Ansari to replace Enomoto

While there has been no formal announcement from Space Adventures, Roskosmos officials said Tuesday that, as expected, Anousheh Ansari will replace Daisuke Enomoto on the Soyuz flight to the ISS next month. Ansari has been training in parallel with Enomoto as his backup, and when Enomoto was medically disqualified Monday, Ansari was the most likely replacement. The decision to replace Enomoto with Ansari will be “formalized” next week, according to a Roskosmos spokesman. Ansari would become the “first female space tourist”, although some might quibble that Helen Sharman might qualify as the first; at the very least, Ansari would be the first female space tourist to pay for her flight herself.

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