Links- Anousheh Ansari, of “Ansari/X Prize” fame, soon to be the first woman space tourist

Anousheh Ansari in a space suit Iranian American Anousheh Ansari will become the first woman to fly to space as a tourist on September 18, as reported by CNN, The Association for Amateur Radio, Science Blog,, and her own blog, among many many others. Congratulations, Ms. Ansari!

A woman and comedian, I think it was Elayne Boosler, once said something like, “Thank goodness we have Bill Clinton in the White House. At last, a President we can actually imagine sleeping with!” (This was before Clinton’s misbehavior and subsequent vast right-wing conspiracy vote for impeachment.) With all due respect to Ms. Ansari, I am somehow reminded of that joke now…

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