13 September 1995
Online - Tourism (Good)
Don't Call Her a Space Tourist...
...just call her rich, talented, and space-bound
by Carol Pinchefsky
by Carol Pinchefsky


According to the New York Times article (registration required), Anousheh Ansari, who will be flying to the International Space Station on Monday, does not like the term "space tourist."

"A tourist is someone who just buys a ticket and then goes somewhere. They donít train for six months, including survival training in water and on land, and try to learn every system on a spacecraft,Ē she is quoted as saying.

Ansari has a master's degree in Electronic Engineering, her own investment company, and an X-Prize renamed for her family. In addition to speaking Farsi, English, and French, Ms. Ansari learned Russian for the occasion of her space adventure.
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Carol Pinchefsky 13 September 1995
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