Anousheh Ansari (USA, 1966-Present)
In 2006, Anousheh became the first Muslim woman in space.
When asked about what she hoped to achieve on her spaceflight, she said,
"I hope to inspire everyone -- especially young people, women and young girls all over the world and in Middle Eastern countries that do not provide women with the same opportunities as men -- to not give up their dreams and to pursue them. ... It may seem impossible to them at times. But I believe they can realize their dreams if they keep it in their hearts, nurture it, and look for opportunities and make those opportunities happen."