Anousheh Ansari

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Anousheh Ansari
Anousheh Ansari
Anousheh Raissyan

(1966-09-12) 12 September 1966 (age 57)
Mashhad, Iran
NationalityIranian American
CitizenshipDual Iranian-American[source?]
EducationElectrical engineering and computer science
Alma mater
TitleCEO of X Prize Foundation[1]
Hamid Ansari (m. 1991)
RelativesAmir Ansari (Brother-in-law)
OccupationElectrical Engineer
Space career
Spaceflight participant
Time in space
10d 21h 5m
MissionsSoyuz TMA-9/8

Anousheh Ansari (Persian: انوشه انصاری; née Raissyan;[2] born September 12, 1966) is an Iranian-American engineer. She is the co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems.

On September 18, 2006, a few days after her 40th birthday, she became the first Iranian ever in space. Ansari was the fourth overall self-funded space tourist, and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "X Prize-Our People, Anousheh Ansari, CEO". Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  2. "U.S.: Iranian-American To Be First Female Civilian In Space". RFE/RL. 2006-09-15. Archived from the original on 20 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
  3. "My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved March 21, 2017.