Thursday, August 24, 2006

Good for her!

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Fortune smiles on space race sponsor

On Tuesday, Anousheh Ansari was confirmed as the replacement for Japanese businessman Daisuke Enomoto as a fare-paying passenger onboard the next Russian rocket mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Lift-off for the Soyuz capsule that will carry Mrs Ansari and two members of the next ISS crew is scheduled for 14 September from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

In her quest to fly in space, Mrs Ansari, co-founder of Texas-based Telecom Technologies, helped seed the development of a private spaceflight industry by donating $10m for the X-Prize competition, which was awarded in 2004 for the first pair of suborbital manned flights.

Too bad for Mr. Enomoto, but if he gets to go later he'll probably get to take the new 90-minute spacewalk option.

The old silver lining? I hope so. May whatever ails him resolve itself soon.

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