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Saturday, September 02, 2006

 
Another Small Step

Iranian-born Texas native citizen Anousheh Ansari will become the Earth's fourth space tourist. She will be the first woman and first ethnic Iranian to earn that honor. (And the first Texan - New York-born Dennis Tito lives in California (reference to his Pacific Palisades home here), Mark Shuttleworth is from South Africa, and Gregory Olsen is apparently from New Jersey, where his company Sensors Unlimited (since acquired by Goodrich) is based.

Some outlets reported that she will also be the first Muslim in space, but Rand Simberg can't find any documentation of her religious affiliation.

Update: In comments, Michael takes issue with my use of the word "native" - the term usually means, to quote Merriam-Webster, "one born or reared in a particular place." The dictionary also accepts a looser definition: "a local resident; especially : a person who has always lived in a place as distinguished from a visitor or a temporary resident." Since I meant "citizen," I'll use that word.




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