Space Adventures' Client, Anousheh Ansari, Returns to Earth After Visiting the International Space Station
first female private space explorer completes historic spaceflight
Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's
leading space experiences company, announced today (September 28) that Anousheh
Ansari successfully landed in the Kazakhstan steppes after an eight-day
visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Mrs. Ansari returned to Earth
aboard Soyuz TMA-8 with members of the Expedition 13 crew Jeff Williams and
Pavel Vinogradov, who were relieved after their six-month assignment aboard the
experience was more than I had ever imagined; it has exceeded every expectation.
Seeing the Earth from space will be forever etched into my mind. I have enjoyed
each day to the fullest. I would like to thank Space Adventures for providing
the flight opportunity, the crews of Expedition 13 and 14 who made me feel very
welcomed during my time spent aboard the ISS and all those in who helped me
prepare for this adventure," said Mrs. Ansari, chairman and co-founder of Prodea
Systems, Inc., a revolutionary digital home technology company. "I hope those
around the world who followed my mission consider what their own dreams are and
pursue them, as I have done with mine."
at Space Adventures, are excited to welcome Anousheh back to Earth and
congratulate her on this historic spaceflight. She is a true space visionary and
it is our hope that her dedication to the development of commercial human
spaceflight will be an inspiration to the rest of the world," said Eric
Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures.
in the month, on September 18, Mrs. Ansari launched aboard Soyuz TMA-9 from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. She joined Expedition 14
commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and flight engineer Mikhail Tyurin for the
flight. They arrived at the space station on Sept. 20 and were greeted by the
Expedition 13 crew.
preparation for her spaceflight, Mrs. Ansari completed a cosmonaut training
program at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center located in Star City, Russia. Space Adventures has
previously sent three private explorers to space. In 2001, American Dennis Tito
fulfilled his dream of space travel, and in 2002, the 'First African in Space'
Mark Shuttleworth launched and, last October, American Greg Olsen took flight.
Ansari is a successful entrepreneur. She is chairman and co-founder of Prodea
Systems, Inc. and a member of the X Prize Foundation's Vision Circle, as
well as its Board of Trustees. She was also the title sponsor for the Ansari X
Prize, a $10 million (USD) cash prize for the first non-governmental
organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two
weeks. Prior to co-founding Prodea Systems, in 2006, Mrs. Ansari co-founded
Telecom Technologies, Inc., where she served as the company's co-founder, chief
executive officer and chairman. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
electronics and computer engineering from George Mason
University and a Master of
Science degree in electrical engineering from The George Washington University.
She is currently working toward a Master of Science degree in astronomy from
Adventures, the only company to have successfully launched private explorers to
space, is headquartered in Vienna, Va. with offices in Cape
Canaveral, Fla., Moscow and Tokyo. It offers a variety of programs such as
the availability today for spaceflight missions to the International Space
Station and around the moon, Zero-Gravity and jet flights, cosmonaut training,
spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital
spacecrafts. The company's advisory board includes Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz
Aldrin, Shuttle astronauts Sam Durrance, Robert Gibson, Tom Jones, Byron
Lichtenberg, Norm Thagard, Kathy Thornton, Pierre Thuot, Charles Walker, Skylab
astronaut Owen Garriott and Russian cosmonaut Yuri
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