A US woman is set to become the first female space tourist. Anoushe Ansari, 38, was originally an understudy for the flight but now has her chance after the Japanese man booked on the trip failed medical tests. Iranian-born Ansari will be the third person to pay for the right to go into space. The voyage will cost her just over 21 million dollars. She is now undergoing preoperational training for the flight which takes off on September 14.
Some of the equipment on board the Soyuz spacecraft, such as the toilet and the pilot’s chair, will have to be adapted for its new female passenger. On Planet Earth, Ansari is the president of a telecoms company. In orbit she will travel to the International Space Station over the course of her 10-day out-of-this-world holiday.