Engineering Alumna Ansari Is Aboard the International Space Station

Posted: September 20, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Mason alumna Anousheh Ansari, BS Computer and Electrical Engineering ’89, successfully arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) around 1:21 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday. Ansari is part of the three-member Soyuz TMA-9 crew that took off from the Baikonur Cosmodome in Kazakhstan on Monday.

Around 4:34 a.m., Ansari and fellow crew members NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin came aboard the ISS where they were greeted by NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Reiter.

In preparation for the trip, Ansari spent several months completing a cosmonaut training program at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center located in Star City, Russia.

During her time at the space station, Ansari also will be conducting a number of experiments for the European Space Agency looking at anemia, lower back pain and the effects of space radiation on crew members.

Ansari will be aboard the ISS for eight days and will return to Earth on Sept. 28. Read more about her in the Gazette article.

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