Anousheh was born on September 12, 1966 in Masshad, Iran. She moved to the United States from Iran in 1984. She received her electrical engineering Bachelors degree from George Mason University and her masters from George Washington University.
In 2006, she began her training as a backup to Daisuke Enomoto for a Soyuz flight to the International Space Station. Daisuke was medically disqualified from participating and the next day Anousheh was promoted to the primary crew.
She has received multiple awards and honors including the George Mason University Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, the George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Region, and the Horatio Alger Award.
Anousheh is clearly a remarkable role model for many and her accomplishments are inspirational. I believe Muslims should be at the forefront of progress in this world and Anousheh is paving the way for many others.