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October 02, 2006

Anousheh Back on Earth

The capsule carrying the first female space tourist safely touched down on Friday, Sepetember 28. Anousheh Ansari, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and U.S. astronaut Jeffery Williams left the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz capsule after a month of busy activity in space. Anousheh spend 10 days 21 hours and 4 minutes in space. She was not only the first female space tourist but also was the first space blogger.

Excerpts from Anousheh’s Space Blog:

"I have been overwhelmed by the response I'm getting from the world… I am at loss for words… I am deeply touched and will make sure I continue on playing my role in this Quest."

"But this is no longer only my Quest. It is the duty of every one of you to go beyond just reading and writing on the Space Blog. It is your duty to make sure this excitement, this wave, this wonderful force that has awakened the best in us continues on."

"I'm sure you enjoyed reading each others' comments and postings as much as you enjoyed reading mine, and as much as I enjoyed reading them. I bet it felt like you are not the only one anymore and there are literally millions who think like you… It made you feel that you are not alone, that there is hope."

"I don't like to be idealized or become an icon. I'm not special, I just found that light inside me that you all have and got my strength from it. It seems like I found the key to open up your hearts and souls so now you can reach inside and gain strength from there."

"Now that we are here, let's all be equal in this Quest and share the responsibility of saving our world. It is too much for one person but when it is up to all of us, I know we can do it."

Posted by bsilcox at October 2, 2006 10:39 AM



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