I Feel A Fatwa Coming On….
Via Robot Guy who quips “This is going to piss off Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”
Spaceports on the first Iranian scheduled to fly to the International Space Station;
As a child, Anousheh Ansari begged her mother to let her sleep on the balcony of their home near Tehran, Iran. She would gaze into the velvety darkness, drift off to sleep and visit the stars. Most childhood dreams disappear when the sun rises on adulthood and people are blinded by responsibilities, time and money.
But it didn’t happen that way for Mrs. Ansari, a Texas businesswoman, who could not speak English when she immigrated to nothern Virginia as a teenager. In 2000, she sold her family’s telecommunications business for $750 million and she is now launching a new telecom business along with partnerships to build a suborbital space fleet complete with two commercial tourist spaceports. On the web: http://www.anoushehansari.com/.
Anousheh may actually be a plus for American relations with the people of Iran in both the short-term and long-term. She will be a role model to women the world over and esepcially Iranian and American women along with all who advocate greater public access to space.
Let us all cheer Anousheh Ansari as she goes into outer space on her quest ‘to be the change.’