ممنونم
    m.a.andi

    Comment by andi — October 9, 2006 @ 5:01 pm

  199. inspirational. do you even realize to how many dreams you have given back wings?

    Comment by jammy — October 9, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

  200. Dear Farhad,(#146)

    You wrote:
    1)[…not to let this public hall become a personal journal for one-to-one arguments.]
    When the lecturer delays or doesn’t come at all,some take a nap,some take a smoke,some take a leak,…and some gather in little groups to chat.All are OK.What is bad is that we are not able to bear each other’s criticism or opposition.

    2)You mentioned:
    [We are not compeled to state our thoughts rationally and on-the-wisdom-basis; neither here is an intelligence arena.]
    Bravo! That’s the point! I appreciate your honesty!
    Yes, we are not compeled.If we were, God wouldn’t create hell and paradise.Because then the Earth(plus ISS!) would be the paradise itself.God created paradise for whom that follow their wisdom,and hell for whom that follow their ego.
    By the way, now that we are not compeled can we state our thought irrationally and on-the-unwisdom-basis?
    Just remember that you used your wisdom to answer me,not your emotions.Who did compel you?(cf. comment #148)
    As to your last point,I absolutely accept it.Here is an arena for hot passions,absurd emotions,intolerance,and a new workshop for making a new idol.(I hope she hates this.)
    3)I never compare great women and men such as Gagarin,Armstrong,Martyrs of Challenger,etc. to our little lovely AMATURE astronaut Anousheh.They are PIONEERS.
    4)You can call a “great writer” everyone you like.But if you don’t follow your passion just wait until she writes a few books or so.If you insist on calling her this way,well,you will fail.Please take a glimpse on “World hold on” and the immediate next one:”I couldn’t sleep”.They seem to have been written by two absolutely different persons.I love her humbleness.She didn’t even claim to be a professinal writer,much less a great one.
    5)You wrote:
    [Perhaps someone has a great emotion about her achivements that makes him/her say something REALLY exaggeratedly. Do you hurt?]
    Absolutely NOT.But I fear we lose this golden opportunity of using what she really is in the dust of absurd assertions about what she really is not.
    Meanwhile,I also has the right to apply some rationality and constructive criticism about her achievements.Do anybody hurt?
    Further,who claimed “I AM THE JUDICIOUS WISDOM”?I am just trying to invite everybody to exploit their wisdom along with their emotions.
    6)You commented:
    […please don’t twit others’ weaknesses].
    Twit? Not at all.I just tried to take your attention to the plain truth that Aousheh,like all of us,is a human being with a collection of stengths(which you and other fair fans keep in your minds) and weaknesses(which I mentioned).Although I confess it might have seemed somewhat journalistic.

    OK,pal, that was a good debate and I enjoyed and learned a lot.
    However,now I bother you no more and don’t expect you to necessarily leave an answer to my comment.

    You know, I think your approach (asking some questions from Anousheh) might be more beneficial.Even if she doesn’t answer,they might make others to THINK more.I’ll try to act this way.
    Though my questions may be somewhat different.
    Critical? May be ;)

    God bless you and accept your prayers in this Ramazan,

    Kamran Derakhshani
    Tehran

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 9, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

  201. Thank you for the very personal account of the return to Earth. I found it quite interesting; yet at the same time perplexing. That is, as early as the 1960s astronauts were returning to Earth after spending even more time in a cramped capsule than you spent in the capsule AND space station. Yet, as far as I know, none of them experienced the severity of problems upon landing that you did. They were picked up at sea and then helicoptered to a nearby carrier and EASILY walked from the helicopter across the carrier deck and then went to the medical quarters for a checkup. Most of them then caught a flight later that day back to the mainland. The astronauts were sometimes tired, but not near as exhausted as you were. The shuttle astronauts do not have those problems either; they walk from the shuttle to a transport vehicle soon after landing. Interesting…….

    Comment by Scott — October 10, 2006 @ 1:01 am

  202. Anousheh:
    Your perspective has been enlightening, excititng and appreciated. You’ve ignited my imagination and I wish to thank you! Best wishes for health and happiness as you continue your earth bound journey!

    Sincerely,
    Sylvia Brade
    Canada

    Comment by Sylvia Brade — October 10, 2006 @ 1:18 am

  203. سلام به هموطنان عزیز و گرامی
    آیا می دانید اولین رن فضانورد غیرحرفه ای تاریخ چه کسی بود؟
    انوشه انصاری؟
    خیر، وی خانم هلن پاتریشیا شارمن از کشور انگلیس بود)اهل شیفیلد
    (Helen Patricia Sharman)
    که در حدود پانزده سال پیش به مدت هشت روز به همراه دو فضانورد شوروی سابق در ایستگاه فضایی میر (متعلق به شوروی) به سر برد.در سن بیست و هفت سالگی و دارای دکترای شیمی
    جریان این بود که در سال
    1989
    هنگام برگشتن از محل کار از رادیوی ماشین چنین آگهی را می شنود
    “فضانورد مورد نیاز است.تجربه لازم نیست”
    “تنها شرایط لازم: انگلیسی بودن،سن بیست و یک الی چهل، دارای سابقه علمی،توانایی یادگیری یک زبان خارجی و فیزیک بدنی مناسب”
    بدین ترتیب مسیر زندگی وی تفییر می کند و از بین سیزده هزار نفر داوطلب به عنوان اولین فضانورد انگلیسی انتخاب می شود.وی سپس به مدت هجده ماه در مرکز آموزش های فضانوردی یوری گاگارین در استارسیتی مسکو (همانجا که خانم انصاری آموزش دید) دوره آموزشی سختی را می گذراند.در نهایت در بهار سال
    1991
    توسط سفینه سایوز تی ام دوازده و به همراه دو فضانورد روسی به سمت ماموریت هشت روزه خود در ایستگاه فضایی میر پرواز می کند
    هزیته این سفر توسط گروهی از شرکت های خصوصی انگلیسی پرداخت شد
    وی دارای جوایز و افتخارات متعددی است و در سال
    1994
    کتابی را تحت عنوان “لحظه را دریاب” یا به قول خودمون “دم غنیمت شمار” را به رشته تحریر درآورده است
    حالا حدس بزنید اولین فضانورد مسلمان که بود؟
    انوشه انصاری؟ خیر!!!عبدل عادل موهمند از افغانستان! بله افغانستان
    جزییات در یادداشت بعدی

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 10, 2006 @ 3:32 am

  204. Hi Kamran;

    Thanks for your wishes, and for your informative comments. If I had any doubt before, I’m sure by now that you are playing the role of ‘Judicious Wisdom’ in this scenario. You took it to the way that dared to decide in place of God [God created paradise for whom that follow their wisdom,and hell for whom that follow their ego.] Who says the wisdom-followers would be gifted to live in heaven??? I don’t ever believe that, with only the pure wisdom, one is absolutely able to distinguish the correct way. I’m surprised how did you approach to faith: Have you believed in God using your wisdom? Did you get all answers about the Creation and the Resurrection Day? Don’t you think that the human’s innate is based on both wisdom and sensations in an EQUILIBRIAL way? How did you explain your flee to Imams in dangerous situations: with your wisdom??! I don’t believe it at all. But who knows? May be you are right! May be all those people who let their egos to guide them will end their lives into Hell. May be you have a rational approach to explain why we, Muslims, must do our religious acts in such special manners. May be you do love your relatives in a rational logic. But, the people (at least those whom I know) has a lot of moods and don’t approach EVERY matter rationally. And without this gifted endowment by God in conjunction with wisdom, I don’t think they could find the Salvation….

    By the way, Mrs. Ansari is not become an Idol, and I really got dissapointed to see this unfair deduction of what people wrote. Also, as already mentioned, I AM NOT HER FAN! And remember I’ve already told that SHE HAS WEAKNESSES LIKE ALL HUMANS BEINGB. But can not reject the greatness of her achievements, even though you try to trivialize her deeds (Hey, please don’t say you didn’t make them of less importance! It’s clear from your latest comment #203).

    Well, my friend, it came again long and boresome (which I didn’t want to be) and I guess it opened a new challenging arena for us, although may not bearable more by others and the Blog agent!

    Be your prays and fasts be accepted too.
    Regards, Farhad from Iran (a place in the United World)

    Comment by Farhad — October 10, 2006 @ 4:43 am

  205. It doesn’t make any difference if she is the first space tourist or not. What she has done was great and these statemnets does not reduce the importance.

    Comment by J — October 10, 2006 @ 10:57 am

  206. آقاي کامران :هنوز در مورد صحت اطلاعاتي که دادين تحقيق نکردم .اما با توجه به حسن نيت شما همين قدر کافيه که در مورد آنوشه اضافه کني
    ْاولين زن فزانورد مسلمان جهان
    اولين فزانورد ايراني اولين کسي که داستان سفر فزاييش را هر روز به زمين و براي همه گفت
    اولين فزانوردي که با قلبش داستانش را نوشت
    اولين انساني که شادي رسيدن به آرزوش را با همه تقسيم کرد
    و… شايد اولين های ديگه اي که بيانش اينجا لزومي نداره

    Comment by vahid — October 10, 2006 @ 11:23 am

  207. Dear Farhad

    1) Your point on the place of wisdom besides other things(emotions,inspirations,…) is somewhat weird.
    Who says we are just wisdom and nothing else? You seem to make a whole theory and then refute it yourself! Well done!
    Man,being just pure wisdom, is a machine,a supercomputer.

    The point is that,knowing that we(the human beings)are a complicated set of powerful resources(such as wisdom,feelings,emotions,instincts,faith,…plus many unknowns),which one should be the RULER?[in an EQUIBLIRIAL way?], impossible.Cause they are often contradictory.For ex. right now your passion is lashing you to suffocate me! (joking!), but your wisdom controls you and so you are trying to answer me reasonably .
    I think you are doing what you reject!
    If you prefer religion-based reasoning,just browse Holy Quran.
    Who are admired and annunciated therein? Owners of emotions?instincts?love?passion?…etc.?NO,but owners of wisdom(Olol’albab).

    2)You wrote:
    [ Mrs. Ansari is not become[ing] an idol]. Really?
    OK let’s help her to not become one.Let’s clarify what we mean by [the greatness of her achievements] and what we don’t mean.

    3) You claimed:
    [ you try to trivialize her deeds]
    No, I just try to put her and her successes at the right place.
    Why should we (and they) insist on tagging her “THE FIRST FEMALE PRIVATE SPACE EXPLORER” while she is NOT?

    4) My comment #203 is the first of a series titled:
    “ANOUSHEH ANSARI,WHAT SHE IS AND WHAT SHE IS NOT”
    Please wait a little,and then you might take a more reasonable stand (less passionate).

    P.S. Right today I noticed this title on the cover of some magazine in some newsstand here in Tehran:
    “Anousheh’s notes in[from] the galaxy”!!!
    Laughing? Why? This is the product of OBEYING everything except wisdom.
    From some viewpoint,it is right.All things around us,you,me,Anousheh,the Earth,the solar system,the visible stars,…lie in the Milky Way Galaxy!!!

    Kamran Derakhshani
    Tehran

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 10, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

  208. با عرض سلام به تمام فارسی زبانان دنیا
    اولین فضانورد مسلمان دنیا سرهنگ عادل عبدل موهمند، خلبان نیروی هوایی افغانستان است.ه
    وی در تابستان سال
    1988
    حدود هجده سال پیش، به همراه دو فضانورد روسی توسط سفینه سویوز تی ام شش به طرف ایستگاه فضایی میر ،متعلق به شوروی سابق،پرواز کرد و مدت نه روز را در آنجا گذراند.ه
    وی فارغ التحصیل آکادمی نیروی هوایی افغانستان است و سالها بعد به آلمان پنامنده شد و فعلا به همراه خانواده خود در شهر اشتوتگارت آلمان زندگی می کند.ه
    برای اطلاعات بیشتر به سایتهای زیر مراجعه فرمایید:ه
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Ahad_Mohmand
    www.afghanland.com/history/spaceafghan.html
    www.afghan-network.net/Culture/afghanastronaut.htm

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 10, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

  209. thank you for sharing your experience … i write from peru

    Comment by from peru — October 10, 2006 @ 3:41 pm

  210. 6. Comment by Tourang — October 5, 2006 @ 5:31 pm
    Dear Tourang, The fresh air that came into the capsule smelled like dirt/earth after rain… sort of an earthy smell… I guess it is harder for me to describe earth smell than space smell J

    10. Comment by Ann — October 5, 2006 @ 5:38 pm
    Thanks Ann… I’m doing much better and just recovering from a few minor burses.

    12.Comment by Karinak kropilnicki — October 5, 2006 @ 5:42 pm
    Dear Karina, I will try to write a few more entries to answer some of your questions. I will wait until I get my video and pictures from the Russian Space agency and I will then share it with you and narrate it.

    14.Comment by Rene Marinus — October 5, 2006 @ 5:46 pm
    Rene, good question… they have a few things that astronauts and cosmonauts use to prepare themselves for being back in gravity. Based on what I experienced, I think it would be a very difficult task. It may take a few tries for someone to spend a few hours on the Martian surface, without having to perform a lot of activities, to just get adjusted to the environment and then after their body is ready, they could perform an EVA. However, overall I think we should work on better propulsion and technology for travel to Mars and beyond to cut down the travel time. There are many more challenges like loss of muscle mass and radiation issues that are of great concern for long space trips.

    15. Comment by vahid — October 5, 2006 @ 5:58 pm
    Dear Vahid, I am blessed to have Hamid as my huband and hope that he would be a role model for all the husbands in the world ;)

    19. Comment by samaneh — October 5, 2006 @ 6:32 pm
    Samaneh Aziz, Ehtiyaji nist keh aval bashi keh man neveshtehayat ra bekhoonam. Man ham hes mikonam keh kheyli az shomaha ra mishnasam. Merci az inkeh be Blog man sar mizani J

    20. Comment by Ateen - Plano, Tx — October 5, 2006 @ 6:34 pm
    Dear Ateen, I’m sorry to keep you hungry… Good question about digestion. I was told tha digestion system does not work as well in space. Swallowing was not that different to me since you usually use your tongue and the movement in your throat to guide the food down. I will try to find out more scientific information on the subject…

    27. Comment by Kenneth Rellum — October 5, 2006 @ 7:00 pm
    Dear Kenneth, Wow! I’m honored J

    28. Comment by samaneh — October 5, 2006 @ 7:10 pm
    Dear Samaneh… I know what you mean… It is the most freeing experience you can have… the closest thing to being in heaven…

    31 Comment by Muinde Kithome — October 5, 2006 @ 7:16 pm
    Dear Muinde, I never do things to be first… I do it because I want to do it and do it well. I have been trying to find out why I’m getting the kind of response that I’m getting. I agree with you, I think I just naturally shared my experience thinking it is nothing new… but apparently, not many peple have shared the human side of spaceflight before. I’m glad that I was able to provide a new perspective on this wonderful experience.

    33. Comment by Jason D. A. - USA — October 5, 2006 @ 7:38 pm
    Dear Jason, your entry put a big smile on my face… I will look forward to reading your entries from space soon…

    36. Comment by تینا تیماج چی — October 5, 2006 @ 7:53 pm
    Tina aziz, as ashanyo ba yek famileh door khoshhalam J

    37. Comment by Chuck Christian — October 5, 2006 @ 7:53 pm
    Dear Chuck, I do hope so… most people on both sides hope so too…

    41. Comment by Ali — October 5, 2006 @ 8:30 pm
    Dear Ali, I have answered this question in one of my comments… The link used for the video footage was the open UHF communication channel used for normal ISS communication. The Only language that can be used on this channel is English and Russian. That’s why I could not speak in Farsi.

    42.Comment by Nicole H. — October 5, 2006 @ 8:34 pm
    Dear Nicole, I learned a lot up there and I will be going to different schools to share what I learned. Tell me which school you go to and I will try to make it there so we can meet in person.

    47. Comment by Dave Hromanik — October 5, 2006 @ 9:19 pm
    Dear Dave, I wondered the same thing… I think there is some merit to this theory ;-)

    49. Comment by amir khosravi from kermanshah — October 5, 2006 @ 9:58 pm
    Dear Amir, I’m so happy that my writings are a source of inspiration to you… Know that I will be thinking of you and giving you positive thoughts and energy for overcoming any obstacle in life….

    Comment by Anousheh — October 10, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

  211. To Vahid (comment #206)
    هموطن عزیز، جناب وحید
    اجازه بدهید دقیقتر بگوییم:ه
    اولین زن فضانورد آماتور مسلمان جهان
    اولین زن فضانورد آماتور ایرانی

    این کلمه آماتور در مقابل حرفه ای است. یعنی کسی که شغلش و تخصصش این نیست.نه دارای مدرک آکادمیک دانشگاهی یا نظامی در این مورد است،مثلا هوانوردی یا فضانوردی و غیره، و نه سالها در یکی از سازمان های فضایی دنیا ، مانند ناسا،آژانس فضایی روسیه،آژانس فضایی اروپا،آژانس فضایی ژاپن و غیره مشغول به کار بوده و در نهایت از بین دهها فضانورد حرفه ای آماده و با در نظر گرفتن معیارهای تخصصی ویژه و برای ماموریتی خاص در نظر گرفته شده است.ه
    در مورد عنوان های عریض و طویل بعدی … موافقم.ه

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 10, 2006 @ 7:19 pm

  212. Dear Anousheh
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us. You are amazing. As a member of Iranian professional association in South Florida, I would like to invite you as speaker for our association to share your experience and thoughts with us. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

    Comment by Safieh Javid — October 10, 2006 @ 10:36 pm

  213. سلام دوست خوب کامران عزیز
    خانم انصاری اولین زن توریست فضانورد ایرانی مسلمان هستند و هیچ شکی در ان نیست واین که گفتید اولین زن که به صورت غیر حرفه ای به فضا رفتند و انگلیسی بودند را با ذکر دلیل و مدرک بفرمایید چون در این مطلب شک وجود دارد ضمنا خانم انصاری چرا دیگه مطلب فارسی نمی نویسی مطالبتون خیلی جالب بود اگه فارسی هم بنویسید تا همه ایرانیها بتونن استفاده کنند خیلی بهتره وحتی نظرات هم خیلی جالب بود کلی به معلومات ادم اضافه می شود ضمنا دوستان عزیز ایرانی تا جاییکه امکان داره از خط زیبا و کهن فارسی استفاده کنید…. با تشکر

    Comment by حمید - د از یزد — October 11, 2006 @ 2:17 am

  214. anousheh joon
    nemidunam ehsasatam ro che joor bayan konam
    ama dar yek jomle migam ke to mahshr hasti!!
    rastesh man ta be hal dar morede safar be mah ziad fekr nakarde budam vali dar morede royaham kheili!!va inke aya mitunam be ounha beresam ya na.ama to neshun dadi ke ensan mitune be tamamy e arezuhash berese tanha va tanha agar erade kone va man ham motmaen shodam mitunam jayezeye nobel dar biology ra begiram tanha vatanha agar bekham!!;)
    ghorbane to
    Zohreh
    Shiraz

    Comment by Zohreh — October 11, 2006 @ 6:51 am

  215. Dear Kamran
    درسته که خانم انصاري تحصيلات آکادميک خودشون را در زمينه فزانوردي کامل نکردن اما لطفا توجه کنيد که بسياري از اکتشافات علمي بخصوص در زمينه فضايي و نجوم حاصل تلاش آماتورها بوده و فقط کافيه کمي در مورد جوايز نوبل در زمينه نجوم تحقيق کنيد هر چند به اعتقاد من آنوشه اگر خيلي حرفه اي نبود اصلا شبيه به آماتورها عمل نکرد و اين را ميتوان از برخورد رسانه هاي خارجي و موسسات فضائي با ايشان فهميد…به هر حال ممنونم که اين مسائل را به فارسي مينويسي!
    من که خيلي ها را ميشناسم که تحصيلات آکادميک در زمينه مورد علاقشون ندارند اما بهتر و موثرتر عمل ميکنند،شما سراغ نداريد؟

    Comment by vahid — October 11, 2006 @ 7:08 am

  216. سلام انوشه جان
    من و همه ايروني ها به شما افتخار ميكنيم
    شما به همه ما مخصوصا جوونا درس بزرگي دادين كه هيچ چيز غير ممكن وجود نداره.
    من اميدوارم يه روز شما رو توي ايران ببينم كه دارين واسه ما پشت تريبون صحبت ميكنيد و به ما جوونا انرژي ميدين
    باور كنيد جووناي ايراني خيلي به صحبتاي شما نياز دارن و خيلي ديدن شما روشون تاثير ميزاره
    متاسفانه شرايط تا حدي در ايران سخت هست كه همه روياهاي دوران كودكي رو فراموش كردن و فقط پيدا كردن يك كار با حقوق بخور و نمير واسه يك جوون ايراني بصورت رويا در آمده كه خيلي ها هم بهش نميرسن
    بيان اينجا و بهشون بگين كه واقعا ميشه
    باور كنيد آمدن شما ميتونه سرنوشت خيلي ها رو عوض كنه.سرنوشت كساني كه به آخر خط رسيدن و ديگه فكرشون كار نميكنه
    واسه شما و خونوادتون آرزوي شادي موفقيت و سلامتي دارم
    اميرحسين از شاهرود
    ****************
    تجسم كن
    دگرگون كن
    الهام بخش
    ****************

    Comment by اميرحسين — October 11, 2006 @ 7:51 am

  217. دوست عزیز،حمید-د از یزد،قلب ایران

    از دقت نظر شما بسیار خوشحالم.
    من در یادداشت فارسی خودم نام آن خانم را به انگلیسی نوشتم تا خودتون در اینترنت،مثلا در گوگل، دنبالش بگردید.
    با این حال تقدیم می شود:ه

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/18/newsid_2380000/2380649.stm

    http://www.made-in-sheffield.com/People/helenSharman.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Sharman

    http://www.spacefacts.de/bios/international/english/sharman_helen.htm

    گوگل 33،700 لینک در مورد این خانم میده

    ضمنا این مسئله حتی ذره ای از ارزش کار انوشه نازنین کم نمی کنه، فقط واقعی ترش می کنه

    با درود

    کامران درخشانی

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 11, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

  218. Dear Vahid (comment #215)

    با کمال تواضع عرض می کنم از آنجایی که من حقیر یک فیزیکدان هستم در مورد تاریخ جایزه نوبل فیزیک اطلاعات کافی دارم.ه
    در بین برندگان جایزه نوبل فیزیک تا این لحظه حتی یک فیزیکدان یا منجم آماتور وجود نداشته. حتما می دونید که نجوم جایزه نوبل مجزا نداره و جزء فیزیک به حساب میاد.جایزه نوبل فیزیک در زمینه های
    مرتبط با نجوم تاکنون به اخترفیزیکدان ها و منجمین بسیار استثنایی و نخبه داده شده.اتفافا همین امسال به دو اخترفیزیکدان و کیهانشناس آمریکایی داده شد.البته امیدواریم روزی شاهد اعطای جایزه نوبل فیزیک به خانم انوشه انصاری نیز باشیم.از ایشان بعید نیست.حتما میدونید که ایشان دانشجوی اینترنتی(یعنی غیرحضوری) سال اول فوق لیسانس نجوم در دانشگاه سویینبورن استرالیا نیز هستند.ه

    من خودم زمانی یک منجم آماتور بودم و به ارزش کار آماتورها در پیشرفت علوم و تکنولوژی آگاهم.ه

    منظور من این بود که خانم انصاری،وهر کس دیگری را به آنچه بستاییم که واقعا هست وگرنه گمراه خواهیم شد.ه

    مثلا یک اشتباه دیگه ای که من دارم می بینم اینه که بعضی فکر می کنند بنیاد
    X Prize
    توسط ایشان تأسیس شده در صورتی که این بنیاد سال ها پیش به ابتکار آقای دکتر
    Peter Diamandis
    در جهت جذب جایزه گذاران برای پیشرفت در مرزهای علوم و تکنولوژی تأسیس شده.اما تاکنون جالب ترین و گرانترین جایزه در سال
    1994
    توسط خانم انصاری و برادر همسرشان به این بنیاد اهدا شده: ده میلیون دلار برای طراحی و ساخت سفینه کوچکی با ظرفیت 3 نفر که بتواند به مرز رسمی فضا برسد و قابل استفاده مجدد نیز باشد.ضمنا مرز رسمی فضا ارتفاع صد کیلومتری است. این جایزه در همان سال بطور مشترک توسط دو شرکت آمریکایی دریافت شد.ه

    من همه این اطلاعات را از اینترنت گرفتم. شما هم میتونیده

    در مورد فارسی نوشتن، به زودی ورژن انگلیسی مطالب مذکور به طور مرتب تر و منسجم تر تقدیم خواهد شد.ه

    درود

    کامران درخشانی
    تهران

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 11, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

  219. سلام کامران عزیز
    باکسب اجازه از خانم انوشه گرامی که از این قسمت برای نظر نویسی و پاسخ به اقای درخشانی عزیز استفاده میکنم
    اولا از آشنایی با شما خوشوقتم و تشکر میکنم که اطلاعات خوبی در اختیارمون گذاشتی من سر فرصت همه لینکها را نگاه میکنم حتما .. راستش من منظورم این نبود که شما از ارزش خانم انوشه کم کردی بلکه کنجکاو شدم بیشتر اطلاعات کسب کنم که شما هم این لطف را کردی و به قول خودت در حقیقت واقعی ترش کردی و ازت یک دنیا ممنون خانم انصاری که
    روی چشم همه مرم عزیز ایران جای دارند وباعث افتخار همه هستند
    ضمنا از دقت و حسن نظر و مطالعه خوب شما باید تشکر کرد

    Comment by حمید - د از یزد — October 12, 2006 @ 2:48 am

  220. خانم انصاری شما باعث افتخار ما هستید
    امیدوارم همیشه افتخار آفرین و موفق باشید.

    Comment by Mania — October 12, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

  221. Dear Mr.Kamran
    از اينکه در کمال تواضع خودتان را يک “فيزيکدان” معرفي نموديد بسيار شگفت زده و خوشنودم اما اگر انسان فروتني نبوديد و تواضع به خرج نميداديد خود را چگونه معرفي مينموديد!من فوق دکتراي فيزيکي را ميشناسم که هنوز خود را دانشجو ميداند ممکن است به بنده حقير يادآوري بفرمائيد که شما کدام نظريه يا تئوري را در زمينه علم فيزيک بيان فرمودين که يک فيزيکدان هستيد!؟

    اما بنده در نوشته قبلي توضيح دادم که آماتورها در بسياري از اکتشافات نجومي نقش داشته اند و فقط کافيست شما (و دوستان علاقمند) به تحقيق در اين زمينه (مثلا )جوايز نوبل بپردازيد و مقالات و توضيحات کسانيکه اين جوايز را دريافت کرده اند مطالعه نمائيد تا از نقش بسيار موثر آماتورها آگاه شويد . لازم به ذکر است که حتي جوايزي براي ستاره شناسان آماتور وجود دارد مثلا

    http://www.waa.av.org/Blair_recip_99.html

    آقاي کامران عزيز من فکر ميکنم دادن اطلاعات نبايد بر ارزش کار خانم انصاري تاثير منفي داشته باشد و مقايسه ايشان با فلان فضانورد بيشتر به بيان طنز شبيه است تا اطلاع رساني! به هر حال من خوشحالم که شما در اين جمع حضور داريد و ما را آگاه مينمائيد به قول شاعر
    من فيزيکدان نيستم اما فيزيکدان ها را دوست دارم :)

    Comment by vahid — October 13, 2006 @ 9:00 pm

  222. Dear anousheh,i am a girl of 21 from tabriz,iran.Behetun tabrik migam. Shoma baese eftekheare keshvaremun shodin.I and every one in iran and even in world appreciate you

    God be with you.
    NEDA

    Comment by neda — October 14, 2006 @ 8:09 am

  223. ***** usefull for Iranian critics :

    توصيه به دوستان فارسی زبان که هنوز با اهداف خانم انصاري آشنا نيستند و تذکرها و موعظه هاي تکراري ميفرمايند.لطفا با شخصيت واهداف خانوم انصاري بيشتر آشنا شويد پيش از نوشتن در اين وبلاگ
    http://anoushehansari.com/persian/

    Comment by vahid — October 14, 2006 @ 8:18 am

  224. I wanted to see what did you do, it’s sooo interesting!
    Anoushe I really love you! and i want to be like you if i can,but I know I CAN!!

    Comment by mandana — October 14, 2006 @ 9:22 pm

  225. سلام
    از اينكه در رسيدن به آرزوي خود چنين كوشا بوديد به شما تبريك مي گويم و خوشحالم كه يك ايراني توانسته است با پشتكار خود الگويي براي هموطنان خود باشد.

    Comment by mehdi — October 15, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

  226. MERCI ANOUSHEH JAN
    Thanks for sharing all those wonderful moments with us.
    You are in our heart for ever.
    happy second birthday to you.
    Shabnam

    Comment by shabnam — October 16, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

  227. THANKS FOR THE BEAUTIFUL NARATION OF YOUR EXPERIENCE

    Comment by A wonderfull experince to go through your experince as if we are also apart of that journey. Thanks for the beautiful naration...Abraham. k.g. — October 19, 2006 @ 4:23 am

  228. سلام…
    خانم انصاری موفقیت شما همانند موفقیت های سایر ایرانیان توانمند و کوشا در سراسر دنیا مایه ی سر بلندی و افتخار و التیام زخم های کهنه ی ایران عزیز می باشد
    می توانیم مصمم تر از همیشه به این بیندیشیم که مثل سایر افتخار آفرینان سرزمین آریاییم تلاش و همت و اراده ای داشته باشیم که خود نیز در سر بلندی این خاک عزیز سهیم باشیم…بیشتر ازآنچه که در توان بیان تعارفات و جملات کلیشه ای می باشد مایه ی افتخار من و تمام هم میهنان عزیزمون هستین …
    از خدا برای شما و خانواده ی گرامی شما موفقیت و سعادت بیش از پیش خواستارم…
    با تشکر امیر مهبود

    Comment by امیر مهبود — October 20, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

  229. :سلام به انوشه انصاری و همه دوستان که این متون را میخوانند
    انوشه جان به همه ما انرژی داده که اگه میزان انرژی را به آدمهایی که اونو دریافت کردند تقسیم کنیم میبینیم که خیلی با ارزش تر از پولی است که پرداخت شده است
    انوشه میلیاردها دلار انرژی را با 25 میلیون دلار عوض کرده این بده؟
    حالا باید دید ما با این همه انرژی چه میکنیم
    همه ما باید عکس انوشه را به عنوان زمینه مانیتور خود انتخاب کنیم تا همیشه یادمون باشه که چه تصمیمی گرفتیم و همیشه برای رسیدن به آن تلاش کنیم
    اگه شما هم موافق هستید بگید
    به امید موفقیت بیشتر برای انوشه و همه کسانی که ار الان تصمیمات بزرگی گرفتند
    …….
    مسعود دهمحسنی
    لوس آنجلس

    Comment by Masoud Dehmohseni — October 22, 2006 @ 7:38 pm

  230. anoushe aziz
    salam,goftam farsi benvisam shayad behtar betonam harfamo bezanam
    man baraye shoma kheili comment gozashtam,be onvane yek ham shahri az mashad azatoon khahesh kardam mano nejat bedid..bavar konin ba donyayi az moshkelat dasto panje narm mikonam…shoma fek konin man baradare koochike shoma too mashad hastam…mitoonin pedaro madaro khaharamo hamaro ba ham be man bar gardoonin…vase khatere khoda..emam reza ..bi javab nazarin..man har chi goftam haghgighate…toro khoda….in yek karo faghat vase khatere khoda bokonin…faghat vase khatere on motmaen bashid khoshal mishe…

    merc…..mohammad az mashad

    Comment by mohammad from mashad — October 24, 2006 @ 7:25 am

  231. International University of Iran (IUI) - a non-profit institution of higher education organized by the Iranian Expatriates 1n 2001 invites you to join its Board.
    Best Wishes,
    Alireza Rabi, PhD
    IUI

    Comment by Ali R. Rabi — October 24, 2006 @ 7:55 pm

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Training as Backup
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Price of a Dream
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My Favorite Things!
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Rendez-Vous at X Prize Cup
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The Day Has Come
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Email from Space!
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Hello World
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Atlantis from Orbit
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The Trip Up
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Space Travel Details September 25

Close Quarters
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Watching the world go by
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Thank God for Velcro
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On leaving Orbit
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The wave from space
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The Ride Down
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World Hold On
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I couldn’t sleep
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Second Birth
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Back in the World
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Goodbye Star City / My Speech
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Wonderful ride
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