My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer

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In her heartwarming and empowering memoir, space pioneer Anousheh Ansari tells the story of her childhood in Iran and her family's exodus to America after the Islamic Revolution. After settling down in Texas, Anousheh built a computer technology firm from the ground up, which eventually realized a net worth of $750 million and ultimately allowed her to achieve her childhood dream of spaceflight. In her groundbreaking role as the first-ever female commercial spaceflight participant, her story became politicized ...

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Overview

In her heartwarming and empowering memoir, space pioneer Anousheh Ansari tells the story of her childhood in Iran and her family's exodus to America after the Islamic Revolution. After settling down in Texas, Anousheh built a computer technology firm from the ground up, which eventually realized a net worth of $750 million and ultimately allowed her to achieve her childhood dream of spaceflight. In her groundbreaking role as the first-ever female commercial spaceflight participant, her story became politicized and fraught with the prejudices and obstacles she had to overcome as an Iranian woman, culminating in a debate over whether she would be allowed to display both the American and Iranian flags on the sleeve of her spacesuit.

After her return to Earth, Anousheh started The Ansari Foundation, a quickly growing nonprofit which supports social entrepreneurship, and is especially committed to ensuring the freedom of women around the world and supporting female entrepreneurs. Ultimately, this evocative story shows the triumph of a woman who has become a role model to people around the globe struggling to overcome economic and cultural barriers, as well as those dreamers who look upon the stars and wish to soar among them.

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Editorial Reviews

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"From Iranian refugee to astronaut... This is an amazing biography, an inspiring true story of a woman with huge dreams and the courage of a lion.  Only in America...I loved this book, and you will too." — Stephen Coonts, author of The Disciple, and fifteen New York Times bestselling books

                                                                             

"In My Dream of Stars, Anousheh Ansari allows readers to experience the magic of space while sharing the triumphant story that brought her there. This is an awe-inspiring and heartwarming book." — Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut, Apollo XI

 

"As an entrepreneur myself, I can appreciate the significant challenges Anousheh Anasari  overcame to make her dreams a reality.  Her story is a testament to the power of conviction and to the understanding that through true commitment and unwavering focus, even the unimaginable is possible." — Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors

 

"An astonishing and almost improbable but very human journey - one deftly captured in this book. "I saw a small crystal float away from me... a pretty little diamond... it was one of my tears... My beautiful planet, under the warm rays of the sun, turned gracefully beneath me. I was entranced." Wow - that is just a stunner. I had tears in my eyes reading that passage." - Keith Cowing, Editor, NASAWATCH

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230112216
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,035,087
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari was born in Mashhad, Iran and immigrated to America to eventually become the fourth-ever commercial spaceflight participant and the first Muslim woman to traverse the far reaches of outer space. She is also the founder of the multi-million dollar firm Telecom Technologies and of the Ahoora Foundation. She lives in Dallas, Texas. 

Homer Hickam is the acclaimed author of Rocket Boys, which was adapted into the major theatrical release, October Sky. He is the author of eight other books, including the 1989 military nonfiction bestseller Torpedo Junction and the New York Times bestseller Back to the Moon. He lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

First Stage An Iranian Girl

Growing Up Iranian 3

Revolution 17

Second Stage A Woman of the World

The Alpha Ansari System 29

Texas 51

A New Beginning 71

An Old Dream Comes Alive 89

Third Stage A Woman of the Stars

Star City 101

Training for the Stars 119

A Patch of Trouble 149

Into Space 169

At Home among the Stars 189

Return to Earth 219

Epilogue 227

Index 231

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Inspiring,heart warming and a different appreciation for star trekies!!

    I cried and laughed with her as I experienced what she had experienced. I cheered and prayed with her family as she was reaching her dreams. I was impressed by her determination.

    This was a beautifully written book, eye opening and heart warming. I hope the children of the World learn from Anousheh's hard work and determination so that each one of them can reach their own starts.

    I wish she had included more pictures of her journey--may be in Part II.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2010

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    Bravo!

    From a celebrated American author, Homer Hickam, whose books are studied at academic institutions, comes the incredible story of Anousheh Ansari. Fantastically written is the only way I'd describe the book as it sets precedence in more ways than one.

    Neda G Ansari

    Executive Director,
    Space Renaissance Initiative
    www.spacerenaissance.org

    Team SYNERGY MOON
    www.synergymoon.org

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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