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Curious Minds

Iranian Space Pioneer

Anousheh Ansari

Iranian electrical engineer, entrepreneur and former astronaut, Anousheh Ansari was the first female private space explorer to fly to the International Space Station. She explains the challenging journey and the determination needed to reach space after immigrating to the U.S. from Iran. She also became the first person to publish a blog from space. The content invited readers to share her experience with the world. She described the Russian Soyuz capsule during liftoff, talked about the sights and smells of the space station, and explained the intricacies of everyday activities.

28:10 | 2020

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About Anousheh Ansari

Current XPRIZE Foundation CEO, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Anousheh earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

Anousheh is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, a company that will unleash the power of the Internet to all consumers and dramatically alter and simplify consumer’s digital living experience. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of Telecom Technologies, Inc. The company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., in 2000.

To help drive commercialization of the space industry, Anousheh and her family provided title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.

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Tags: XPRIZE, Prodea Systems, Telecom Technologies, Inc., Anousheh's Space Blog,