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

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

by Anousheh Ansari, Homer Hickam
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My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer by Anousheh Ansari, Homer Hickam

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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ISBN-13: 9780230619937
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 6.32(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Neda_G_Ansari More than 1 year ago
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 Team SYNERGY MOON
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