Anousheh’s close shave in space

Anousheh watches a weightless appleSpace tripper Anousheh Ansari opened her travel bag in orbit to find a razor and shaving cream, she has revealed.

Russian organisers of her out-of-this-world holiday gave the world’s first female space tourist a man’s toilet kit.

Anousheh, 40, was only switched to the Soyuz flight to the International Space Station last month after Japanese internet entrepreneur Daisuke Enomoto – Dice-K – failed a medical.

US business tycoon Anousheh, who has paid around $20 million for eight days on the space station, is writing the first blog from space.

She said: “Each person has a personal hygiene kit where they keep their stuff like toothbrush, shaving kit, creams etc. I got Dice-K’s kit so it had a razor and lots of shaving cream, but no makeup.”

Star Trek fan Anousheh, who runs a home-technology company, Prodea Systems, in Texas, says that keeping clean is a challenge in the orbiting outpost 220 miles high. There are no normal taps or showers and water doesn’t run, it floats.

She added in the blog: “The most interesting experience — or I should call it experiment — is washing your hair. Now I know why people keep their hair short in space.

“You basically take a water bag and slowly make a huge water bubble over your head and then very very gently, using a dry shampoo, you wash your hair. At the slightest sudden movement, little water bubbles start floating everywhere.

Anousheh also revealed that she is relaxing in orbit by listening to her iPod. She first slipped on her headphones to help her get to sleep aboard her Soyuz flight to the space station.

She said she climbed, weightless, into her sleeping bag, hanging in the spacecraft’s habitation module, adding: “It reminded me of bats who sleep hanging upside-down from their cave ceiling.

“I was able to locate my iPod in my bag and I was a happy camper. I put on my headphones and went to sleep in my Bat sack.”

The Iranian-born entrepreneur said she got seasick on the flight into space from Kazakhstan. She threw up a couple of times and had to be given injections over the two-day flight to cure her motion sickness.

Anousheh is due to arrive home on Thursday with the space station’s departing crew members Pavel Vinogradov and Jeff Williams.

The picture shows Anousheh relaxing with an Apple (no, not the iPod).

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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