Anousheh Ansari is an Iranian American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. The Ansari family is also the title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize. On September 18, 2006, a few days after her 40th birthday, she became the first Iranian in space. Ansari was the fourth overall self-funded space tourist, and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station.
She is the CEO of the X Prize Foundation. Ansari intended to wear the U.S. flag on her spacesuit alongside a politically neutral version of the Iranian flag, i.e., the simple 3-color flag with no government-specific emblem, to honor the two countries that have contributed to her life.
Ansari holds a plant grown in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station.
In the Star Wars movie series, there is a character named Princess Leia, and I created the piece based on her character.