Space Tourist and the Blog from Outer Space

04Oct06

So it happens that, Anousheh Ansari, becomes the first female tourist to pay her way into space. Helen Patricia Sharman was, technically, the first private space tourist. But Helen was also a working British astronaut with a full training regimen, much unlike Anousheh who just happens to be a visiting tourist.

Contrary to many news items which seemed to indicate the lines “A long, long time ago in a country far, far away…” as the first lines of Anousheh’s space blog, the actual blog seems to have something different. Here goes,

I don’t know who is reading this. Maybe you are a young girl, curious to know who I am… Maybe a young man who liked my picture in the paper… Maybe someone who always dreamed about flying to space and wants to know how it feels to be close to realizing this dream…

Indeed, the big flying dream of the little girl has finally been fulfilled. Blogging does give us a way to understand certain firsthand feelings which would otherwise have remained dissolved in the as-a-matter-of-fact words made available through the countless media. Quite apparent in the case of Anousheh as well, as she expresses her final moments before going on board,

As I await this wonderful moment of weightlessness, everything here is starting to weigh more… I can feel the pressure of the air I’m breathing on my chest and it is getting heavier… It feels like waiting in a doctor’s office for the test results.

Finally, at 7:36 pm GMT, on the 21st day of September, in the year 2006, on board the Soyuz, Anousheh Ansari – the first woman tourist in space created another bit of history by publishing the first ever blog post from outer space. Hello World, it said.

I’m finally here… the trip was long but definitely worth it… well let me start from the beginning

You’ve just made history, folks! You’ve just read the first line published to a blog from outer space. And she goes on to describe in minute detail her adventures just before, during and after the launch, from how she felt weightless after the final stage got separated, to how strangely she was giggling all the time.

I was finally able to take a look outside and saw the Earth for the first time… Tears started rolling down my face… this beautiful planet turning graciously about itself, under the warm rays of the Sun.

Probably, an unbelievably enormous amazement tends to render people into a philosophical undertone. Nothing could have matched the beauty of watching Planet Earth rotate with a blissful grace from outer space. And she continues,

How I wished everyone could experience this feeling in their heart, specially those who are at the head of the governments in the world. may be this experience would give them a new perspective and help bring peace to the world.

Thus ended the first ever post from outer space. If only all of us could go to outer space, there would be peace and prosperity in the planet, I guess.

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6 Responses to “Space Tourist and the Blog from Outer Space”

  1. Do you know what she said space smelled like… “burnt almond cookies” .. lol! :)

  2. 2 bewitching

    Alas, if only…

  3. > If only all of us could go to outer space, there would be peace and prosperity in the planet, I guess.

    LOLz.

    Well, I’m sure if all of were in outer space the earth would be a peaceful place indeed :) .

  4. 4 Kishore

    Phoenix,
    If space smelt like burnt almond cookies, I wonder how burnt almond cookies would smell in space..

    Bewitching,
    Hmmm…

    Alternate,
    Indeed! :)
    Thanks for dropping by.

  5. hey, interesting!

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