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X-Prize Funder Will Be First Female Tourist In Space

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the where-no-woman-has-gone-before dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Reuters has the news that Anousheh Ansari, the funder of the X Prize, has been named as the first female tourist in space. She'll be going up in mid-September after a Japanese entrepeneur was deemed unfit for the trip." From the article: "Ansari, a 39-year-old chairwoman and co-founder of Prodea Systems, Inc., a digital home technology company, will be the world's fourth space tourist. 'Anousheh Ansari has been officially named to the Soyuz TMA-9 primary crew,' Space Adventures, working in partnership with Russia's space agency Roskosmos to launch space tourists, said in a statement."

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Gotta say it... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984250)

The shuttle will now be pulling over every half an hour so she can go to the bathroom and stretch her legs.

Re:Gotta say it... (3, Interesting)

megaditto (982598) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984279)

Not that funny. Going to the bathroom at zero-G is not pretty. While males have a condom-like urine collection device, females are forced to essentially urinate into a diaper. I guess this is because things like catheters carry a high risk of injury and infection.

Also, it is impossible to have a smoke in space since the matches cannot be lit up.

Re:Gotta say it... (2, Funny)

BrunoBigfoot (996441) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984301)

Really? I never would have guessed. I thought the joke was taking stereotypical male complaints about stereotypical female behaviour while road travelling and finding the space travel equivalent. But then again, I am fairly familiar with face-value humour.

Re:Gotta say it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984523)

>Also, it is impossible to have a smoke in space since the matches cannot be lit up.

they could be lit up, but they would burn very slowly with a spherical flame and soon extinguish themselves with their own smoke because of the missing convection. it should be possible to solve this by blowing air to the flame while lighting the cigarette or whatever.

however, you can always use electric vaporizers.

Re:Gotta say it... (1)

redleaf8 (894893) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984641)

How do you do #2?

Re:Gotta say it... (2, Informative)

redleaf8 (894893) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984652)

Forget it Google is my friend.

http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answer s/970411a.html [nasa.gov]

The Question
(Submitted April 11, 1997)

My first graders want to know, How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space? I think the potty chair is in place. Is this correct?

The Answer
We have come up with a number of answers to your question. We will let you, as the professional teacher, decide which is appropriate for your classroom and what is best left to the teachers lounge.

I. The Official NASA pages:

A. There is a nice space shuttle web page at: http://shuttle.nasa.gov/ [nasa.gov] Digging in there I found a Q&A Web page. Here's what it says: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/reference/faq/ living.html [nasa.gov]

6. How do you take a bath, brush your teeth, and go to the bathroom in space?

We do not have a bath or shower on the Shuttle, so we just wash off with wet washcloths, using soaps that you don't have to rinse off. When we brush our teeth, we can either swallow the toothpaste or spit it into a washcloth. Designing a toilet for zero-gravity is tougher. We use air flow to make the urine or feces go where we want, since gravity will not do it for us. You have to be more careful and think about what you are doing with the toilet in the Shuttle.

B. Another colleague pointed out that Johnson Space Center is the home of the astronauts, and they have some web pages dealing with this issue too. (We really know little more than you do about the astronaut program -- but they do.)

Their home page at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/ [nasa.gov] has links for KIDS, EDUCATORS, and more.

I went to their page: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/more.html [nasa.gov] and this is what I found:

This used to be under the old FAQ at Spacelink. It has since been removed.

4. HOW DO ASTRONAUTS GO TO THE BATHROOM AND TAKE CARE OF OTHER PERSONAL HYGIENE?
Each Space Shuttle has a toilet that can be used by both men and women. Designed to be as much as possible like those on Earth, the units use flowing air instead of water to move waste through the system.

Solid wastes are compressed and stored on-board, and then removed after landing. Waste water is vented to space, although future systems may recycle it. The air is filtered to remove odor and bacteria and then returned to the cabin.

Astronauts brush their teeth just like they do on Earth. There is no shower on the Shuttle, so astronauts must make do with sponge baths until they return home.

The toilet that was first flown aboard STS-54 is completely new in design and offers new and improved features:

The new toilet features better hygiene, larger storage capacity, greater dependability, and an overall cost savings in maintenance.

-The previous model had a 14-day capacity for storage of waste material. The new model has an unlimited storage capacity.

-The new model features a cylinder system where a plastic bag is placed in the toilet before use. The bag is then sealed and is forced to the bottom of the cylinder after each use by a plunger attached to a lever. A new bag is then placed in the toilet for the next astronaut. When the cylinder is filled, it is replaced by a new cylinder.

-The previous model relied on air flow to pull the waste to a holding tank. None of the waste was separated as it is now. The new system provides better hygiene conditions. There was no way to empty the old system. When it was full, it simply could hold no more waste materials. It had a 14 day capacity.

-The new toilet also provides an odor-free environment. The old model did not.

-The opening in the lid of the toilet was increased from 4" to 8", allowing for easier handling of the plastic storage bags.

-The urine collection system was also improved. A newer type of fan system is being used to force the urine to a holding tank where it is periodically ejected into space, where it vaporizes.

-The previous system had trouble with corrosion in the fan system.

-The new toilet can be cleaned without removal from the orbiter at the completion of the mission, reducing the cost of servicing.

-The previous system must be removed and sent to a company in Houston, Texas for servicing.

I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Keohane and most all of the Ask an Astrophysicist Team
-- for Imagine the Universe!

Questions on this topic are no longer responded to by the "Ask an Astrophysicist" service. See http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/ask_an _astronomer.html [nasa.gov] for help on other astronomy Q&A services.

Re:Gotta say it... (1, Funny)

slashbob22 (918040) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984569)

I personally hope she doesn't nag the pilot to death.

- You're going to fast,
- Watch out for that satellite
- Meteors these days, No respect anymore

I kidd and I for one welcome our space visiting overlord. Everyone practice now - "Yes, Dear".

Re:Gotta say it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984814)

Gotta say it right back: The shuttle will not have any further navigational issues or problems because she won't have any problems asking for directions . . .

Hmmm (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984254)

Isn't it implicitly sexist to make such a big deal out of the first woman in space? Unless we're going to have stories over the first green eyed person in space and the first left hander etc. ad nauseam. Why pick this person out as exceptional?

Re:Hmmm (2, Interesting)

pedantic bore (740196) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984281)

Well, she is darned exceptional.

But you're right, the sexist spin of the article is both disgusting and archaic -- but easily explained. "Nth space tourist" doesn't get a headline; "First female space tourist" does. Given that these companies are trying to promote space tourism, they are likely to issue press releases with whatever hook will help get them published. "First space tourist with green eyes", etc. might not play in Peoria, but I bet we'll see "First grandma space tourist", "first cancer survivor space tourist", etc sooner or later.

Re:Hmmm (4, Interesting)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984361)

But you're right, the sexist spin of the article is both disgusting and archaic -- but easily explained. "Nth space tourist" doesn't get a headline; "First female space tourist" does.

Indeed. I actually tried submitting this story to slashdot a few days ago, but I didn't emphasize the "first female space tourist" angle. This was rejected, along with a later variant. For the curious, here's the text of my submissions. The submissions also include links to some better articles, and Anousheh Ansari's official site. For those of you who are curious, the links also contain photos of Ansari:

X Prize Donor to Visit ISS

The BBC reports that engineer-entrepreneur (and Iranian-American) Anousheh Ansari will be the next self-funded visitor [bbc.co.uk] to the International Space Station. Anousheh Ansari [anoushehansari.com] is known for her multi-million dollar donation to the Ansari X Prize and her company's funding of plans to build private spaceports in Singapore and the UAE. She will launch to the ISS on a Russian rocket next month.

The BBC reports that engineer-entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari will be the next self-funded visitor [bbc.co.uk] to the International Space Station. Known for her multi-million dollar donation to the Ansari X Prize, she will launch to the ISS on a Russian rocket next month, fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut. Ansari recently discussed [space.com] her hopes for Bigelow Aerospace -- which successfully launched their private space station prototype this summer -- to provide a better-suited destination for an increased number of commercial astronauts in the future.

mod parent up (1)

ToastyKen (10169) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984882)

Kinda sad. Despite all the jokes, /. is pretty progressive compared to the rest of the world, but some biases are hard to shake, I guess. I'm sure /. gets tons of submissions, and yours could've simply slipped through the cracks, but it's also quite likely that the person reading this one was like, "oo! a woman!" :P

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15985220)

Indeed. I actually tried submitting this story to slashdot a few days ago, but I didn't emphasize the "first female space tourist" angle. This was rejected, along with a later variant. For the curious, here's the text of my submissions.
I'd argue that your odd use of the phrase "self-funded visitor" instead of "space tourist" had as much to do with your submissions being ignored as not emphasizing the "female" angle. It's like passive-agressive attack on the idea that this is just a rich person paying for a pleasure trip to space, which is in fact exactly the situation.

Re:Hmmm (1)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985309)

I'd argue that your odd use of the phrase "self-funded visitor" instead of "space tourist" had as much to do with your submissions being ignored as not emphasizing the "female" angle. It's like passive-agressive attack on the idea that this is just a rich person paying for a pleasure trip to space, which is in fact exactly the situation.

And I'd argue that the first "female space tourist" was actually Helen Sharman [msn.com] , who flew to Mir after winning a British lottery. After all, people who win a trip to Bermuda are still considered tourists. The fact that she paid for herself is really the only difference here, and that's why I emphasized it.

Re:Hmmm (5, Informative)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984296)

Isn't it implicitly sexist to make such a big deal out of the first woman in space?

Well, it was 1963, you have to make some allowances for the attitudes of the time. Eileen Collins was the first shuttle commander after the Columbia disaster and Ansari will be the 40somthingth woman in space.

KFG

Re:Hmmm (5, Informative)

spaceyhackerlady (462530) | more than 7 years ago | (#15986165)

Well, it was 1963, you have to make some allowances for the attitudes of the time. Eileen Collins was the first shuttle commander after the Columbia disaster and Ansari will be the 40somthingth woman in space.

In 1963 everything to do with space was A Big Deal.

At the time of Mercury and Gemini a number of women quietly tried out to be astronauts. They did well, but NASA would have absolutely nothing to do with women in space. The 20 year gap between Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride included U.S. president Nixon signing legislation mandating equal employment opportunity for all U.S. federal government agencies. There were no exceptions, so NASA was dragged kicking and screaming in to the 20th century.

...laura, who meets Shuttle height requirements but would need to lose some weight

Re:Hmmm (3, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#15986317)

In 1963 everything to do with space was A Big Deal.

I remember.

They did well, but NASA would have absolutely nothing to do with women in space.

Bloody goddam shame, but then at the time it was a big deal that Jackie wore pants. There were less well known women who got assaulted for doing the same, as I was once assaulted for letting my hair grow long.

People are funny critters.

KFG

Re:Hmmm (1, Interesting)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984856)

Well, she is an Iranian woman, not a country that is, how shall we say, enlightened when it comes to women's rights. Whether or not this will make a damn bit of difference to some 13 year old girl forced to wear a hijab and told she can't get a good education because of her gender remains to be seen.

Re:Hmmm (1)

arivanov (12034) | more than 7 years ago | (#16022641)

As a matter of fact Iran out of all middle east muslim countries (if we consider turkey to be outside the ME) has the most women rights. IIRC they are entitled to vote, have education, have a profession and the hijab in Iran is not mandatory. It would have been even better if USA/UK did not sponsor the putch that put back the Shah into power overturning the Mossadeh government in the 50-es.

You are mistaking Iran for Saudi Arabia where the women are not even allowed to drive or go out of the house without being accompanied by a male member of the family.

Anyway, this is all offtopic. What is ontopic is that the founder of the Ansari prise seems to not believe in her own mission of promoting private travel into space. At least it looks like she does not believe in it being available within her lifetime. If she does, why the f*** is she booking a seat on a Soyuz?

Re:Hmmm (1)

solitas (916005) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985044)

Why pick this person out as exceptional?

Money talks, and self-promotion is everything? She's just another high-paying piece of baggage.

Re:Hmmm (2, Insightful)

smallpaul (65919) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985331)

Isn't it implicitly sexist to make such a big deal out of the first woman in space?

No. Women (especially Iranian women) have greater hurdles to their accomplishment. So the article highlights that she's done something unique by overcoming those extra hurdles. It is only sexist to highlight this if one presumes that these hurdles are innate and not imposed. Second, such a media event could encourage young girls to reject sterotypes and study science and business. This could help increase the pool of engineers and entrepreneurs. Third, because men tend to be dominant in society, one tends to assume things like that the funders of the X-Prize are likely to be all men. Correcting this misperception helps to dispell the underlying stereotypes. So I think it is good to publicize this aspect.

Re:Hmmm (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 7 years ago | (#15986178)

Isn't it implicitly sexist to make such a big deal out of the first woman in space? Unless we're going to have stories over the first green eyed person in space and the first left hander etc. ad nauseam. Why pick this person out as exceptional?

I take your point in general - but it doesn't apply to Slashdot, which appears to have covered previous space tourists anyway (e.g., see http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/10/0 1/1625202 [slashdot.org] ).

Has there been vastly more media coverage over this because she's female? I haven't really noticed that.

To all you geeks knocking her (3, Insightful)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984255)

I don't recall people having this attitude when Shuttleworth went up, so why all the smartarse comments just because she's female? She's done more with her life than most of you ever will. Mad props to her, she's worked hard to make this happen.

Re:To all you geeks knocking her (1, Insightful)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984261)

Mad props to her

I don't recall people saying any such thing when any of the male tourists went up. So why offer her congratulations just because she's female?

Oh and as for the comments. It's called having a sense of humour. You may want to look it up in a dictionary.

Re:To all you geeks knocking her (1)

crazyjimmy (927974) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985184)

Of course, to be fair, when the first male astronaut went up, people weren't making jokes about he wasn't going to stop for directions. I don't think it's inappropriate to counter bad-sexism with good... I just wish we didn't need it to begin with :P

Re:To all you geeks knocking her (1)

UberGüber (122601) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984271)

Actually, I've got nothing against her. I just couldn't come up with a good Christa McAuliffe reference on the fly.

Now that I think of it, Christa McAuliffe WAS the first female space tourist. ...well, parts of her were, anyway.

Re:To all you geeks knocking her (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984468)

She's done more with her life than most of you ever will.

Well, her company "Prodea Systems" only seems to be mentioned in reference to the astronaut article; I couldn't find a web site for it (although someone else might want to do a deeper GIS). Of course, it helps to have a wealthy husband (Amir Ansari) who is the co-founder of a venture capital company called, curiously, "Prodea".

Re:To all you geeks knocking her (1)

Edzor (744072) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984706)

what does "Mad props" mean? Personally i wouldn't want to give anyone an agitated propeller, let alone two.

  im not stupid, just british :)

  also wasnt the last female "tourist" the "teacher in space"..........

First post, man. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984278)

I GOT FIRST PoST!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111

Would you go? (2, Interesting)

legoburner (702695) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984285)

If you had the spare $20million knocking around, would you head off to the ISS or would you wait for the cheaper, (safer?) Virgin Galactic service to start trips to 100km up? Virgin costs $200000 per trip... is the ISS trip worth 100 times more?

Personally I'd sooner go for 100 trips on Virgin Galactic. Maybe when the ISS is complete it will be more tempting, but only when the Disney fun modules are complete and equipped. (Not to mention the italian restaurant module).

Re:Would you go? (2, Insightful)

starbird (409793) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984288)

There is a huge difference between a suborbital hop lasting 15-20 minutes, and a 1 or 2 week stay in microgravity.

20million is cheap.

Re:Would you go? (1)

Kittoa (218844) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984304)

If you had the spare $20million knocking around, would you head off to the ISS or would you wait for the cheaper, (safer?) Virgin Galactic service to start trips to 100km up? Virgin costs $200000 per trip... is the ISS trip worth 100 times more?

It depends, if they let me take some special brownies and an mp3 player up there with me, then hell yeah. Otherwise? I'll take the suborbital hop, and eat the brownies at the Spaceport. Also, I believe that they use Soyuz rockets, which are the safest space vehicle currently around, with a 35+ year track record. Against the SpaceShipOne design, which has had what? Three flights?

  -Alex

Re:Would you go? (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984326)

With that kind of grubstake you could go up on Virgin Galactic 5 times a year approximately. . .forever; and still have your twenty mil.

But, as has been pointed out, it ain't orbit.

Personally I'm waiting to be asked.

KFG

Name says it all (1)

Xtifr (1323) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984346)

Virgin "Galactic"? If these people are too stupid to know the difference between a galaxy and a planet, there's no way in hell I'm going to trust them with my precious body! :)

Re:Name says it all (1)

darklordyoda (899383) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985111)

Yeah, I know what you mean. That's why I never watch anything from Universal Pictures. Presumptuous bastards.

Re:Name says it all (1)

Xtifr (1323) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985960)

With "Universal Pictures", I'm only risking $10 or so. With "Virgin Galactic", I'm risking my life. I'm much more willing to allow stupid people to try to entertain me than I am to allow them to strap huge amounts of explosives to my ass! ;)

p.s. while my original post and this one were both tongue-in-cheek, I do have to say that I think whoever came up with the name "Universal Pictures" does deserve to be slapped around with a wet cluefish. Although I suppose I might need a time machine to do so at this point. Oh well. :)

Re:Would you go? (1)

OneoFamillion (968420) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984986)

(Not to mention the italian restaurant module)
Ahh yes, the bistromatic drive. I hear they're a little behind schedule in that area, but rest assured that your orders will be in shortly.

Re:Would you go? (1)

pluther (647209) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985545)

... the italian restaurant module

OK, I take it back. When I said that I will never wait tables again, I wasn't thinking far enough ahead.

This would tempt me back to it.

As a woman, I gotta say "Cool!" (2, Funny)

Mistshadow2k4 (748958) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984295)

But as a nerd, I gotta say "It would be even cooler if she were going to head a project afterward to make a great, totally free Linux distro".

Re:As a woman, I gotta say "Cool!" (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984302)

"It would be even cooler if she were going to head a project afterward to make a great, totally free Linux distro".

I told her we already got one.

KFG

Re:As a woman, I gotta say "Cool!" (1)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985428)

Meanwhile normal men say "It would be even cooler if she were going to head a project to make a great zero-g space porno!"

Oooo (1, Interesting)

Konster (252488) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984380)

Male, female. Don't care what. Buying your way to space is just that weather you wear pantyhose or not.

This is not news. News for those that don't care.

One thing's for sure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984637)

...I bet Ansari can spell "whether".

Literacy counts.

I bet she didn't bank on... (0)

WindowsIsForArseWipe (990338) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984399)

being stuck in a cramped soyuz module with two drunk russin male cosmonoughts...

Re:I bet she didn't bank on... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984420)

She can look forward to things getting hot and steamey on re-entry.

photo caption contest (2, Interesting)

sunhou (238795) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984451)

Surely someone will have a good description of this photo of Anousheh Ansari. [anoushehansari.com]

mnb Re:photo caption contest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984684)

She ain't no Rudi Bakhtiar.

Re:photo caption contest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984785)

Austin Powers: She's a MAN, BABY!

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Jokes aside, I hope and pray that she will have a safe trip and a safe return back to earth.

Until then, I'll be holding my breath...

Rocket Babe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984794)

And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the person they think I am at home
Oh no no no

I'm a Rocket Babe!

Rocket Babe, burning out her fuse up here alone

Re:photo caption contest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15985345)

Caption:
(Ernest Borgnines voice)

"X prize?!? I've been in space for 5 months, I'm getting my sex prize!"

Re:photo caption contest (1)

BrunoBigfoot (996441) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985526)

Bryan Singer is apparently filming his next movie sequel, "Supergirl Returns".
 
Up, up, and away!

What the (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984454)

Why the fuck are we letting some dirty Iranian whore into space?

Re:What the (2, Insightful)

khallow (566160) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984524)

Because she paid 20 million USD to be there. Come on! That was easy.

Re:What the (1)

pgolik (526039) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985175)

Yep, that was the easy part. Earning those M$ starting out as an immigrant girl - that was the hard part. Try to do better, and then comment.

Re:What the (1)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985512)

Yep, that was the easy part. Earning those M$ starting out as an immigrant girl - that was the hard part. Try to do better, and then comment.

The parent was defending her, don't flame him. Why is it the internet always turns ordinary people into arseholes?

By the way, when you mean dollars not Microsoft, you don't have to put the letter M in front of it, unless Morroco, Mexico, Myanmar, Madagascar or somewhere else switches to dollars.

Re:What the (1)

pgolik (526039) | more than 7 years ago | (#15988939)

But the grandparent and most other threads were attacking her. And it's M as in "mega" or million. Ever heard of the SI system?

Re:What the (1)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 7 years ago | (#15990802)

Hey, just because other people were being jerks doesn't give you the right to be a jerk to someone who wasn't being one. I think you're just trying to rationalise now. Maybe some of them wern't attacking her, but were complaining because they think a space program should be used for science, not as a holiday for rich people. Frankly, I think that if Roskosmos is managing to fund itself through space tourism then its fair enough, given the amount of real science they also do, I mean its not as if NASA, ESA etc. don't launch commercial satilites for money. Though it is kind of ironic that President Putin's government is busy eliminating private industry in Russia and locking up rich entrepenours while Russia is copping flack from NASA for their space tourism program.

Also, a dollar isn't a SI unit. When you want to use a SI multiplyer you put it at the end, like $300K to remove ambiguity with things like US$, CA$ NZ$ AU$ etc. M$ means microsoft on slashdot and given your slashdot UID is lower than mine, you should know that by now.

Enomoto ain't going? (2, Interesting)

Megane (129182) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984547)

It was only last week, but I'm surprised that I hadn't heard in the "usual places" (slashdot, digg) that Dice-K [dice-k.com] (check out that picture!) got grounded. Damn, now we don't get to make jokes about Otakus! In! Space! Rumor had it he was planning to wear some sort of costume [google.com] while up there.

Trivia: it was only revealed a few months ago (because that's now long it took Neil to realize it) that translator Neil Nadelman came up with that nickname.

Re:Enomoto ain't going? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984608)

Yeah, don't know how he's going to stay out of jail now.

Sorry ..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984632)

No Dice!

Re:Enomoto ain't going? (1)

saskboy (600063) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985168)

"after a Japanese entrepeneur was deemed unfit for the trip"

Darn, that's gotta hurt, eh? All the money in the world can't buy... love, happiness, or a flight to the ISS.

Re:Enomoto ain't going? (1)

Danny Rathjens (8471) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985591)

The BBC article mentioned that also:
The Japanese businessman - a young-at-heart science-fiction fan - had sent ahead his spacesuit: an outfit modelled after cartoon pilot hero Char Aznable from the Gundam animation series.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5278190.stm [bbc.co.uk]
That article also has a picture showing that she is quite pretty on top of being smart and wealthy. If she weren't married, I think she'd be getting more marriage proposals from us geeks than congratulatory messages from Iranian women. :)

The second female in space... (1)

poormanjoe (889634) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984719)

Will be Katsumi with a live video feed for only $49.99. Which will pay for her trip expences and put her just behind Oprah as the richest woman in the world.

Feminists (1)

janestarz (822635) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984725)

And currently all the feminists are trying to decide between "Yay for her" and "Why does it have to be mentioned she's the first female tourist in space?"
She's just the so-and-so many tourist in space. Why is it special she's a female, just because she has to wear a diaper when trying to pee??
Sheesh. I'll just go with the "wish I was her" here.

She's the sixth tourist, not the fourth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15984775)

Most reporters get this wrong. She'll be the fourth tourist that Space Adventures has put up. But she'll be the world's sixth:

1. U.S. Senator Jake Garn
2. U.S. Congressman Bill Nelson
3. Dennis Tito
4. Mark Shuttleworth
5. Gregory Olsen
6. Anousheh Ansari

She's not the sixth nor the first female tourist. (1)

A non-mouse Cow Herd (67426) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985864)

Even that isn't right. Several of the Mir visitors should be on that list too, and perhaps a couple of other shuttle passengers (Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud [wikipedia.org] for example). Certainly Helen Sharman [wikipedia.org] counts as a female tourist, since she essentially won her ride a sweepstakes. Toyohiro Akiyama [wikipedia.org] might count as a tourist too, although I suppose you could argue that he was a journalist on assignment.

The only thing that makes the Space Adventures tourists different is that they paid their own way, which isn't actually a defining characteristic of a tourist.

She Deserves This (5, Interesting)

Rob Carr (780861) | more than 7 years ago | (#15984843)

Anoushe Ansari funded the X-Prize. She deserves this, and yet she's paying for it -- again helping to grow the private space industry.

Even more entertaining, she's a lot of people's worst nightmare:

  • The Muslim extremists are horrified that a woman is accomplishing so much...and not having to walk 10 paces behind the Soyuz on the way to orbit.
  • The Christian extremists are horrified that a woman is accomplsihing so much...and not having to walk 10 paces behind the Soyuz on the way to orbit.
  • The Iranians are horrified because it's showing their people what the West and a modern lifestyle can provide.
  • George Allen is terrified he'll forget and refer to her as "Macaca".
  • The American loonies -- how long until the paranoid "They shouldn't allow Muslims on the space station" screaming starts?
  • Slashdot readers are horrified because she's a beautiful, intelligent woman who wouldn't go out with them, if they could even get the courage to ask her out in the first place.
  • I'm horrified because I blogged about Ms. Ansari going 4 days ago [unspace.net] and never thought to submit it to Slashdot.

Godspeed Anoushe Ansari. I hope you have a great time.

Re:She Deserves This (1)

blank axolotl (917736) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985344)

You're right, she makes a good symbol.

Sadly though, I don't think most of those people will ever hear about her, since what they don't want to hear won't be reported to them. (by the media they listen to). So it goes...

Re:She Deserves This (1)

Danny Rathjens (8471) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985618)

She does seem like an awesome person. This quote gave me a hopeful, warm, fuzzy feeling:
"One good thing is, maybe, I will generate some positive media about the Middle East with everything going on," said Ansari, who was born in Iran. "I've gotten so many calls and e-mails and mail, especially from women in Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries that are excited that someone from [there] gets to go up...and a woman!"
http://www.space.com/news/060810_ansari_spaceprep. html [space.com]

is this feminism at work? (1)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985038)

Why can't she just be called 'the second (or Nth) tourist'

I'd be pissed.

We will know the PC fabric is being stretch thin when we hear about 'the 1st half brazilian, half japanese albino, siamese twins in space'.

ffs. making a big deal about the fact she is a female, is so stupid.

I mean, if someone with more melanin wins an oscar, yeah, ok that is news, but women have been in space, can they just go ONE day with the feminist media exploiting their sex for headlines?

Who gives a fuck if she is an innie or an outtie. just let her travel up there as a person.

I heard a rumour that this CAPTCHA (t-fucking-m) will be fixed before 2009. I am not convinced. Who else thinks the CAPTCHA placement will be fixed before 2009, and someone LOGGING IN and posting a comment will not be required to fucking type the word.

gay.

please type the word in this image: sanely verification text - if you are visually impaired, please email us at pater@slashdot.org

Re:is this feminism at work? (1)

be-fan (61476) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985302)

There is no feminist media at work here. The fact that this is news is the result of the fact that its novel to people. The world is not what you seem to think it is. If it were truely equal, then it wouldn't be news at all. If the probability of a space tourist (or founder of a tech company or benefactor of scientific a scientific prize, for that matter) being a women was an even 50%, then nobody would report this, because nobody would find it interesting. But it's not. It's quite rare for a women to do any of these things*, and as a result, it makes for interesting news.

*) Now, you can argue on why it rare, but that's orthogonal to this discussion. You don't seem to think its the result of innate differences between men and women (a stance which is probably more than a bit naive), in which case you must admit that its the result of social constraints which guide women away from these roles. Either way, it's something worth highlighting, and hence something that is newsworthy.

Re:is this feminism at work? (1)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985807)

Why can't she just be called 'the second (or Nth) tourist'

I'd be pissed.


It's also worth noting that her official website [anoushehansari.com] doesn't make any mention of her being the 'first female space tourist.' Instead, she describes herself as 'the fourth private space explorer to visit space, and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.'

Re:is this feminism at work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15986683)

Umm...
About Anousheh->Second Paragraph->First Sentence: "Anousheh is capturing headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer".

That's close enough to 'first female space tourist' for me.

Re:is this feminism at work? (1)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 7 years ago | (#15987987)

About Anousheh->Second Paragraph->First Sentence: "Anousheh is capturing headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer".

That's close enough to 'first female space tourist' for me.


Wow. I lose at speed-reading.

_THE_ funder of the X Prize? (1)

StRex (32430) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985373)

The Ansari family did indeed generously donate a great deal of money to the X Prize foundation, so much so that the prize name changed from the "X Prize" to the "Ansari X Prize." In no way would I want to take away from their generosity. However, it's unfair to the many other people who donated gobs of money [xprizefoundation.com] , years before the Ansari family's donation, to make the Ansaris out to be the sole investors. (Look at the donor list, linked above, and you'll see that many others were donating serious wads of cash as well.) The X Prize foundation was founded in 1994, and had announced $5 million in prize money in 1998. The Ansari donation (and subsequent name change) occurred in 2004 [xprizefoundation.com] .

sort of the first tourist... (1)

cellocgw (617879) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985397)

I know Christa McAuliffe was well trained and had mission responsibilities, but she was for all practical purposes a tourist (and a NASA public relations stunt).

What? No terrorist jokes? (3, Insightful)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 7 years ago | (#15985762)

All the jokes so far, at least the ones modded up have been about her being a woman. Big deal, chicks in space, it has been done before people. Won't someone think of the children? What we should be worried about are the terrorists! She's Iranian and we all know they are part of the axis of evil terror boogey-people, so:
  1. Will the TSA make her take her shoes off before boarding the rocket?
  2. At rocket school did she go to the how to pilot a rocket classes, but skipped the ones on landing?
  3. Where was she when the Challenger blew up?
  4. Did Osama promise her 72 male virgins in the afterlife?
  5. Does she have ID? Terrorists never have ID, so that will keep the rocket safe.
  6. She better not bring a water bottle on board, she might make a bomb out of water and blow up the space station.

Wow! What a hottie! (1)

dave1g (680091) | more than 7 years ago | (#15986383)

She's hot, and she has a brain! amazing.

I wish I had 20 million to go to space with her, and be the first to have sex in space too!

Oh well... a guy can dream right?
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