When Anousheh Ansari traveled to the International Space Station in 2006, she became the first-ever female space tourist and the fourth self-funded space traveler in history. It took seven months of training and cost her about $20 million to go to space, but it was time and money well-spent because the views were so spectacular, according to the Iranian-American. “It’s like a symphony, with the lights changing and watching the terminator (or twilight zone) move across the Earth as day changed to night,” she said.
Ansari, an IT entrepreneur, reflected on her voyage to space with Mashable this week. In the decade since her trip, she’s become a space movie buff (“[Movies like Gravity, The Martian] take me back to my experience, and I get so absorbed”), but has also dedicated her tech smarts to helping bring Internet access to rural parts of India through her company, Prodea. “I get 4G connectivity in Rajasthan, but very few people have smartphones,” she said. “Even though you read about smartphone adoption growing, it’s probably just the head of the family getting sole use of the phone, and the women and children don’t.”
Prodea works through the installation of Internet-connected boxes to television sets. Ansari expects that at least 10,000 homes in Rajasthan will be connected to the web through the devices by the end of the year.
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