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First female space tourist blasts off

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A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has blasted off carrying a woman set to notch up three space records: The first female tourist, first female Muslim, and first Iranian in orbit.


Anousheh Ansari, 40, an Iranian-American telecommunications entrepreneur, joined a Russian cosmonaut and a US astronaut in the Soyuz TMA-9 for a flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday.

The Soviet-designed spacecraft lifted off into a clear blue sky at 0409 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

But she was told to remove an Iranian flag from her spacesuit and, at the insistence of the Russian and US governments, promised that there would be no political messages during her trip.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8CAA62AB-9145-49AA-8986-EA794A449C62.htm

Yes I'm sure President Alespellingmistake is going to let that one pass him right by.
 

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