Anousheh Ansari Blasts off to Space

Anousheh AnsariThe first female to travel to space as a tourist, Anousheh Ansari, has blasted off from Russia on her way to the International Space Station. The Ansari family were the prime sponsor of the Ansari X PRIZE (a US $10 Million dollar prize won by Burt Rutan – funded by Paul Allen – with Space Ship One in 2004).
Hurricane Helene and Hurricane Lane in Google EarthYou can view a Soyuz TM rocket, like the one Anousheh launched in today, by loading this collection of 3D models. The collection shows the launch gantry and other nearby buildings at the Russian Baikonur launch site as well as your choice of several rockets. After loading the file , select the Soyuz TM model. These models were built and posted by ‘jpwade’ at the GE Community.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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