Monday, September 25, 2006

Google Interviews Anousheh Ansari From Space Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas
To my complete surprise one of Google's founders interviewed Anousheh Ansari from the international space station. Ansari is the first female space tourist and perhaps the prettiest as well. ;)

Here is a of what Larry Page's interview with the Iranian in space (questions are in bold for you convienence):

What was the most fun in space?
Flying from one end of the Space Station to the other. She's gotten so good that she can nearly make it all the way without hitting any walls.

What was the biggest surprise?
Seeing the Earth rotate for the first time. Every time Anousheh wants to remind herself that she's really in space, she looks out the window, watches the Earth rotating, and pinches herself to make sure she's still awake.

Larry (wistfully): When can we come up to join you?
You'll have to come up one at a time. In any case, construction is speeding up on the International Space Station, so tourists will probably be fewer for the time being. She hopes Larry can improve the food; although the cheese pasta is fun to chase, it's not much fun to eat. At least there are M&Ms.

What would you change about the space station?
(Fast reply): "Add another shower!" And then - "Add Internet access!" (Wild cheering from Googlers.) Right now email is batched. Larry suggested that Anousheh plan that for her next trip -- and she shot back, "Actually, I'm planning my next trip!"

Do you have anything inspirational to say?
"Explore the boundaries. Try new things. Be free-thinkers and use your imaginations. Learn from your environment, your teachers, your books -- but then go beyond your knowledge. I always wanted to go to space, although I didn't wind up working for NASA. I detoured to different areas, but finally I found a way to make it happen."

I have been reading Ansari's blog for quite some time and she seems to be really enjoying micro-gravity while floating around in the ISS.

Her latest post reveals how much respect their is between the astronauts and cosmonauts, and she compares the space station to Earth by saying we have no where else to go so we all better get a long on this planet.

I truly envy this Iranian, although she is planning on going again. I wonder if I'll get a chance to visit space, via a rocket shuttle or a space elevator?

Update: It looks like Ansari has inspired some Iranian women. Heh.

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