29 September 1995
News - Tourism (Good)
Ansari Returns to Earth...
...and brings a message of hope
by Carol Pinchefsky
by Carol Pinchefsky

Anousheh Ansari, the Iranian-American entrepeneur and space tourist, has returned to Earth after a ten-day journey in space, eight of which were spent on the International Space Station.

In her blog, Ansari discussed her excitement from being in space and her gratitude for the support she has received from people around the world. More importantly, she described feeling a sense of calm when looking down at the planet; this sensation is better known as the Overview Effect and has been experienced by virtually every person who has been to space.

Ansari rallied her readers into traveling to space themselves: "It is the duty of every one of you to go beyond just reading and writing on the Space Blog. It is your duty to make sure this excitement, this wave, this wonderful force that has awakened the best in us continues on," she wrote.
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Carol Pinchefsky 29 September 1995
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