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Anousheh Ansari
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Anousheh Ansari

American / Iranian
September 12, 1966Tehran, Iran
Previous Occupation:
Spaceflight participant
Soyuz TMA-9
Anousheh Ansari (Persian: انوشه انصاری) is a co-founder and Chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. (TTI). She is set to become the first Iranian-born person in space and first female space tourist in September 2006. (She paid US$ 20 million to take part in the Russian program.) Along with her brother-in-law Amir Ansari, she made a multi-million dollar contribution to the X-Prize foundation on May 5, 2004, the 43rd anniversary of Alan Shepard's sub-orbital spaceflight. The X-Prize was officially renamed the Ansari X Prize in honour of their donation.
Born in 1966 in Tehran, Iran (Persia), Ansari witnessed the Iranian revolution in 1979. She emigrated to the United States in 1984 at the age of 16 and received her bachelor's of science in electrical engineering and computer science at George Mason University. She received her master's degree at George Washington University.[1]
1 Professional Accomplishments
2 See also
3 References
4 External links

Professional Accomplishments
Ansari, along with her husband Hamid and brother-in-law Amir, founded TTI in 1993. The company was acquired by Sonus Networks, Inc. in 2000. Ansari was listed in Fortune magazine's "40 under 40" list in 2001 and honored by Working Woman magazine as the winner of the 2000 National Entrepreneurial Excellence award.
Most recently, Prodea has announced the formation of a partnership with Space Adventures, Ltd. and the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation (FSA) to create a fleet of suborbital spaceflight vehicles (the Space Adventures Explorer) for global commercial use.[2]
Anousheh Ansari was in training [3] as a backup for Daisuke Enomoto for a Soyuz flight to the International Space Station, through Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's leading space tourism company. On 21 August 2006, Daisuke Enomoto was medically disqualified from flying the Soyuz TMA-9 mission in September. The next day Ansari was elevated to the prime crew, and will go into space sooner than she expected, becoming the fourth, and first female, space tourist.[4]

See also
Iranian women
List of famous Persian women
Prodea - the Ansari space company

^ Emily Yaghmour. Failure Was Never an Option for Mason Alumna. George Mason University alumni newsletter. Retrieved on 2006-08-27.
^ Space Tourism Pioneers, Space Adventures and the Ansari X Prize Title Sponsors, to Provide First Suborbital Spaceflight Tourism Vehicles. PR Newswire. Retrieved on 2006-08-27.
^ Iranian Woman Blazes Trail Into Space. Retrieved on 2006-08-27.
^ Iranian-born American approved to replace Japanese space tourist. Novosti. Retrieved on 2006-08-22.

External links
Personal website and blog
Spacefacts biography of Anousheh Ansari
Report of X Prize Backer Ansari's Space Tourist Plans Not Official, Firm Says
X-Prize's Ansari aims for the ISS -
Up, Up, and Away!
Ansari's profile on Siliconiran
Anousheh Ansari in brief
همه چيز درباره انوشه انصاري
Anousheh Ansari, First Iranian Cosmonaut

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