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October 20, 2006

Goodbye Star City / My Speech

by Anousheh @ 6:44 pm

Today the ending of one of the best chapters of my life was being written. I flew to Moscow on the 16th of October and arrived on the 17th. It was a difficult trip for me because I had to leave my grandmother who wasn’t feeling well to go on this trip. I was nervous the entire flight and Hamid who was accompanying me kept talking to me and trying to calm me down. The reason for my trip was to attend the official welcome back ceremony. Because of my request, the Russian Space Agency had broken tradition to accommodate my schedule and was holding this event two days earlier, so I could not miss it.

I had participated as an observer in the ceremony held for Expedition 12 crew members and Marcos Pontes, the Brazilian astronaut. I remember I was very excited because the morning of the ceremony, I had been able to catch Marcos Pontes, Bill McArthur, and Valery Tokorev outside of the dormitory and take a picture with them.

I knew every step of the ceremony. First the astronauts and cosmonauts being honored would be taken to the huge Gagarin monument in the middle of Star City, where a military band plays a march as they place flowers at the foot of the statue.

Then they would walk down the big corridor that leads to the House of Cosmonauts, which is the big community center in Star City that houses the Gagarin museum. People, photographers and journalists gather at the statue and follow them to the main attraction — the welcome back speech at the Auditorium.

At the ceremony, the crew is presented with awards and gifts from representatives and the head of the Space Agency, Air Force, Search and Rescue Team, the Prime contractor and General Design company, etc… Each person comes up to the stage and says a few words about the success of the mission and lessons learned, and then presents their gifts. At the end, each of the three crew members are given an opportunity to speak.

I had written my speech in English and had asked a Russian professor in Dallas to translate it for me. I wanted to deliver my speech in Russian because I knew how much the people in Star City would appreciate it. I knew my pronunciation would be less than desirable and it would make it hard for people to understand me but I knew they just wanted to see me make an effort.

I was hoping that I would get a few days to practice the speech, but with everything that was happening around me, I only got the speech done the day before my flight and practiced it a few times on the plane ride to Moscow. During my practice runs on the plane, I struggled with pronouncing many of the words… I was starting to think I should just stick with English and print the Russian version and distribute it to the audience…

The plane ride was long and I could not sleep at all. As we were approaching Moscow, my anxiety was increasing by the minute. We finally landed and after a long wait through customs, we were on our way to Star City. I had arranged a party that evening for all my instructors, trainers, and everyone who had helped me in one way or another during my training time there. I also had a couple of press interviews right before the party, and my schedule was packed for the next two days. We drove through the usual traffic and finally arrived in Star City around 3:00 pm.

It felt strange to be back there. Driving down the road where I used to walk everyday to class reminded me of the happy days I had there. It was hard for me to believe that I had already gone to space and now I was back in Star City as a Cosmonaut. It all seemed like yesterday but at the same time it felt like a distant memory.

For a moment I wished that it was February 2006 and that I was just starting my life in Star City. I had enjoyed every single moment of my journey and I remembered my first day there. I flew there with my husband Hamid, my brother in law Amir and Peter Diamandis, whom you know as the chairman of X Prize Foundation. It was early January, and before I had decided to train there. We were all excited but Peter and I were extra excited. We looked like kids in a candy store and were just trying to take it all in. I remembered Peter telling me, “Anousheh, if you decide to train, enjoy every second of it, don’t just think about the flight, enjoy the entire experience…”

And I had done just that. I appreciated the beautiful but cold winter there… I listened to music while watching the tall snow-covered evergreens lining the street of star City… I enjoyed learning about the International Space Station (ISS) and the Soyuz capsule… I enjoyed making new friends and learning a new language… I enjoyed breathing the same air as the astronauts and cosmonauts were breathing and sitting next to them in the cafeteria and listening to their stories…

I enjoyed living a simple life. Life seemed to be less complicated and all the small things that you usually worry about at home were not important anymore. At home I would drive to three different places to make sure I would get the right products that I liked for breakfast or for my hair. Here in Star City, I could not buy any of them and I learned that I can manage without a lot of things… even hot water. Having hot water was hit or miss, so every morning that I would wake up and have clean hot water in the shower, it was a good day for me.

I started paying attention and enjoying my surroundings more… In Dallas, I would drive a car everywhere but here I had a choice between walking or riding a bike. I walked most of the time and enjoyed watching the change of seasons. I watched as the snow started to slowly melt and the trees started to grow new leaves. I watched as the ice on the lake in front of my dormitory started to melt and people came for fishing. I watched as the tulips started growing in the gardens and butterflies started flying… I watched as life was starting again and I noticed how much I enjoyed being so close to nature.

In Dallas spring would come and ago and I would hardly notice any of its beauty. In cities, we are surrounded by glass, plastic, and steel and we start living an artificial life without any appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us. We become isolated and detached from our environment… Being so close to nature and being able to see it, smell it and touch it gave me a great sense of joy.

The spring was followed by a hot but short summer. I learned to balance the opening of windows to get some cool air, with the attack of the mosquitoes. Most of the buildings in Star City are very old and do not have air conditioning. In Dallas, I never even thought about AC. It is always there. But here, if I walked into a classroom that happened to have a small AC hanging by the window, I would consider that day a lucky day J

Even more interesting to me was the fact that none of these things bothered me. If I was back in Dallas and had to be in a non air-conditioned room, I would probably complain for days but here it seemed okay… I was there for a much more important mission and everything else seemed unimportant to me. Life was simple!

As the summer was coming to an end, I was ready to go home and see my family. I knew that the training was coming to an end and I was making a list and planning for things that I wanted to accomplish on my flight in 2008. Since I had my trip to look forward to, I was not sad and I just wanted to go home and start planning my trip. And then… all of a sudden… my life changed… and before I knew it, I was flying to ISS.

Now that I was back in Star City, I felt lost… I didn’t know where I belonged… Life was going on as usual… the instructors were preparing and presenting their material to the new trainees, and astronauts and cosmonauts were going from one classroom to the next… I felt disconnected from it all and I missed it really badly… It was like graduating from college and coming back for a visit. Everything looked familiar but at the same time different… You see students walking by and life on campus going on as usual but you are no longer part of it and you wish hard that you were. It is almost a painful feeling.

All these memories flashed back in my head as I was approaching the dormitory. We were staying there for the nighAs we walked in with our suitcases, Jeff Williams walked in and told me he was going up to NASA office for a video link with the Expedition 14 crew onboard ISS and invited me to join them… I was so happy… I dropped my suitcase there and ran to the 2nd floor. Pavel was already there and the video link was up. Mike L.A. and Thomas Reiter were already there and Misha Tyurin joined them later.

It felt sooooo good talking to them. I missed being there so much and just seeing them, floating in front of the camera and talking about life onboard the station, made me feel part of the crew again… Mike asked me about my interview with Oprah. He had heard about it but had not seen it. Then he asked me if my trip seemed real or just like a dream. I told him it felt like a dream and he seemed to understand the feeling. I guess even for professional astronauts, their time in space is dreamlike and surreal… I told them that I really missed them and Mike said, jokingly, “Well, come back with Peggy!” I said “I wish I could! but Hamid told me I have to work hard to make money for my next trip” — J Before we knew it, the time was up and the video link ended. It felt so good to talk to them and it energized me… I went downstairs to my room with a big smile to prepare for my interview.

After the interview, I went to the cafeteria where everyone was gathering for the party I had arranged. I was all smiles again… Seeing everyone made me feel at home. They were all glad to see me again as well. I had prepared them a DVD with pictures from my time in Star City, all the way to launch and landing, and some more souvenirs…

They also brought me gifts and souvenirs to take home. One was a beautiful traditional scarf, from the lady doctors and nurses, that I wore the next day to the ceremony. My Russian instructor gave me a magazine that had my picture on the cover with the title “the New Star.” Everyone was so sweet and appreciative. I told them all that this is not goodbye and that I would be back in March for Expedition 14’s landing and would see them again. I returned to my room around 9 pm and had to stay up for another interview at 11:45 pm. I was exhausted… it had almost been 32 hours without sleep.

The next morning I had another interview and the official flight debrief. This is the meeting when they review all the comments and suggestions that they had gathered post-flight, during the quarantine. Around 1:30 pm we all gathered in the lobby of the dormitory where I was staying and prepared to go to the ceremony. I had very little time to practice my speech but I decided to give it a try and to do my speech in Russian.

Just like the previous crews, we went to the Gagarin monument first. There were so many people there and again I kept remembering myself in the audience trying to sneak a few pictures as Expedition 12 crew was placing flowers at the foot of the Gagarin statue. As we started marching toward the auditorium, people cheered for us and waved. It was a beautiful day, a little chilly but not too bad…

We went through the back door and sat at a table on the stage. The auditorium was 80 percent full, which was more than the last time I was there. Behind us was my favorite picture of Yuri Gagarin, the one with him and the Dove in his hand. I remembered seating in the audience, six month before that, and thinking to myself, one day I would be on that stage and would be talking about my experience and thanking everyone for their support. Today was that day and it all seemed to happen so fast…

Just like the ceremony I attended before, one by one the heads of different agencies came to the stage and congratulated us. What surprised me was all the kind words that they specially said about me. They called me part of the crew and a very courageous individual. They even presented me with a several medals. I was so touched… one of them even said that I had inspired women in Russia and that they now have a woman candidate in the program.

It made me very happy not only to hear that women are more interested in entering the cosmonaut corps, but also to realize that I had changed the views of the people in charge about women being part the program and it felt really good…

By the time all the speakers finished, we each had a mountain of flowers and many boxes of medals, pictures, and other souvenirs in front of us. After Pavel and Jeff delivered their speech, it was my turn. I was the last one to speak… I was nervous and my voice was trembling a little. I was very emotional too and that made it even more difficult for me to read the speech. I delivered the speech as best as I could and I could tell I was reaching the audience, since they would interrupt me with their applause.

When I got to the last paragraph, I choked up and barely finished my speech, everyone applauded and I knew they were touched by what I had to say and by the fact that I tried to say it in Russian. Everyone congratulated me later on the speech. I have the original speech in a separate entry if you are interested to read it… What was also interesting was the fact that a few other astronauts came to me and told me they shared my sentiments. They too felt that Star City was a very special place and were very sad when they were leaving…

As I had said in my speech… today I’m leaving and in my heart I have a special place for three countries… Iran the country where I was born and raised, America the country that gave me the opportunity to educate myself and to succeed, and Russia the country that made my dream come true…

Goodbye Star City, the city of dreamers…

I will be signing off and with this entry closing my Space Flight Chapter of this blog…

I will continue reading your comments and answering your questions in the near future…

With my best wishes for all of you who have been reading and commenting on this blog…

Dream! Dream Big! Dream the impossible! And make it come true…

I look forward to reading your inspiring stories in the future…

Anousheh

… my speech in Star City + photos —>

I came to this country with a big dream in my heart… the dream to fly to space. I entered Star City on a snowy February day and did not know what to expect. I was afraid that people here will not be ready for a civilian woman to enter the training program… I was afraid that I would be mistreated and ignored… what happened however, was totally the opposite. Even though I was a back-up, everyone treated me as a member of the crew. They always treated me with respect and dignity and never, for a moment, made me feel uncomfortable or unwelcome…

Even though I don’t speak Russian, I quickly felt at home here, with the culture being so close to the culture of my country of birth, Iran, the hospitality, the friendliness, the love for sharing everything with friends… It also helped to hear all these familiar words that I considered Iranian, used in Russian language, things like Samavar, sheshbesh, kishmesh, chamadan, eshkaf, shashlik, etc…

Here, I have made great friends… people whom I will remember for the rest of my life… Everyone from Roscosmos, GCTC, TsUP, Energia, the Search and Rescue Team, all my instructors, trainers, and interpreters, all the doctors. I don’t know how to thank you. Without you I would have not been able to fulfill my dream.

Thank you to Space Adventures for making it possible for me to be here. Everyone at the NASA office and ESA office… thank you for all your help and support… All the Astronauts and Cosmonauts who shared their experience with me and helped me get through the training and prepare me for my trip… thank you… I have never seen so many good people gathered in one location…

I have a big debt of gratitude to Mike LA and Mikhail Tyurin for being such good friends and for taking me beyond my dreams and also to Pavel Vinogradov and Jeffrey Williams for returning me safe and sound to my family…

When I came here, I called two countries my home… Iran, the country I was born in and grew up in, and United States, the country that gave me the opportunity to educate myself and to succeed. However, I’m leaving here tomorrow with three countries in my heart, the third country being Russia for being the country that made my dream come true…

Star City

Star City 2

with Hamid

Star city 3

Star City 4

lunch

lake

sleeping quarters

living room

Gagarin bouquets

spring

spring 2

121 Comments

  1. Fantastic! Will be waiting for the next chapter!

    Cheers,
    Oshma

    Comment by Oshma Alian — October 20, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

  2. i have same dream as you had , i wanted to go to the space when i was a child , but i am happy some one from my blood went there which i know her language so well and simple , i am an inventor in usa i invent 50 invention so far , i am 39 years old and i proud of you did such a amazing action , i am a advanture person like you are , and i am happy for you ,i made a big poster of your beautiful face sevral picture in one huge poster and i hang it on my office every customer walks in they ask me is that you? i say no , they say becouse she is just look like you , and it makes me smile , any way , wish you the best my dear

    Comment by bita — October 20, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

  3. سلام انوشه جون
    خیلی خوشحالم که به روز کردی وبلاگت رو
    ماشاا..چقدر هم پر محتوا بود
    این چند روز خیلی دلم برای مطالبت تنگ شده بود
    واقعآ عادت کردم… انگلیسی ام زیاد فول نیست
    ولی تا یه اندازه میفهمم بقیه رو هم از دیکشنری کمک میگیرم
    تو بارسیدن به آرزوت به خیلی های دیگه امید دادی
    بهشون فهموندی که اگه برای رسیدن به هدفشون تلاش کنند
    وسختیها رو پشت سر بزارن حتمآ به آرزوشون میرسن
    مثل تو که به راحتی به آرزوت نرسیدی و خیلی تلاش کردی
    باز هم ازت تشکر میکنم
    موفق باشی
    Fatemeh

    Comment by fatemeh — October 20, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

  4. Hi Anousheh

    Firstly, I’m sure I write on behalf of all contributors to the blog in wishing your graendmother well.

    What a fitting posting to end to a most remarkable and memorable story. You’ve achieved a seemingly impossible dream, shared the experience with so many others in the most personal and vivid way imaginable, and there’s no doubt many will draw the inspiration and courage from your story, which you had hoped.

    I can understand that you need to bring the blog to a conclusion at this point, but I do hope you find the time to answer the questions which will no doubt appear here over the day and weeks ahead.

    So many of us will be watching for developments with your other space related plans, and I hope you will keep the world in touch with these, as they evolve.

    With thanks for sharing your story and such a candid and readable fashion.

    Kind regards

    Tony Quine
    Isle of Man
    UK

    Comment by Tony Quine — October 20, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

  5. Thank YOU Anousheh.

    Comment by Neda — October 20, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

  6. Dear Anousheh,

    I Thank You with all my heart for all the time you took to
    write this blog. I was hooked the very frist sentence. You not
    only helped us see thru your eyes but thru your heart.I’ve read
    many books in my life time and i can say you are my most favorite Author.I’ve never have met a more giving,caring persons as you and your family and as i see it God haves blessed us with you. Thank you for letting us be part of your dream. Patricia

    Comment by Patricia Vreeland — October 20, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

  7. Dear Anousheh,

    Thank you again for taking me and my family to this fantastic vayage. Best wishes to you and your husband.

    Sincerely
    Shahram Z

    Comment by Shahram Z — October 20, 2006 @ 8:57 pm

  8. Dear Anousheh,
    I don’t know how you do it, but you’ve managed to bring tears to a grown mans eyes with your words so many times that it’s becoming like an automatic conditioned response when I read your blog!
    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for being.
    Peace.

    Comment by Behrooz — October 20, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

  9. Great Anousheh, this last entry brought tears to my eyes again. I’m sure you’ll go back to the ISS in the near future, you sound so motivated, so courageous, you’ll make it happen again.
    I’ll truly miss your blog entries, I was reading them everyday at work, you brought me into a different world by writing about all these amazing and unbelievalble things. I’m very greatful for the experience. Thank you so much!

    With love,

    Agi from Hungary

    Comment by Agi — October 20, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

  10. Dear Anousheh,

    thank you again for sharing your thoughts and wonderful experience with us. The dream was real.. and the story book does not end here. We all are looking forward to your next space adventure.

    Thank you and all the best wishes to you and yours.

    Peter

    PS:I hope you received my letter per eMail.

    Comment by Peter Guelzow — October 20, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

  11. I am here just because . . don’t think we as iranian-Americans or how restrict out nationality may be, should leave you thinking a hero is forgotten No! not a slighest chance that it would be So! . . what do we do with all tears flown down our face . . with all the unwritten blogs left unpublished and many thanks to those who made your trip a possibility we are still watching! . . and you can watch Us! . . . I would add that even though we are much of an astro crazy individual, but we won’t be ignorant either. . let the sensations take over your state of being! I would hope your soul mate will never (God Forbidden) let a chance slip away! . .

    You took us with you . . sharing your heroic dreams!
    Your Fan

    Comment by Bijan S. Fard — October 20, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

  12. Hello Anousheh,

    I’m not sure if you’re aware but there are some pictures (not many) of what you are writing about in this entry of your blog here at http://www.energia.ru/english/energia/iss/iss13/photo_10-18.html ..so everybody take a look and see Anousheh wearing the lovely scarf that she mentions and her standing at the Gagarin memorial. I must say to that Jeff looks very smart in his uniform (smile.)

    I have been one of the silent ones here Anousheh just reading your postings and not saying anything myself so can I just say now that for someone who says ‘I am not a writer’ that you have written so very well and interestingly about your unique experience and I’ve enjoyed very much following you on the journey of your dreams..thank you for sharing it so personaly not only with me but with everybody who has read your words here.

    Oh..and also thank you for some interesting listening on VHF-1..it’s been a long time since I heard a female voice on that channel..I won’t say anymore about that here but you will know what I mean (wink.)

    Well I hope that your grandmother is better now and that you are getting used to doing the dishes, cooking and cleaning the house ect once again (grin) because now that the dream has ended I hope you can say that truly there really is no place like home and being with your family and friends (smile.)

    Anousheh I send my very best wishes to you and your family and I hope that you will continue to post on this blog from time to time because otherwise I’m going to miss the little lady with the big warm smile who came into my home on Nasa tv..you have inspired many on here and I hope you will continue to do so.

    Bye bye and good luck to you all from England.

    Colin

    Comment by Colin J K — October 20, 2006 @ 9:51 pm

  13. Dear Anousheh ,

    Thanks alot & alot ….
    great! …..as always
    I’ll write more ..

    lots of love ,

    Comment by Zari — October 20, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

  14. Another moving story, we will also miss this space flight chapter, but looking forward for the next :)

    Good luck Anousheh and Hamid for your future endeavour, and thx again for sharing all this with us

    Cordially
    Homeyra

    Comment by homeyra — October 20, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

  15. Anousheh,
    Once again I’d love to thank you for your eloquant and personal description of your trip.
    You’re the window for many who have yet to explore the outside world after being trapped in a room for so long.
    ^.^

    Comment by Kate — October 20, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

  16. Thanks for sharing your experience in this historic flight. So many people are inspired by your adventure in space. BRAVO!
    Fereydoun
    Vancouver-Canada

    Comment by Fereydoun — October 20, 2006 @ 10:32 pm

  17. Anousheh,
    Please Please don’t stop writing. Write about when you first arrived at Star City to begin your training. Tell us about all of the training you went through. And do tell us about how you grew your telecom company and about your new company. We will miss you if you stop writing. You have given us the gift of human feelings in your descriptions of your spaceflight that we can never hope to repay. Like I said previously, you brought a fat 52 year old American to tears on many occasions (this being one). You have helped bridge the gap between Americans and Russians. We have a newfound respect for their skill and professionalism in Space Flight. You have inspired the whole world and specifically women that they can reach their heights and achieve their dreams..Please stay with us..

    All the best,
    Dave From NJ

    Comment by Dave From NJ — October 21, 2006 @ 12:23 am

  18. thank you once again ! and good bye for now ! :)

    Comment by B — October 21, 2006 @ 1:14 am

  19. I hope you’re beginning the new chapter of your life well, Anousheh! I think I like Star City now. Thanks for virtually taking us there with you. This blog entry of yours is amazing, I love how you can still share and express stuff vividly even when you’re overcome with emotions, I couldn’t do that. I just graduated college and I could somewhat relate to you. Hope your grandmother is better!

    Comment by Ann — October 21, 2006 @ 1:25 am

  20. Mrs. Ansari,

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

    It was wonderful.

    Nino Arzon
    Plano Texas

    Comment by Nino Arzon — October 21, 2006 @ 1:36 am

  21. Anousheh,

    Thank you for sharing your dream. You have inspired many people by your sharing your experience and your dream. I have never felt more proud of being an Iranian, and for such a long time. You birth country has much to thank you for. I wish you health and success for you and your family

    God Bless

    Vahid

    Comment by Vahid — October 21, 2006 @ 3:35 am

  22. Dear Anousheh

    That was a wonderful story,from the beginning up to the end.
    How can we properly thank you for that?
    I hope you continue on sharing with us the story of your next achievements.

    In this interim,I think it might be the best time for you to answer some unanswered questions and clarify a few ambiguities
    (putting aside the spiteful ones).
    It makes your tale more complete/honest.

    Which questions/ambiguities ?

    First let me see whether they will block my this comment or not!

    Kamran Derakhshani
    Tehran

    [SEARCH…………..BE THE SOURCE…………….INFORM]

    Comment by Kamran Derakhshani — October 21, 2006 @ 3:52 am

  23. Dear Anousheh, WOW! every time I read your beautiful stories, my eyes will be wet. You are all my dear girl, thank you thank you… I love you, and I love to see you one time in my life. I am really proud of you, and you are my real dream. Have fun and take care. I wish your grandma a better feeling (hope she is better now) I love you

    Comment by malahat — October 21, 2006 @ 3:56 am

  24. Hi Anousheh,

    Thank you very much for all the stories, experiences, memories and most importantly…. thank you for inspiring everyone of us. Your blog has been a part of my daily activities and it’s just too hard to read when you said that this is your last blog. We will miss you as you miss stay city.This simple means of communication of yours had touched ssssoooooo mannnnyyy lives. I might be able to read blogs from you but I know that as long as there is star in the sky…. there is Anousheh Ansari. Please …. if I could only have a reply from you, although a know it’s imposible, but like you said … keep dreaming. Best of fortune for you and your family.Bye Ms. Anousheh.

    Comment by NOVA — October 21, 2006 @ 4:00 am

  25. Congratulations!! You are amazing for making your dream come true! If only all of our deepest, most mind-bogling, nearly impossible, challenging dreams could just come true… if we were all blessed with the motivation and drive that you were born with, life would be such a wonderful thing. I will continue to dream.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Moonstarr — October 21, 2006 @ 4:04 am

  26. Thank you for sharing your story, here’s hoping you will write a book.

    Best wishes,

    Ben

    Comment by B E Pulver — October 21, 2006 @ 4:11 am

  27. Thank you so much for the detailed descriptions. Your style really makes us feel we were there with you!

    Comment by swicki — October 21, 2006 @ 5:04 am

  28. Dear Anousheh
    Thank you for your nice weblog. I always follow your writings.
    Me & Shima are studynig medicine in Armeni university. We both love you and wish you more success.
    I have emailed you a Digital Album about your space trip i wish you see it and enjoy that.
    I look forward to recive your answer.
    Best Regards
    Hamed&Shima

    Comment by Hamed& Shima — October 21, 2006 @ 5:49 am

  29. Thanks for the incredible journey… Brian California

    Comment by Brian Scott — October 21, 2006 @ 6:05 am

  30. Dear Mrs. Ansari;

    Again, I read your writings with a great emotional swing. I think the English words can not fit the greatness of this sentiments. I’d rather to use Iranian words like ‘por shoor’ & ‘latif’ or even Russian words like ‘замечательный’ & ‘мягкосердечный’ instead of poor words like marvelous or wonderful for your sentiments. It was great for me (and guess for a lot of Iranians) to hear that your feelings greatly tend to your birthplace, Iran, and still you have the necessary background to simplify your lifestyle to achieve your goals. I overstep and say you have left the Star City with one but vast country, named the United World….

    Also it was amazing to think about your trial to read in Russian language for those natives of Start City. Although the official language for space programs is justly determined to be either English or Russian, I think nobody had prohibited you to have an especial message for Iranian in Persian language there: I do beleive that our brother Russians would have understood it and let you say some sentences in Farsi too. If you had done so, your declaration about multi nationality could have been easily accepted. However, still you are admired by many many Iranian people all around the world for your perseverance and steadfastness.

    Hope to see the next chapter of your life soonest…

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

    Comment by Farhad — October 21, 2006 @ 6:21 am

  31. Dear Anousheh,

    Thanks for taking us with you on your journey and being a part of our life. It was definitely cool and I’m sure you realize just how blessed you are with all you do.

    Thanks for your having a heart for the people. A rare gift these days.

    God bless you in all you do.

    Pat Freeman
    West Chester, PA

    Comment by screamin75 — October 21, 2006 @ 7:09 am

  32. ba salam,kheili vaght bood montazere payame jadide shoma boodam.emrooz kheili khoshhal shodam.albate hanooz nakhoondam.vali motmaen hastam nokate khoobi baraye yad gereftan va didane jahan az dide shoma dar oon vojood dare.montazer hastam bishtar benevisid.eide fetre shoma ham mobarak.

    mahmoud,electronic engineer,isfsah,IRAN

    Comment by Mahmoud — October 21, 2006 @ 7:18 am

  33. Anousheh, Hamid is right, make another 20 million, fly again, and post more blogs. We are waiting! :)

    All the best!

    Comment by Russian in Vancouver — October 21, 2006 @ 9:49 am

  34. Thank you for sharing your experiences, best wishes for the future.

    Comment by Bill Taylor in England — October 21, 2006 @ 10:19 am

  35. Dearest Anousheh,

    It makes one want to cry knowing how deeply you had always wanted to journey to space, and then finally were given the chance, only to not be able to return…Yet! But I know, if anyone can, you will.

    Thank you for your time in writing your blog for me, and all of us. I greatly enjoyed reading of your experiences. And I must say, I am a little blue not sure when I will be reading new words from you, but I will always look to the stars, and know you are there.

    With much love and admiration,

    James Dunn
    Los Gatos, California

    Comment by James Dunn — October 21, 2006 @ 11:49 am

  36. As an iranian, I am proud of you anousheh…I wish u can experience such events once again with iranian flag on ur costum and iranian love in ur heart…Reza-tehran

    Comment by Reza — October 21, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

  37. سلام :)مرسی که بازم آپ دیت کردین و ما رو از خماری در آوردین ;)ماشالله اینقدر متنتون طولانیه که ترجیح دادم اول کامنت بذارم بعد بخونمش.اما مرسی.

    Comment by Hasiba — October 21, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

  38. hello mrs ansari i alwayse think about you and your ideas. i am very hapy because there is a way that i can have a communication with you. mrs ansari i always think about the way that i can think like you.i find that i should study my lessons more and more . i am studing my lessons in shahid beheshti highschool this highschool is 5th highschool in iran. i think i have enought ability to be come a doctor . i am trying to think like you . i think having connection with you will help me please make a connectin with me. thanks

    Comment by mohsen pooraria — October 21, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

  39. salam khanume ansari.
    kheili khosh halam ke ba salamat darid pishe khanevadatun barmigardin.
    kheili dust ke man ro dar in rahe sakhti ke dar pish gereftam baraye residan be hadafam be man komak konid.albate agar man ro layegh bedunid.man ro rahnamei konid.shoma che kardid ke Anousheh Ansari shodid?Man che konam ke M.Javad Mohiti besham?
    kheili be shoma eftekhar mikonam.
    ya ali,khoda hafeze shoma

    Comment by M.Javad Mohiti — October 21, 2006 @ 2:51 pm

  40. Anousheh,

    What a ride! Thank you for sharing your inspiring experiences.

    Reading the Blog and your speech lifts my heart and makes me ask the question:

    “What dreams might be possible for my life?”

    I may never go up into space, but I live in a real space… on a planet… with so many others who dream and hope for a better life for themselves and their families.

    I ask:

    “How can I help them or they help me to realize our dreams for a more peaceful world–one that lifts the dignity of every human being?”

    Your lesson to me is to overcome fear; to lift up my personal space high enough to look back on the world of differences and to see all of us united in one common beautiful humanity.

    Thank you, again, for your inspiration.

    Bill Kelly
    Cumming, GA

    Comment by Bill Kelly — October 21, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

  41. Hi Anousheh,
    Is there a recording of your interview with Oprah available on the net ? Many thanks and keep up the good work.

    Comment by Raphael — October 21, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

  42. Dear Anousheh
    Thanks for sharing us all of your trip with such honesty.
    You bring me to a romantic world with your words …

    Now you must have a special peace in your mind because of achieving your big dream. As an experience ,I would like to know is that true ? or after this you have another big dream with its anxious and attempts again !? Actually I don’t know its good to have or not but if there is , can I know about your next big dream or its a secret ;) ?

    Bests,
    The one who need you pray for.

    Comment by vahid — October 21, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

  43. Hi again my dear anousheh,
    this is the forth times that i am writing a comment for you and hoping that you will read it one day. maybe you have heard this sentence alot during this time but i wanna repeat it once more that i really cried and got completely ecxited while reading your weblog about your nice ceremony in star city and your fabulous memories. i just tried to use my imagination and imagine all you described about there. maybe it would sounds unreachable but i really hoped from deep of my heart to experience it at least someday as a astronaut. as my free time let me to do something else instead of studing i check every day news anf pictures and videos and your nice weblog and whatever else about you through internet and hope the best wishes for you
    my dear anousheh, i pray for you every day……..
    zahra
    mashhad , iran

    Comment by zahra — October 21, 2006 @ 4:32 pm

  44. hi my dear anousheh,
    your speech was really wonderfull and complete.
    i look forward to see you in iran and make a speech for us.
    have fun
    zahra
    mashhad, iran

    Comment by zahra — October 21, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

  45. Thank you Anousheh for sharing your experience about space.

    Comment by H.F.Z — October 21, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

  46. God Bless You Anousheh, We Love you :)

    Comment by Safa — October 21, 2006 @ 7:30 pm

  47. hi dear anoosheh.
    please come here.
    we are waiting for you in TEHRAN.
    ANSARI X PRIZE
    X=SUR
    :)
    Parsa from Tehran

    Comment by salam — October 21, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  48. Hello Anousheh from Geoff Weston here in Dunedin New Zealand.

    Thank you very for this last article. I have gained quite an insight into the Russian program out of all this. There has never been anything like this before. Although I have gathered a lot of information on the Russian space program, this has given me the feel of the place and at times ‘as if I were there.’ They were magic moments when the ISS streaked overhead and you were up there. I took many students and others outside to look up and they were all amazed. I was surprized how little they knew about any of this- even Americans. I would love to see you come to our University for a talk some day. I have arranged all your articles now, and I am planning a small book. I have also found quite a bit on your road to Biakonur from Iran which I can use but I will email you for more. I have just got to have your mission on my bookshelf along with all my other space books until you write your own book. It’s a bit difficult to let go of all this, just as you say about going back to Biakonur. I just never wanted your mission to end. But the world keeps moving forward. I am planning to go to Cape Canaveral sometime, and will be getting together with my daughter Gemma in Southport Brisbane for Xmas dinner, and we are going to plan this trip. If it does happen, we would love to meet you and certainly will try. Thank you once again. I’ve put up a tribute to you from all of the photo’s on my writer website.

    Cheers for now, awaiting your next space mission.

    Geoff Weston.

    Comment by Geoff Weston — October 21, 2006 @ 9:00 pm

  49. Anousheh,
    you are so amazing!
    You have been my hero since i heard about the XPrize and when I found out you were going into space i followed your story all the way.
    You have changed my life, you wouldn’t beleive how much you have.You have totaly inspired me to reach my dreams of space.
    Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me, i have read your blog over and over and have felt every emotion with you, hoping one day i can feel them too, only this time, from space.
    you are my hero and one day i hope to meet you! (if i am so lucky)
    Congratulations, Anousheh, for everything you have acheived.

    Comment by K — October 21, 2006 @ 9:54 pm

  50. amazing

    Comment by pp — October 21, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

  51. Dear Anousheh,

    many thanks for sharing your experience.
    I have read your Blog since you started your adventure.
    Your English is fantastatic, very clean and easy to understand for me…. almost as reading italien.
    I was very interested in your emotions, specially during the take off, docking, flight and deorbiting.
    My wife and I often watch the visibile passes of ISS and we have seen it in the sunrise light, when you where on board.

    Again, thanks Anousheh and happy life!

    Ferruccio, Torino, Italia

    Comment by Ferruccio — October 21, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

  52. Dear Anousheh,

    ur writing was beautiful and touching as usual.I would like to take this oppurtunity again to thank u for sharing one of the best parts of ur life, step by step with us.Its been great reading about ur interesting adventure. I was wandering the other day about u going to Iran for a holiday in the near future?! I’m sure everyone’s waiting to welcome u in Iran too and they would love to see u there.Would love to know the answer to this question. If possible, please let us know.

    I live in England, but would love to hear the news of u going to ur home country.I don’t why ! but I really do. Hope to see u soon in the persian news or channels. We Are Proud Of U.

    May God Bless U In Watever U Do.

    With all my love and best wishes,
    - Nafi3

    Comment by Nafiseh — October 22, 2006 @ 12:50 am

  53. Anousheh, if you would get a notice or a call from NASA that there is an opening for an astronaut program and you can apply and take a physical if you want to, what would you do? Would you give up your present life interest, to become an astronaut, or you would pass.
    Remember it’s a long training and to be an astronaut is also a dangerous bussines, as you know. I would be interested of your comment.

    George Kovacs
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    Comment by George Kovacs — October 22, 2006 @ 1:11 am

  54. You my hero, you had make me cry so many times, I don’t know why I just know that I feel that I know you for ever, that I know you from a distant galaxy or from a distant time. I keep dreaming to see you again, maybe some day, just please do not stop writting we need your words that come from your heart. what a beatifull speech. I love you for ever. thank you.
    Roberto.

    Comment by Roberto Escobar — October 22, 2006 @ 4:35 am

  55. There are many, many of us who will miss you regular postings….but are so thankful that you made the effort !
    One vote here for a worldwide peace ambassadorship for you…

    Comment by Bill from Chicken Bridge — October 22, 2006 @ 4:48 am

  56. سلام خانم انصاری
    ممنون که نوشتن این بلاگ رو ادامه میدید
    راستی ما منتظر فیلم هایی که قول انتشارشونو از فضا داده بودید هستیم
    موفق باشید

    Comment by Pedram — October 22, 2006 @ 6:14 am

  57. Hi Anoushesh,

    Thank you for making all of us a part of this magnificent journey. You proved the world we have many reasons to cherish this life and inspired us to think beyond borders, beyond languages. We expect you to continue this journey of touching people with your life and hope you cherish each moment of this amazing journey. Please do continue to share these amazing experiences to less fortunate people like us.

    Bin.

    Comment by Bin.G — October 22, 2006 @ 6:28 am

  58. salam Anousheh aziz
    man ham narahatam va ham khoshhal.
    narahat az inkeh in blog digeh tamoom shodeh va nemitoonam neveshtehaye jadidi azatoon bekhoonam va khoshhal az inkeh az shoma chizaye ziadi yad gereftam.
    omidvaram too tamame marahele zendegitoon salamat va movaffagh bashin.

    Comment by Golnaz,19,Tehran — October 22, 2006 @ 7:09 am

  59. Dear Anousheh,
    You deserve every bit of the joy and happiness you feel not only because you earned it but also because you shared it with millions of us, who could not be there. I hope this in not the end of this book although it may be the last chapter for now.
    Thank you for who you are and what you have done for us too.

    Farid Bozorgmehr, Gaithersburg, Md.

    Comment by Farid Bozorgmehr — October 22, 2006 @ 7:28 am

  60. Hi Dear Anousheh,

    It is really my proudness that you are Iranian, from my nation, from a big country with a big history. This is not the only reason, you are one of the most successful women in the world. You worked hard and tough to gain your sweetest dream. I also had the same experience, but not for going to space, to gain my sweetest dreams from zero, really zero. So, I can feel very well how much you can be happy due to your big job. Here in Iran I did my best to show your pictures and videos to the people which obtaining information from you was very hard for them. Also I translated your experiences in orbit and ISS for them to know more about the cosmos.
    I have the best wishesh for you and Hamid and your family and I hope you can help us to improve more and more.

    Best regards,
    Masroor

    Comment by Masroor Sheydaei — October 22, 2006 @ 9:31 am

  61. Dear Anousheh,

    You are a very very special woman. We need the people like you in this World and specialy for Iran. The people who can change the World with their courage, dreams, dedication and their love for the people.

    We need the women like you specialy at this time for showing the ability of the Iranian people and the Iranian women.

    I wish you and you family all the best and hope you continue to open the new doors for the mankind.

    You are our pride

    Best regards
    Ali Moazemi

    Comment by Ali moazemi — October 22, 2006 @ 9:42 am

  62. Glad to see your new post:) write more!
    By the way,I’m changing,I’m making big dreams,YOU taught it to me…thank you:)
    “Niloo”

    Comment by Niloofar — October 22, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

  63. Dear Mrs. Anousheh Ansari,
    Thanks you for the beautiful narratives of your trip to ISS and for sharing your experiences, thoughts, and feelings with the people of the world.
    As a renowned celebrity who has been a source of inspiration for many women, I hope you can find ways to improve the lives of at least few of the many destitute people of the world. Starting with those in the three countries close to your heart.
    Best Regards,
    Yussef Noorisa

    Comment by Yussef Noorisa — October 22, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

  64. Thank you for sharing you story…I feel that I know you, what a beautiful soul you have! May God continue to bless you and your family. You are the “poster child” for American dream, and I thank God everyday for this country where it has provided an atmospher where talents rise, where dreams become reality, and people flourish IF they desire it for themselves.
    Cheers,

    Frieda
    Your American-Iranian-Armenian fac

    Comment by frieda — October 22, 2006 @ 3:24 pm

  65. bravo!

    Comment by yana — October 22, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

  66. Dear Anousheh,
    You deserve every bit of joy and happiness you brought upon yourself not only because you earned it but also because you shared it with millions of us. I hope this is not the end of this book, although it may be the last chapter for now.
    Thank you for who you are and what you have done for yourself and us too.

    Farid Bozorgmehr, Gaithersburg, Md.

    Comment by Farid Bozorgmehr — October 22, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

  67. Very well written speach that obviously came from the heart. You had an amazing experience and I thought that you expressed yourself very well.

    I want to thank you and the other civilian astronauts for doing whatever it took to make your dream of going into space a reality. What you’ve done is reminded people like me that being able to go into space is now more possible than ever. And it will continue to become more possible for more people in the very near future.

    I also look forward to hearing about your next adventure. Any thoughts as to what you might do?

    Sincerely,

    Dean Siracusa
    President
    Transtock, Inc.

    Comment by Dean — October 22, 2006 @ 3:59 pm

  68. Salam Anousheh jan

    barat arezooye movafaghiyat mikonam et bonne continuation.
    agar saret khalvat shod va man ro yadet oomad, baram javab bedeh,

    ghorbanat.
    Noushin Pegah

    Comment by Noushin Pegah — October 22, 2006 @ 4:32 pm

  69. Salam Anousheh khanom,

    You are an international character now. would u hold a conference in Iran if an organization ask u to do so?

    taradfdareh sarsakht shoma( az Holland)

    Comment by Reza — October 22, 2006 @ 4:33 pm

  70. Dear Mrs. Ansari,

    I want to thank you again for sharing such an inspiring adventure and your sincere thoughts in such a simple, open and revealing way. By the way, your English is fantastic!! Anyone that can make a grown man cry with her writings is a writer!

    As a DFW-area college professor, I appreciate you educating the world.

    PS- Are there any educational space-oriented programs that you sponsor in DFW-area for students or children?

    Sincerely,

    K

    Comment by K — October 22, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

  71. Dear Anousheh,

    I would like to talk to you about my plans to visit space. If you find the time send me a quick mail.
    How many kg of personal items were you allowed to take up?

    You are inspiring.

    Toby

    Comment by Toby Munk — October 22, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

  72. Hi dear Anousheh :) :) :)
    Thank you very much, for your sharing the last part of your journey, in your words you have accomplish in touching the stars, all bright in reaching our spirit of adventure, in sharing your upmost intimate details of your experience with so many of us. Your endeavor is a continuing process, sharing your time in person this week-end at X Prize round-up, shaking the hands of thousands of fortunate people, that have come from far away too meet you in person!
    Like all good things must come to a end, your signing off, is only an aurevoir, because you will be back in space to share again from the bottom of your heart, all of us inspired by your truly remarquable endeavor, I am honored as a human being to have share with you from a distance this special moment in history.

    Jules wishing you great success, until next time so long Anousheh

    Comment by Jules Poirier — October 22, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

  73. salammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Comment by reza — October 22, 2006 @ 8:22 pm

  74. Anousheh, what an Impowering person you are. All your blog entrys and your speech are all very impowering. I one day dream of becoming a nasa astronaut and want to be able to go into space and to the international space station. You are a very inspiring person. I wish you all the luck and happiness in your future. I am very sad to see that you are signing off your blog. I wish you would continue blogging.
    Keep dreaming big
    Tiffany DiBenedetto

    Comment by Tiffany DiBenedetto — October 22, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

  75. Anoushe jan salam,
    in avalin bari hastesh ke mikham ba zabane adi baraye kasi name benevisam.aval az hame bayad begam ke to vaghean marekeyi !!! rastesho bekhahi man 19 salame va daneshjooye It-Ghavas-tour leader hastam.vali hich vaght nemitavanam irani boodan irai dost dashtan ra az beyn bebaram !!! man be keshvar hich ta’asooobi nadarm vali iraniha va hameye hamvatananam ra dost daram,kasanike az khon va goshte man hastand.be har hal,man kheili kheili khosh halam ke khahare goooolam(Anoushe jan) hamchenan dar karhash movafagh va moayade.hamishe ba yade khoda va mesle hamishe ba komake hamid jan,Atousa khanoom va pedar va madare mehrabanet karhatoooo edame bede !!!ino bedoon ke hade aghal man ke kheili kochikam harshab barat doa mikonam;)
    sarbooland va piroooz bashi,
    Bahman

    Comment by Bahman abbasi — October 22, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

  76. Dear Anousheh, I’ve been following your amazing experience from day one right to the end, Many times I had questions, enquiry or not sure about a situation in space but immediately my questions were answered through your space weblog. Thank you for that and I guess our minds kind of work similarly!
    I feel VERY passionate about space and space travel since my childhood, pretty much like you and your experience has touched me deeply and given me a new dimmension to what we can acheive if we put our heart into it.
    Finally reading your final speach in star city brought tear to my eyes as I also was a teenager when I left our beloved Iran, studied in UK and now work in Canada my third home. Our world is too small, too beautiful and too spectacular to have boundries ,
    wars and race and religeous conflicts. I guess you realize that more than anyone.
    Anousheh, I’m proud of you, a true Iranian woman…

    Comment by arsalan poushin — October 22, 2006 @ 10:06 pm

  77. hi anousheh, i am the 9 years old iranian-american who wrote a note for you when you were in space. i am happy you are back safe and happy.

    Comment by farbod — October 23, 2006 @ 12:16 am

  78. anoushe
    when will you come to Iran?
    dont you like there anymore?

    Comment by ronak — October 23, 2006 @ 12:43 am

  79. hi anousheh,

    so touching… so sincere…so humble.. a million thank you for for sharing your dream with us. you were such great person. i wish i could see you in person to be able to thank you personally for what you’ve done to everyone.. and for what you’re still doing to reach hundreds, thousands, millions and billions of dreamers like me.

    as i read this part of your blog… it goes deep within me… and i made me cry…

    God bless you always and your family. They are all so lucky to have you. Thanks also to Hamid for allowing you to reach your dream.. he’s a great person just like you and people like you deserve all the love in the world.

    More power and blessings to you and your family.

    Cheers,

    Maribel

    Comment by Maribel Almin — October 23, 2006 @ 12:53 am

  80. Dear Anousheh,

    Thank you for the touching account.

    Yes, we shall try to come up with something that is worth to be blogged…There are dreams, and their accomplishment is as difficult as they are great, so it might take a while…

    Your husband might be wrong about saving for another flight: Roscosmos or NASA will let you fly for free. I trust you rekindled many’s enthusiasm in the appliance of science, e.g. space flight, much to the benefit of the space agencies, and certainly all involved in building and operating the fine Soyuz-TMA vehicle and its launcher.

    Probably the outcome of your mission is suggesting that involving ‘civilian observers’ in space flight is at least as conducive for its popularisation than fostering merely private sub-orbital excursions?

    All the best, and thanks for trying all this on our behalf.
    Arnulf

    Comment by Arnulf Knittel — October 23, 2006 @ 12:56 am

  81. You should talk to somebody like Terrence Malick about doing a film of your experience. What you write is very visual and cinematic and his movies are very dream-like.

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

    Comment by James, Mountain View, CA — October 23, 2006 @ 2:26 am

  82. Dear Anousheh,
    You are inspiring many rich people to go to ISS, even people who never dreamed of it. I am sure you can help them with your investments in the space tourism. Did you know that the famous singer Madonna, with the help of Russian government, finally got a place in 2009 to go to ISS on a Russian Soyuz? Many people are interested to know why you did get your place in 2006?
    Best wishes,
    Reza

    Comment by Reza from US — October 23, 2006 @ 3:41 am

  83. salam
    man ie zane irani hastam.kheilee delam mikhast neveshtehaton ra mikhonadam va dar morede shoma bishtar midonestam. vali heif ke zabanan zaeife.
    movafagh va shad bashid
    m.m

    Comment by ghasedak — October 23, 2006 @ 4:31 am

  84. Hi dear Anousheh !
    I’d like to congratulate u again, and I wish the best new trips in the future for u.
    I know u will think about the space trip forever.
    best regards.

    Comment by Atieh from Mashhad — October 23, 2006 @ 4:44 am

  85. Dear Anousheh,
    I am sure that in near future you will be back there! You have a strong character and you can reach to everything. I am proud of you. I have big dreams like you, but I feel disappointed. Because I tried and tried and tried and there was no result. My dream is not comparable with your dream. I just want to get my PhD from a well-known university, but it seems that the money is the most important key for reaching to wishes! Money is the only thing that I don’t have. I wish you all of the best.

    Best wishes,
    Golnaz

    Comment by Golnaz — October 23, 2006 @ 5:10 am

  86. Hi Anousheh,

    I am reading your space blog everyday. Please keep writing. We don’t want to miss you for a long time.
    Good luck!
    Mahnaz

    Comment by Mahnaz — October 23, 2006 @ 5:12 am

  87. Dear Mrs.Ansari,

    I can not describe my feeling at this moment. I just want to say “you’re great, you’re our honour”.

    Kind Regards,
    Farbod

    Comment by Farbod — October 23, 2006 @ 5:15 am

  88. Dear Anousheh,

    It was not ending of your success. You will be back there soon and again you can smell space!

    Sincerely yours,
    Seide Effat

    Comment by Seide Effat — October 23, 2006 @ 5:18 am

  89. سلام خانم انصاری
    به شما افتخار می کنيم. موفقيت شما آرزوی ماست. امِدوارم همان طور که دوست داريد دوباره به فضا برگرديد.

    Comment by نونا — October 23, 2006 @ 5:23 am

  90. salam khanome ansary .afarin bar hemat va elme shoma .khosh be saadatetan .aya emkan darad dar veblogetan irany sohbat konid ke hame feiz bebarand .ya bakhshisho ?man masoole farhangy sazemanam agar emkan dare baraye tashakor az khodayi ke be shoma tofighe khedmat dade va baraye komak be elme bachehaye iran baraye ma etelaate setare shenasy ya har chizy ke baladid befrestid albate mohabat konid ba zabane farsi .mamnonam eide fetr ham bar shoma va khanevade mohtarametan mobarak bashad .ya ali

    Comment by zohreh — October 23, 2006 @ 5:48 am

  91. Dear Blog Agent!

    Do you really think that the ending in ONE chapter of Mrs. Ansari’s life should be assumed as the STOP point in weblog commenting???!!!

    Please review and put the approved comments on her blog. Also please tell her we are earnestly addicted to her writings. At least, give us an schedule (e.g. once or twice per week) so we can follow her texts and comments.

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

    Comment by Farhad — October 23, 2006 @ 8:02 am

  92. Hi dear miss Ansaari
    It is great, I say 2 u welcome to the earth. hope 4 u best wishes and next trip to space. if u like poem , invite u to see my weblog

    Comment by javad sharifian — October 23, 2006 @ 8:59 am

  93. Hi dear miss Ansaari
    It is great, I say 2 u welcome to the earth. hope 4 u best wishes and next trip to space. if u like poem , invite u to see my weblog

    Javad Sharifian from Tehran

    Comment by javad sharifian — October 23, 2006 @ 9:00 am

  94. salam again!
    vaghean ke speechetun ghashango jaleb bood….va hamchenin neveshteye akharetun dar weblog mesle hameye neveshtehaye ghabli baes shod ta gooneham khis beshe va be fekr foroo beram…man be khodam ghol dadam ke movafagh besham…omidvaram ke in erade ee ke shoma baes shodid dar man be vojud biad baghy bemune va ruzi manam betunam be khodam, atrafianam,keshvaram va hameye mardome jahan komak konam ke bavar konan khodeshuno va tagheer bedim hameye badiha ro…delam mikhad bazam benevisid..neveshtehatun hesse ajibi behem mide ke ehsas mikonam mitunam beparam…hatman motevajeh mishid chi migam….be har hal omidvaram hamishe movafagho shado sarboland o salem o khosh hal bashid…be hameye khanevade salam beresoonin..take care…love you…bye

    Comment by samaneh — October 23, 2006 @ 9:38 am

  95. Dear Anousheh,
    As a child, I remember going to the space, also, was my sweetest dream. But the destiny took me to the other way, and other dreams prevail over my space going’s dream. But it doesn’t matter what the binder is, it is your feelings that count. How do you feel about your images you produce? Are you merely expressing yourself? Or are you searching for something? Our life is not so much about expressing us, as it is discovering us. Your trying to let the cosmos goes through your dreams and induce your dreams to coming true, to enjoy the moments, enjoy the breathing, paying more attention your surrounding, looking at the world from above and all experiences you have had on this way with all hardships that made you to feel other, are more important than all ideas of onlookers that followed your story and thought your deed was commendable or not! You fuelled your dream, rather than to be your dream as most of the people do! It allowed you to fully express your true spirit. You’re enriched by that calling. I admire your power Anousheh! You’re served well by that point of view. If still many people confuse you with their Ideas, it’s a sign that your act has tickled their feelings, and that’s enough!

    Comment by Taraneh — October 23, 2006 @ 9:42 am

  96. Baz ham mesle hamishe eftekhar mikonim be shoma
    Mohsen

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

  97. Congratulations for you excellant accomplishment and for having this blog to share your experience. You have do a lot to inspire
    so many people. Thank you from all the workers here at the Kennedy Space Center..

    Comment by David henson — October 23, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

  98. Thank you, thank you so much for sharing!

    Comment by Lélia Agostinho — October 23, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

  99. Dear Anousheh:
    Hi.How are you?
    I know,that trip,was a little hard but I think it worthed.
    I would like to say thank you for your exiting and wonderful blog.
    I used to cheek it every day and it was really great. Moreover, thanks
    for shering your sicces.
    I hope you have nice time with your family.
    I’m so happy that your dream have been coming truth .

    WELCOME BACK TO EARTH
    have a nice day
    bye
    niloofar

    Comment by niloofar — October 23, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

  100. Lots of tears…! dokhtar….lots of lots of tears…!!!

    I want hear your speach in russian. is it possible ?please….!

    Comment by kamyar — October 23, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

  101. Dear Anousheh,
    Your comments make us not only appreciate space, but also Earth and the simple joys of life. Thank you for sharing this sense of wonder over and over. Best of luck with progress towards your next trip, and have fun in New Mexico!
    Gioia

    Comment by Gioia Massa — October 23, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

  102. Oh, I am so touched by your beautiful description of your trip and your speach. You brought tears to my eyes. I love that you always show your human side and talk about the ordinary things that we all do (like running from store to store to get everything for a meal or other things).

    I think it was a grand idea to deliver the speach in Russian. I am sure everyone wanted to hug you and tell you how much they loved it!

    You are a beautiful person in and out Anousheh joon. You have many friends and fans around the world now. I hope you continue to write. I feel kind of sad that I will not see anything else from you.

    With much love, appreciation, and positive energy,

    Freshteh and family

    Comment by Freshteh — October 23, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

  103. Dear Anousheh,

    Thanks for sharing your dream experience with us. I enjoyed reading every line of your writings and it felt like I was experiencing it too. THANKS and good luck in your future endevours!
    All the bests.

    Comment by Mahnaz — October 23, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

  104. Dear Anousheh,
    I have been reading your Space Blog for the last few weeks, sometimes it has even made me very emotional. What you did has been a real inspiration to me, just like so many other Iranian women around the world. But today, reading your last line really moved me, i truly belive in “dreams” coming true.

    Wishing you all the best.
    Gooya (Tehran)

    Comment by Gooya — October 23, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

  105. hi dear Anousheh,
    Besides all these nice memories and fantastic expriences, i am so intresting in knowing your other programs about space journeys.
    maybe we can’t go to space or ISS right now but we can enjoy and imagine as you travel there and describe it all for us.
    with all my love
    zahra
    mashhad,iran

    Comment by zahra — October 23, 2006 @ 6:02 pm

  106. سلام

    خانم انصاری، موفقیتتان را تبریک می گویم.
    یک سوال از شما دارم و مشتاقانه منتظر جواب آن هستم.
    من حدس می زنم که همه آدمهای موفق دنیا با اینکه با هم خیلی فرق دارند اما یک چیز در همه آنها مشترک است و رمز موفقیت هایشان هم همین نقطه اشتراک است.
    این نقطه اشتراک چیست: “پشتوانه، تکیه گاه و حمایت عاطفی”.
    من حدس می زنم شما زندگی عاطفی خوبی دارید و حامیان و تکیه گاههایی در زندگی شما هستند که به شما عشق می ورزند. کسانی که می توانید به گرمای حمایتشان اعتماد کنید. کسانی که حضور پر حجم عشق و محبتشان جایی برای تنهایی باقی نمی گذارد. کسانی که تایید کننده شما هستند و همیشه از حمایتشان مطمئن هستید، مخصوصا در روزهای سختی.

    حال می خواهم از شما به عنوان کسی که توانسته به آرزوها یا بخشی از آرزوهایش برسد درستی این مطلب را جویا شوم. درست حدس زدم؟!

    متشکرم

    Comment by مهیار — October 23, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

  107. Hi Anosheh,

    Nice to see you writing again after a long gap. It was an excellent narration once again. I dont think I have tp reiterate on the fact that ur narration was very inspiring and encouraging.

    Anousheh, I want to becoem an astronaut too and I need your help. Please write back to me.

    Wishing ur grandmother a speedy receovery.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Manju S.M. (India)

    Comment by Manju S.M. — October 24, 2006 @ 4:13 am

  108. Dear Mrs Ansari,

    Thank you so much for bringing us with you.

    Looking to the future, whatever happened to all the other projects around the world that were competing against SpaceShipOne to go sub-orbital? I hope they haven’t given up just because they lost out on your $10 million prize.

    Anyway, now that the X-Prize Foundation has successfully encouraged non-Government sub-orbital flights, we must get tourists into orbit by similar means - and give them an orbiting hotel to stay in. (I’m not sure the ISS could cope with a full busload at a time!). Then, of course, there’s the moon… Will you be pursuing this?

    With best wishes for you, your family, and all your future plans,

    Adrian Horsman,
    Belfast,
    Northern Ireland

    Comment by Adrian Horsman — October 24, 2006 @ 11:55 am

  109. greaaaaaaaaaaat speach!
    specially the last paragraph!

    Comment by golnoush — October 24, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

  110. Hello Mrs Ansari
    I am another person who learned from you that i can make my dream come tru.
    I really relly love you and I never forget you.
    I am every day talking about you to anyone!
    I have another big dream that it is seeing and talking to you someday.
    My eyes are now teary.
    with love!
    a tirteen year old girl from yazd/Iran.
    Sima

    Comment by sima — October 25, 2006 @ 9:32 am

  111. Mrs. Ansari,

    I want to thank you for giving this possibility to watch your journey this close. Many readers of your blog have said that you have brought the feeling of “being there” into our minds and hearts, and that’s true for me also.

    First I thought you were just a millionaire with too much money to waste in nonsense, but after really starting reading your blog I understood that that’s not the thing. You were different, in a positive way. Your writings impressed me by being honest and straight from the heart, filled with excitement and joy… that’s completely different from the mission reports I’ve read. They lack the human element, and that’s not the problem in yours.

    Everything you have written, especially the detailed description of being in space, left me with calmness, happiness and joy… and understanding. It’s hard to describe what I mean but I’m sure you’ll know what I mean. I guess the right word is “peace”. Peace to others and to itself.

    I want to thank you for re-enabling my belief to seemingly impossible things… you can bet I’m having a more positive and “can do”-approach to may things in my life.

    Just my two cents.

    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous — October 25, 2006 @ 9:04 pm

  112. Anousheh,

    I sincerely hope by now that you’ve seen how important your example has been to so many people in our One United World.

    - and, for every one who expressed their feelings, there were many, many, thousands who did not choose to, or could not, because they were not “linked”, or not even aware.

    Please, please: DO write a book about this; DO let it become a movie, (–even just a freely-distributed DVD that could been seen by anyone with a computer?); DO continue to spread your example of integrity, unity, friendship, and the Possiblity of The Dream across our entire One United World.

    The world needs what you can give. Don’t stop now!!!

    You message is MUCH bigger than space flight!! Hope you’ve noticed that???

    Salaam, and anaste’
    - Alan
    NH, USA, One United World

    Comment by Alan — October 25, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

  113. This woman is incredible. I love her. She is living the dreams of my youth. And can she write.

    If there is the smallest amount of science fiction interest in your past, read her entire article. I remember watching Sputnik orbit high above N.A.D. Fallbrook, as my dad stopped in the darkness to let me watch it go over. I remember my dreams, and my eyes tear with joy as I read Ansari’s missives from space. Every one of her blog entries will speak directly to your heart, and lead your mind to the stars.

    Please take a moment and read her entire posting, you will be lifted.

    — Jack

    Comment by Jack Foster Mancilla — October 26, 2006 @ 12:55 am

  114. Dearest Anoosheh :
    You and your way of thinking changed my life.
    I am proud of you and would like to meet you one day in your motherborn country,Iran.
    Thank you for giving me new imagination of life .
    Meeting you is one of my wishes these days .
    Again thank you for your blogs and sharing us your experiences of your space travel.
    God bless you and your family .
    Regards
    Iman Vafaei

    Comment by Iman — October 27, 2006 @ 8:31 am

  115. مرسی.عکس ها جالب بودند

    Comment by Pedram — October 27, 2006 @ 11:30 am

  116. Dear Anousheh,

    Hope your grandmom is well again,
    Wish you and your family:
    Health , more wealth and health again!
    You uplifted so many by taking the time to share your wonderful experience.Thanks for all the photos and your posts.

    Kindest Regards

    Comment by Sepideh — October 28, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

  117. سلام
    اولا عکسها جالبند
    دوما چرا فارسی نویسی رو ادامه نمیدید و بعد از ترک کردن مدار که 28 سپتامبر نوشتید دیگه سایت فارسیتون آپدیت نشده؟
    سوما طولانی می نویسید! لااقل از حوصله من خارجه! فکر کنم این دوره زمونه اکثر مردم همینطور باشند
    در ضمن لینک و مطالب شما تو وبلاگ من هم هست
    موفق باشید

    Comment by خسروبیگی — October 29, 2006 @ 6:52 am

  118. راستی مطالب فارسیتونو کامل خوندم ولی انگلیسیهارو نه !

    Comment by خسروبیگی — October 29, 2006 @ 7:01 am

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  120. Anousheh,
    I’m gonna miss reading your blog. Really I will. You have inspired me so much. Thank you.
    Good luck in your future and please do not hesitate to update your blog whenever you have the chance to do so. I’m sure many people around the world awaits you.

    ~jelita78~

    Comment by jelita78 — November 3, 2006 @ 7:53 am

  121. Thanks Anousheh for giving X Prize Foundation the honor of hosting this inspiring chronicle == we are all looking forward to more of your stories in the future!

    Comment by X PRIZE — November 4, 2006 @ 1:50 am

The Road To Baikonur September 9

Birthday Bouquets
September 12

Training as Backup
September 13

Price of a Dream
September 14

My Favorite Things!
September 15

Rendez-Vous at X Prize Cup
September 16

The Day Has Come
September 17

Email from Space!
September 20 email

Hello World
September 21

Atlantis from Orbit
September 22

The Trip Up
September 22

Space Travel Details September 25

Close Quarters
September 25

Watching the world go by
September 26

Thank God for Velcro
September 27

On leaving Orbit
September 28

The wave from space
September 28

The Ride Down
September 30

World Hold On
September 30

I couldn’t sleep
October 2

Second Birth
October 5

Back in the World
October 9

Goodbye Star City / My Speech
October 20

Wonderful ride
October 23