Anousheh Ansari is the first female private space explorer and first space ambassador, earning a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.
A few years later, after I met my husband and got married, we both left our company and started a company of our own.
It was an adjustment for me to transition from being an engineer to being an entrepreneur.
I underwent a six-month training program in Russia s Star City, as well as cross-training at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Once you can see the earth from space, you become a truly global citizen, who can only think of things at the global level.
Change needs to start with young girls, before they even begin to consider where life may take them, before high school or college, when decisions about careers are being made.