Anousheh sends a postcard home

Anousheh, front, with astronauts on the space stationSpace tourist Anousheh Ansari has sent home her first holiday “postcard” from her 5,000-star hotel.

The glamorous American tycoon revealed that she can’t stop watching the view of Earth, 220 miles below, from the international space station.

Anousheh, 40, who claims to be the first space blogger, posted a message to friends and family about her $20 million trip, including the two-day journey there in a Russian Soyuz rocket.

She said: “The launch was very smooth. The trip to the station felt long but it was worth it. I cannot keep my eyes off the windows. Earth is magnificent and peaceful from up here. You don’t see any of those awful things you hear on the news, from up here.

“The Earth is so beautiful and if we could all see it this way I’m sure we would do everything in our power to preserve it. I truly hope that more and more people get to experience this trip first hand.”

Anousheh, the world’s first female space tourist, travelled with cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin and Nasa’s Miguel Lopez-Alegria, who have begun a six-month stint aboard the space station.

The Iranian-born home-technology entrepreneur will fly home after eight days in orbit with departing crew members Pavel Vinogradov and Jeff Williams.

The photo shows Anousheh, front, with astronauts on the space station. Nasa TV.

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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