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Anousheh Ansari approves the #spaceselfie mission. The Arkyd Space Telescope brings space within reach of everyone. #arkyd

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Anousheh Ansari - 2006, Anousheh became the first Muslim woman in space. When asked about what she hoped to achieve on her spaceflight, she said, "I hope to inspire everyone -- especially young people, women and young girls all over the world and in Middle Eastern countries that do not provide women with the same opportunities as men -- to not give up their dreams and to pursue them."

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On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Anousheh earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. -entrepreneur and co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems -co-founder, CEO and chairman of Telecom Technologies, Inc.

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