Into outer space

Growing up in Iran, Anousheh Ansari dreamt of going into space just like on Star Trek, and in September 2006 she became the first woman private space explorer travelling to and staying onboard of ISS. Sharing an awe-inspiring video of her flight to space, Ansari talks about the mind-boggling technology advancements to expect in the coming decades, and reminds us that the future is what we imagine it to be.

Recorded at INK Asia 2015, Singapore


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Anousheh Ansari

First female space tourist

On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines as the first female private space explorer travelling to and staying onboard of International Space Station. Back on Earth, as a successful serial entrepreneur, Anousheh returned to her job as co-founder and chairman of her latest technology company, Prodea Systems.

In her previous endeavor, she had served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of the board for Telecom Technologies, Inc. An active proponent of world-changing technologies and social entrepreneurship, in 2004 Anousheh and her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. Currently Anousheh works to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally, with organizations such as ASHOKA and X-PRIZE.

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