Space Tourist First To Publish Blog From Outer Space

October 01, 2006

There was blogging from home, from office, from your mobile, on the move, from the flight. And now, there is blogging from space.

Anousheh Ansari, the first female tourist to board the Soyuz fluttering beyond the escape velocity and into the space, also becomes the first human to blog from space. 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 the 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. Anousheh introduces herself in the part of her blog written before her historic flight. An Iranian who migrated to the US and currently a Telecom entrepreneur heading Prodeo Systems, began writing down her feelings "straight from her heart" days before she went on board.

In her post titled The Day has come, her emotions and her mental daze are quite evident, when she was just hours from her flight. She narrates her feelings of being both excited and anxious about her family on Earth and her all-supportive and encouraging crew.

Well, blogging does give us a way of understanding certain firsthand feelings which would otherwise have remained dissolved in the melodramatic as-a-matter-of-fact words of journalism made available through the countless media. But blog, is the medium that speaks the heart of the individual as it beats, and lets the world know there is really something about human emotions beyond the realms of conventional news 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 EST, 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 have just made history, folks! You have 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.

Kishore is a techie based in Bangalore. When he's not writing software, he spends his time writing himself out trying to understand the perfection of reality. Read his musings over life, nature, music and the art of living at Dayswork.
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Space Tourist First To Publish Blog From Outer Space


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October 1, 2006
05:54 PM

did they fuck first or blog first in outerspace?

October 2, 2006
02:22 PM

Kishore : I guess sometimes a small change in the words that the media (news channel and newspaper) gives a whole lot of mis-information..

The first claim that Anousheh Ansari is the first female space tourist is not true.U.K.'s Helen Sharman was the first female space tourist when she flew to Mir in 1991.Check this out in Wikipedia here :

Nadhu: Anousheh Ansari was on a flight to outer space and was not on a flight of fantasy :-),so I guess the 1st point you have raised is baseless and for the 2nd point the entire world is now going ga ga about her blog...

October 2, 2006
09:56 PM

Hmm.. that's a point. But I wonder what was the prompt for such a confusion over the first in space thing...

Citizen Stuart
March 18, 2007
11:10 AM

Tanay, Helen Sharman was not a tourist. I've no idea where that myth comes from, but it's totally untrue. She was selected, employed, trained and flew as a fully-qualified astronaut ("Cosmonaut Researcher" in the Russian parlance), the equivalent of any of the other scientist astronauts who have flown on Soyuz and Space Shuttle flights.

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