Anousheh Ansari
First Female Private Space Explorer
Host: Said & Dari
Aired: Wednesday 7.9.08 - 10:00-11:00 PM EST

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On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Anousheh earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

Anousheh immigrated to the United States as a teenager who did not speak English. She earned a bachelorís degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a masterís degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. She has an honorary doctorate from the International Space University. She is currently working toward a masterís degree in astronomy from Swinburne University.

She believes the key to a better future for humankind is in the hands of our young generation, and it is up to us to provide them with the right tools through education and as good role models. Through it all, Anousheh continues to quote Gandhi, one of her personal heroes, who said, Be the change you want to see in the world.

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