First Female Space Tourist Blasts off

Society | September 18, 2006, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

An Iranian-American telecommunications entrepreneur became Monday the world's first female space tourist by heading for the international space station aboard a Russian spacecraft.

Anousheh Ansari took from the Russian cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, accompanied by a US-Russian crew on the Soyuz TMA-9 capsule.

On her 10-day mission, she will spend two days orbiting earth and eight days at the International Space Station. She will perform a series of experiments, including a live demonstration of the technology of her new venture Prodea Systems.

Ansari reportedly paid USD 20 M to take a trip and visit the international space station.

She is the fourth private explorer to visit space, and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

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