Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Space Blogger

Got this from reading TMQ on ESPN.  Becha didn't know about this:

    Anousheh Ansari, history's first female space tourist, last week landed safely in Kazakhstan after a stay aboard the International Space Station. Surprisingly little attention was paid to her flight, considering Ansari, an American, is not only the first woman to pay for space tourism but is an Iranian-born self-made millionaire. Also, Ansari became the first person ever to blog from space. Ansari flew to orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome, which during the Moon race days was the secret stronghold of Soviet space activity. TMQ likes that at the moment the engines on her rocket ignited, Ansari hollered poyekhali! -- "let's go!" or even "charge!" in Russian. Poyekhali! is what Yuri Gagarin hollered in 1961 at the moment the engines ignited on the flight that made him the first member of genus Homo to reach space. Nice sense of history there.

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