First woman 'space tourist' is - get this - IRANIAN
Not only is she Iranian, but she's Muslim. There goes the phony mainstream assertion that 'Muslim women are oppressed' - flushed out into Space.
Soft-spoken space philanthropist Aneousheh Ansari, whose family sponsored the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private manned spaceflight, bought a seat on Russia's Soyuz capsule for about $20 million after officials ruled out Japanese-born businessman Daisuke Enomoto for undisclosed medical reasons.My question is, if an intelligent Iranian Muslim woman can get along so well with the space shuttle crew despite her lack of professional training, why can't our dumb-ass president and his selected cronies get along with the Iranian government when both groups are comprised of trained professional bureaucrats?
The prospect of his flight had Lopez-Alegria a bit concerned because the boyish Enomoto spoke little English and even less Russian. Ansari, 40, is a native of Iran who immigrated to the United States when she was 16.
She and her family made their fortune in the telecommunications industry.
On Sunday, hours before the rocket lifted off carrying Lopez-Alegria, flight engineer Makhail Tyurin and Ansari, the commander said he is impressed by Ansari's professionalism.
"I recognize the requirements that the Russian space agency has to keep its program alive, we can't do what we're doing without them," he said at a prelaunch press conference.
"If somebody like Anousheh can be that person, then I have come to the realization that not only is it good from a technical standpoint, just to keep the program going," Lopez-Alegria said. "But it's also good from the standpoint that she represents a great dream and a great hope for a lot of people, not just in our country and Iran, but all over the world."
"I was sincerely surprised when we started working together by the high level of professionalism she has even though she's not a professional cosmonaut," Tyurin added, speaking through a translator. "She became such a natural part of our crew we have the impression we've been working together for maybe 10 years."
Ansari said she expects to have full access to the space station.
"I have basically been told I can go anywhere as long as I am very careful and I follow the procedures that have been provided to me," she said in an interview.
Oops, I guess I answered my own question.